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Former DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen Says She Left Post Because ‘Saying No’ Wasn’t Enough

Kirstjen Nielsen, President Donald Trump’s former Department of Homeland Security secretary, said Tuesday she left her post after “it became clear that saying no and refusing it to do it myself was not going to be enough” regarding some policies.

But when pressed on whether she regretted signing the memo that resulted in family separations, Nielsen said, “I don’t regret enforcing the law because I took an oath to do that, as did everybody at the Department of Homeland Security.”

“What I regret is that that information flow and coordination to quickly reunite the families was clearly not in place,” she stated during an interview at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit. She added that it’s the reason why “the practice was stopped through an executive order.”

Read more at USA Today

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