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President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump defends indicted GOP congressman House to vote Thursday on holding Bannon in contempt Youngkin calls for investigation into Loudoun County School Board amid sexual assault allegations MORE said Wednesday he will decide “shortly” on the fate on Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenFar-left bullies resort to harassing, shaming Kyrsten Sinema — it won't work Ex-Trump official: 'No. 1 national security threat I've ever seen' is GOP Left-leaning group to track which companies hire former top Trump aides MORE, whom he is considering ousting as secretary of Homeland Security.
“I’m looking at things. I haven’t made a decision yet,” Trump said in an interview with the conservative website The Daily Caller.
“I will be making a decision on homeland shortly. I have not made decisions yet. I will be making changes on various things.”
The comments are Trump's first on the post-midterm shakeup he is considering for his senior White House staff and Cabinet, which is centered around Nielsen.
Trump has long been frustrated with his Homeland Security chief over his belief that she has not been aggressive enough on immigration enforcement.
Nielsen's exit could trigger the departure of White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE, a staunch ally of Nielsen, who served as his chief of staff while Kelly was secretary of Homeland Security. Nielsen was also White House deputy chief of staff once Kelly moved to his current role.
The president on Wednesday downplayed the notion that such a shakeup signals that his White House is mired in chaos.
“Always in an administration after the midterms we make changes,” Trump said, claiming that many people are interested in joining his White House.
“We’re looking at a lot of options,” he continued. “A lot of people want to come in, a lot of politicians who have had very successful careers want to come in.”
The president's comments come amid warnings from sources close to the administration who said no final decisions have been made despite a flurry of media reports on Tuesday indicating that major changes are imminent.
Kelly has reportedly attempted to save Nielsen's job, and the top contender to replace Kelly, Vice President Pence's chief of staff Nick Ayers, has many enemies inside the White House even though he has the backing of advisers Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerHillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Hackers are making big money Kushner associate pardoned by Trump in plea discussions over cyberstalking charges Biden has an opportunity to put his own stamp on Arab-Israeli relations MORE and Ivanka TrumpIvanka TrumpGrisham: Time in Trump administration 'will follow me forever' Grisham: Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump saw themselves as 'shadow president and first lady' Grisham says her 'enabling' cost lives during pandemic MORE.