NYT columnist Frank Bruni: Working for Trump like an 'acid bath'

New York Times columnist Frank Bruni speculated early Monday that former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenDOJ to Supreme Court: Trump decision to end DACA was lawful Top immigration aide experienced 'jolt of electricity to my soul' when Trump announced campaign Trump casts uncertainty over top intelligence role MORE was "paranoid" while working for President TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' MORE, adding that serving in his administration is "an acid bath, not a job." 

"[Nielsen] will go down more than Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonTrump says No. 2 State Dept. official could become next Russia envoy The Hill's Morning Report - Trump searches for backstops amid recession worries State Dept. extends travel ban to North Korea MORE and Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsDOJ should take action against China's Twitter propaganda Lewandowski says he's 'happy' to testify before House panel The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy MORE as what it’s like to work for Donald Trump in this administration," Bruni said during a panel discussion on CNN's "New Day," referring to the former secretary of State and former attorney general, respectively. "Your reputation is shredded. You compromise your principles, and at the end of the day, you end up paranoid."

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"She was paranoid in recent weeks because she saw signs she was going to be canned even though the president wasn’t telling her," the staunch Trump critic continued. "How do you work in this administration? It’s an acid bath, not a job."

"They are at [Trump's] mercy and whims," he concluded.

The commentary from Bruni, who also serves as a CNN contributor, comes one day after the president announced Nielsen's resignation on Twitter while naming Kevin McAleenan acting secretary of Homeland Security.

Nielsen wrote in her letter of resignation that she had “determined that it is the right time for me to step aside.”

“I hope that the next secretary will have the support of Congress and the courts in fixing the laws which have impeded our ability to fully secure America’s borders and which have contributed to discord in our nation’s discourse,” she wrote.

Nielsen, 46, had held the role since December 2017.