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 NielsenCongressional Hispanic Caucus demands answers on death of migrant children Trump expected to tap Cuccinelli for new immigration post Kobach gave list of demands to White House for 'immigration czar' job: report MORE was "paranoid" while working for President TrumpDonald John TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' MORE, adding that serving in his administration is "an acid bath, not a job." 

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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.