Nielsen meets with NFL officials to discuss Super Bowl security

Nielsen meets with NFL officials to discuss Super Bowl security
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Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenActing DHS secretary says he expects Russia to attempt to interfere in 2020 elections House Homeland Security rip DHS's 'unacceptable' failure to comply with subpoena Trump puts Kushner in charge of overseeing border wall construction: report MORE on Wednesday met with NFL and Atlanta officials to discuss security operations for Sunday's Super Bowl.

Nielsen tweeted that nearly 600 DHS employees and more than 500 other federal personnel have worked with local law enforcement on safety and security efforts ahead of the game this weekend.

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"DHS works hard so football fans can have fun," she tweeted.

Nielsen shared photos of her visits to the city's Joint Operations Center, as well as Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The secretary met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and local law enforcement leaders, among others.

 

Atlanta has been preparing for months to host Super Bowl LIII, which will pit the New England Patriots against the Los Angeles Rams. The game will kick off on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. EST.

The NFL's annual marquee event is expected to draw tens of thousands of visitors to Atlanta, and Mercedes-Benz Stadium seats 71,000 people.

Nielsen has attracted the ire of some Democrats back in Washington, D.C., as House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie ThompsonBennie Gordon ThompsonMississippi governor calls for reform after prison deaths: 'I've seen enough' Hillicon Valley — Presented by Philip Morris International — NFL social media accounts hacked | Dem questions border chief over controversial Facebook group | Clinton says Zuckerberg has 'authoritarian' views Democrat questions new border chief's involvement in Facebook group with racist, sexist posts MORE (D-Miss.) on Wednesday said he could subpoena the secretary to appear before his committee.

Thompson in a letter Tuesday criticized Nielsen for refusing to testify on Feb. 6 about border security, calling her decision "unacceptable." DHS said Nielsen had accepted the invitation to testify but proposed alternative dates in February.