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U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has resigned her post in the Trump administration, in a surprise announcement early Sunday evening.

President Donald Trump tweeted the news, saying Nielson “will be leaving her position, and I would like to thank her for her service . . . “

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In a second, followup tweet, he added that her temporary replacement would be Kevin McAleenan, the current U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner.

Neilsen faced many challenges in her post, but the final reason that prompted her resignation remains unclear.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.