What Trump didn't note when conveying those orders, however, is that the US has a domestic and worldwide legal obligation to process any immigrant who comes to its borders seeking asylum.
Instead, she told the newspaper that she will "continue to direct the department to do all we can to implement the president's security-focused agenda" as head of almost 20,000 department employees.
The New York Times and Politico reported that Nielsen, who began the job in December, drafted a resignation letter.
Also, does anybody else miss the days when White House reporters could go years at a time without having to use the word tirade to describe Cabinet meetings?
The New York Times reported Thursday that the president has growing increasingly angry with Nielsen over what he feels is the country's inability to adequately secure its border.
At the meeting, Trump railed against her for failing to stop illegal border crossings.
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Nielsen, 45, who was named to the post after John Kelly was named chief of staff, oversees 20,000 border agents through Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
She added that "border security is the most basic and necessary responsibility of a sovereign nation" and said she would "continue to direct the department to do all we can to implement the president's security-focused agenda".
In recent months, the southern border has been inundated with illegal immigration and Central American asylum-seekers who traveled with a caravan, taunting President Trump's DHS along the way. He urged voters to "give me some reinforcements, please" in the form of new Republican members.
While border apprehensions dipped a year ago to their lowest levels ever, the numbers have been ticking up in recent months, returning to more typical historical levels.
The incident came amidst the president's frustration over his administration's failure to fully fund the border wall. "Another person said the president was primarily focused on the homeland security department because he views Ms. Nielsen as primarily responsible for keeping illegal immigrants out of the country".