Homeland Secretary Nielsen resigns; Mulvaney says Dems will never see Trump taxes; U.S. designates Iran military group as terrorists
Here are three political briefs.
The first -- yesterday, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen resigned after meeting with President Trump at the White House.
Trump tweeted that Nielsen will be replaced by Kevin McAleenan, who is the current commissioner of Customs and Border Protection.
Nielsen is gone at a time the U.S. border saw almost 100,000 people detained at the border in March, its highest total of detainments in about 10 years.
Senior officials said that this is one of the main reasons why she was asked to resign.
There is still a national emergency at the border, declared by Trump in February.
The second news -- yesterday, on Fox News, White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said Democrats will never see President Trump’s tax returns.
Mulvaney also said this was old news and people don’t care because they elected Trump.
Democratic leaders have asked the IRS to provide several years of Trump’s personal and business taxes.
Last Friday, Trump said that he won’t release the information because he is under audit. This is the same reason Trump gave in the past for not releasing his tax returns.
But IRS officials have said taxpayers who are under audit are free to release their returns.
The third news — President Trump announced the U.S. has designated Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization.
AP News said this is the first time the U.S. has designated a part of another government as a terrorist organization.
The IRGC was formed after the 1979 revolution in Iran. It is an independent military group that reports only to the supreme leader.
AP News explained that it will make diplomacy in the Middle East more complicated. The IRGC said they would retaliate.