Nielsen said Mr. Trump is "rightly frustrated" that his administration has been prevented "from fully securing the border and protecting the American people" and she shares that frustration. Two senior White House officials described Nielsen as upset after the meeting, but said they were unaware of such a letter or threats to resign.
1 person in the assembly said Trump railed in the whole Cabinet on what he said was deficiency of advancement keeping out illegal immigrants, " the occasions said.
A Homeland Security spokesperson later denied the claims made in The Times's report: "The [New York Times] article alleging that the Secretary drafted a resignation letter yesterday and was close to resigning is false", spokesperson Tyler Houlton said. Another report from Politico noted that Trump is growing increasingly frustrated with Nielsen, and the knives may be coming out for her.
Trump nominated Nielsen to lead the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Donald Trump had grown angry in recent weeks for reports of a roughly 1,200-person "caravan" of asylum-seekers from Central America traveling toward the USA border. "These are complex issues and I will continue to direct the Department to do all we can to implement the President's security-focused agenda".
The president's eruption was witnessed by Cabinet members plus a number of senior White House officials - including counselor Kellyanne Conway, advisers Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, immigration adviser Stephen Miller and chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow.
According to the New York Times' report, Trump has been angry that Nielsen has been "resisting his direction that parents be separated from their children when families cross illegally into the United States". They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to disclose private conversations.
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Nielsen was nominated as Homeland Security secretary in December, after former secretary John Kelly was selected to become Trump's chief of staff.
The White House did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request.
"We should fold all of the TPS people that have been here for a considerable period of time and find a way for them to be on a path to citizenship", Kelly, one of President Donald Trump's top aides, said in an interview.
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.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week announced a new "zero-tolerance" policy toward people who enter the United States illegally that may cause more separations.
The incident came amidst the president's frustration over his administration's failure to fully fund the border wall.