In a report following on the heels of Nielsen's resignation, The New York Times detailed how Trump would call Nielsen at home early in the morning to demand that she "take action to stop migrants from entering the country.".
"She repeatedly noted the limitations imposed on her department by federal laws, court settlements and international obligations," the newspaper reported.
The president reportedly berated Nielsen repeatedly in front of her peers during a Cabinet meeting, leading her to draft a resignation letter.
"Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen will be leaving her position, and I would like to thank her for her service," the president said.
But according to The Times, Nielsen had requested a meeting with Trump to plan "a way forward" for dealing with the situation at the southern border.
While Nielsen came prepared with a list of ways to improve her relationship with the president, according to The Times, Trump was "determined to ask for her resignation."
And after that meeting, she submitted it, The Times reported, citing three people familiar with the meeting. »