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Here's what Homeland Security chief said about report that Trump 'berated' her over immigration

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen released a statement about a New York Times report that she was close to quitting after President Donald Trump reportedly "berated" her in front of other administration members. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen released a statement about the New York Times report that she was contemplating resigning her position after being "berated" by President Donald Trump.

Here's what Nielsen said:

“The President is rightly frustrated that existing loopholes and the lack of Congressional action have prevented this administration from fully securing the border and protecting the American people," Nielsen said in the statement.

"I share his frustration," she added.

"Border security is the most basic and necessary responsibility of a sovereign nation," she continued. "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."

"It is my great honor to represent the men and women of DHS who work every day to enforce our laws and secure our nation," she concluded.

Here's what the New York Times reported:

The report said that Nielsen told several of her colleagues that she was considering resigning because the president berated her for failures in fulfilling his promises to seal the border against illegal immigrant crossings.

“We’ve very much toughened up the border, but the laws are horrible,” Trump said, according to the report. “The laws in this country for immigration and illegal immigration are absolutely horrible."

"And we have to do something about it — not only the wall, which we’re building sections of the wall right now,” he reportedly added.

A Department of Homeland Security spokesman denied specific details of the report, including that she had already drafted a resignation letter, and that she was close to resigning.

When White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked about the meeting, she responded simply, “the president is committed to fixing our broken immigration system and our porous borders.”

Trump was said to be angry that he was robbed of a talking point that his policies had driven down illegal immigrant crossings. Early in his term, illegal immigrant crossings dropped precipitously, but have seen them rising steadily up. The administration has announced a "no tolerance" policy on the presence of illegal immigrants in the country.

Here's the CNN report about the NYT claims:

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