President Donald Trump’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) head chose on Thursday to make an odd announcement to the press. Nielsen stated her department’s employees were furloughed or worked without pay during Trump’s 35 day partial government shutdown.
But despite the shutdown orchestrated by her boss, Nielsen wanted everyone to know DHS personnel were committed to the security of…
…Super Bowl LIII.
Secretary Nielsen stated:
“Despite last month’s lapse in funding, DHS employees are and have been committed to keeping our nation and Super Bowl LIII secure.”
Nielsen also spoke of “minimizing inconvenience to our fans.”
Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen: “Despite last month’s lapse in funding, DHS employees are and have been committed to keeping our nation and Super Bowl LIII secure.” pic.twitter.com/JEySXgfovf
— The Hill (@thehill) January 31, 2019
— The Hill (@thehill) January 30, 2019
Today I had the opportunity to join the @NFL and all our partners during a visit to the Joint Operations Center & @MBStadium to discuss how we are working to ensure this weekend remains safe & secure. pic.twitter.com/4dgDZ5qCKO
— Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen (@SecNielsen) January 30, 2019
While the remarks were made at a press conference for Super Bowl LIII, people questioned why this was a priority for the head of DHS, who is a cabinet-level official.
Does Nielsen think she is part of the NFL and their fans are her fans? Should relief efforts for the many DHS employees subjected to the 35-day shutdown of their agencies not be her priority while any other official could have gone to the Super Bowl press conference?
People were upset with Nielsen’s priorities.
Hopefully the players keep their kids away from her.
— botoxed camel (@mccbumgarner) January 30, 2019
Kids in cages and other issues and we’re going to keep the Super Bowl safe. Our priorities are a little askew don’t you think DHS?
— Possum (@Ladypossum) January 31, 2019
Since you’re making such an effort to make your presence known. It’s only proper to give a moment of silence on their knee in Jakelin’s memory, and for all the immigrants you are hunting. The crisis is the one you are creating. I guess y’all just want free seats. NTSB is paid? pic.twitter.com/WrrdjUbHiI
— Larry H (@Hillcrest1111) January 31, 2019
Cages for everyone!
— Julie West (@juliablulia) January 30, 2019
“Money was tight but we still were able to separate a few families.”
— Mat ‘Born to Suborn’ Bolton (@mat_bolton) January 31, 2019
People questioned why the embattled head of DHS needed to go to Atlanta personally and address the press on behalf of the Super Bowl when her department just suffered through the longest shutdown in United States history.