Former DHS head took up cyber despite White House aversion

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top White House official told then-Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen not to bring up election security with President Donald Trump.

The move steered her away from discussing a critical national security threat with a president who bristles at suggestions that Russian interference contributed to his 2016 victory.

That’s according two people familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. and spoke on condition of anonymity.

But another official says the guidance from acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney wasn’t related to the election interference, but to keep the White House meetings concentrated on border security, the most visible part Homeland Security and the top item on Trump’s political agenda.

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