Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen doesn't directly deny resignation report

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But Mexico refused to pay for the wall, and despite Trump's efforts to limit undocumented immigration, the rate of attempted border crossings may have risen - estimates show that in April, US Border Patrol agents apprehended almost 40,000 people in March, or a 200% increase from 2017.

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. "I share his frustration", Nielsen said in a statement.

A lingering belief that Trump has reportedly held onto was that Nielsen was resisting his idea of separating children from their families when they cross the US-Mexico border illegally. "I wouldn't put it quite that way", he said. "[She would] continue to direct the Department to do all we can to implement the President's security-focused agenda". They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to disclose private conversations.

According to The New York Times, the president complained his administration has to do more on border security.

Trump has pursued his crackdown on legal and illegal immigration since becoming president, promising to strengthen the nation's borders and to build a wall along the US-Mexico border.

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Mr. Trump's anger toward Ms. Nielsen, who was sitting several seats to his left at the meeting, was part of a lengthy tirade in which the president railed at his cabinet about what he said was its lack of progress toward sealing the country's borders against illegal immigrants, according to one person who was present at the meeting.
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President Donald Trump walks across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 10, 2018, as he returns from nearby Andrews Air Force Base, Md., following an evening trip to Elkhart, Ind., for a campaign rally.

A Department of Homeland Security spokesman poured cold water on a report claiming its chief nearly resigned after an angry outburst by President Trump.

Earlier this month, the Department of Homeland Security said it would end protections for 57,000 Hondurans in January 2020, leaving them vulnerable to deportation. Chief of Staff John Kelly defended the policy in an interview Thursday with NPR, explaining that the brutal "technique" was temporarily necessary to deter migrants who "don't integrate well" into American society.

The incident came amidst the president's frustration over his administration's failure to fully fund the border wall.