Donald Trump Removing Secret Service Director Randolph Alles

Donald Trump Removing Secret Service Director Randolph Alles

Donald Trump Removing Secret Service Director Randolph Alles

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said James Murray, a career Secret Service agent, will take over the Secret Service in May.

Alles had been told Trump was preparing to make changes in leadership throughout the Department of Homeland Security, which includes oversight of the Secret Service.

Her departure had been long rumored particularly after criticism of the administration's 2018 family separation policy at the border with Mexico and as U.S. border officials estimated that 100,000 migrants were apprehended at the southern border in March, the highest level in a decade.

The White House confirmed Mr Alles - who reported directly to Ms Nielsen - would go, but did not say whether Mr Trump fired him.

Just five days ago, Trump said he "could not be happier with Secret Service" following the Mar-a-Lago incident.

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His appointment was set to fulfill the recommendations of a group of former senior government officials that reviewed the Secret Service in 2014 and found that it was an "insular agency" in need of an outsider to lead it.

A source familiar with the director said his ouster was not related to the recent scrutiny the Secret Service got after a Chinese woman illegally entered the President's Mar-a-Lago club carrying Chinese passports and a flash drive containing malware.

"Two other top officials, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Francis Cissna and Office of the General Counsel's John Mitnick are also expected to depart soon, according to one official - raising the prospect of a much broader cleaning of house among the Homeland Security leadership ranks".

Administration sources tell Fox News that the withdrawal of Vitiello's nomination was the first step in Trump's plan to control the border crisis. The director oversees the Secret Service's work on both protection and investigations.

Interim secretaries are also in place at the Departments of Defence, the Department of the Interior and the Office of Management and Budget, among other federal agencies.

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