Secret Service chief is leaving Trump administration

Secret Service chief is leaving Trump administration

Kerry Wise
April 9, 2019

The USSS director was told two weeks ago there would be a transition in leadership and he was asked to stay on until there was a replacement, according to a source close to the director.

Alles took over as head of the Secret Service in April 2017.

President Donald Trump is removing the director of the US Secret Service, the agency that provides protection for him and other top US officials, the White House said today, a day after Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was ousted.

She said Secret Service member James Murray would take over as director in May.

Reports suggest that Alles was asked to step down before the incident at Mar-a-Lago.

Randolph Alles is one of several Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials being ousted on Monday, says the BBC's United States affiliate, CBS News.

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Alles reportedly was told to pack it in before the March 30 security breach at Mar-a-Lago, in which a Chinese woman with a flash drive containing malware and four cellphones bluffed her way into Trump's posh resort. "I could not be prouder of and more humbled by their service, dedication, and commitment to keep our country safe from all threats and hazards", she tweeted with an image of the resignation letter.

Nielsen's resignation came amid an influx of migrants at the U.S. -Mexico border.

With Mr Alles' departure, there are also reports that Ms Grady could be out to smooth the way for Mr McAleenan.

It was unclear what prompted his firing, but the news comes less than 24 hours after Trump forced out Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. Sources told Fox News that Nielsen had been viewed as resistant to some of the immigration measures pushed by the president and his aides, specifically related to protected status for some refugees and policies at the border.

Nielsen's departure is the latest staffing shakeup in the department, which was founded to combat terrorism after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.

The first sign of the overhaul came late on Thursday, when Trump abruptly pulled his nomination of Ron Vitiello as director of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, part of DHS.