Secret Service director to leave Trump admin

Secret Service director to leave Trump admin

Secret Service director to leave Trump admin

That's according to two administration officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the personnel matter.

Alles, a former Marine general who had no prior ties to the Secret Service, was recommended to the post by former White House chief of staff John Kelly.

The news was confirmed by White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders in a statement.

Trump has selected Secret Service Agent James Murray to replace Alles in May.

Alles' reported ouster occurred less than a day after Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen abruptly announced her resignation, which came amid pressure and growing dissatisfaction from Trump and immigration hard-liners in the White House.

On Friday, after announcing the withdrawal of Vitiello's nomination, Trump told reporters: "Ron's a good man, but we're going in a tougher direction".

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"This was not based on any single event", the official said, adding that Alles was told President Donald Trump was preparing to make changes in leadership throughout DHS, of which the Secret Service is one component. The removal of Alles leaves the status of virtually every single top official at the DHS either vacant or in an acting capacity including CBP, ICE, FEMA and now the Secret Service.

Director of the United States Secret Service Randolph Alles meets with guests before speaking at the Atlanta Press Club in Atlanta, Feb. 1, 2018.

The decision to remove Alles was reportedly unrelated to an incident last week in which a Chinese national was arrested after entering Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida while in possession of electronics which included a malware-infected thumb drive.

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA - APRIL 08: Outgoing Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen speaks to the media outside of her home on April 08, 2019 in Alexandria, Virginia.

The Republican president, seeking re-election in 2020, has taken a hard line on immigration since taking office in January 2017, and he has said he will make border security a central theme in next year's race.

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