Trump is removing US Secret Service director

Saul Bowman
April 9, 2019

Secret Service Director Randolph Alles is leaving his position at the direction of President Donald Trump, according to two administration officials familiar with the decision.

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

A law enforcement official told Fox News that, inside the agency, the news of Alles' departure came as a surprise.

Alles departure comes just one day after Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen's own ouster was announced by Trump via a tweet.

A source involved in the process pointed out that both Alles and Nielsen were brought into the administration by former White House chief of staff John Kelly.

Trump has reportedly become "unhinged" as large numbers of migrants have been approaching the United States border in an effort to claim asylum in the country.

"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 first sign of Trump's overhaul of Homeland Security came late on Thursday, when he abruptly pulled his nomination of Ron Vitiello as director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, part of DHS.

"I could not be happier with Secret Service", Trump told reporters at the White House on Wednesday.

He told USA Today in a 2017 interview that the agency's funding problems were partly caused by the president's large family and their multiple, oft-visited Trump properties both in the US and overseas.

On March 30, a Chinese woman named Yujing Zhang, 32, who reportedly possessed four cellphones, a laptop, a hard drive and a thumb drive, which contained "malicious malware", passed security checkpoints at the resort and reached the main reception, then was arrested at Mar-a-Lago resort.

The Secret Service and ICE are each part of DHS.

The president's childish nickname for the retired Marine major general was revealed by the New York Times on Monday and was based on information obtained from two officials who spoke to the Time on the matter.

A senior administration official said Trump, who has recently expressed growing anger about the situation at the border, asked for Nielsen's resignation.

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