Secret Service director is the latest Trump official to be ousted

Secret Service director is the latest Trump official to be ousted

Trump, in fact, had no intention of appointing Alles, a retired Marine Corps major general and old friend of fellow marine Kelly's.

But Alles' unfamiliarity with the agency led to conflicts, said the officials.

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.

The head of the US Secret Service, which guards President Donald Trump and visiting heads of state, is stepping down, the White House said Monday in the administration's latest sign of turbulence. CNBC added, "White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says, adding that President Donald Trump "has selected James M. Murray, a career member of the USSS, to take over as director beginning in May".

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.

In an email to employees at his agency obtained by CNN's Jim Acosta, Alles told the workforce he was not fired, but was told weeks ago that the administration would be making "transitions in leadership" at the Department of Homeland Security.

Among those in the president's cross hairs are, reportedly L Francis Cissna with US Citizenship and Immigration Services and John Mitnik, the general counsel for the Secret Service.




In his book, Kessler concluded "nothing has changed within the Secret Service since the party-crashing Salahis went prancing into the White House state dinner back in 2009, or since I broke the Secret Service prostitution scandal in 2012".

Chuck Schumer, the top Democrat in the Senate, called for Alles to testify before Congress "as soon as possible about the potential security vulnerabilities at Mar-a-Lago ... and other counterintelligence and national security threats".

He expressed "regret" he was not able to address the department before the news broke. One Secret Service source described Murray as a "good pick".

The Trump administration did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment.

Earlier on Monday, media reported that Trump had ordered White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney to fire Alles. The president said Kevin McAleenan, the current U.S. Customs and Border Protection commissioner, would become acting DHS secretary.

Nielsen and Trump had often clashed over immigration issues during her 16 months in the job.

Trump was so frustrated about the surge in migrants that he announced he would cut off USA aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

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