Secret Service director to leave Trump admin

U.S. Secret Service director stepping down in apparent DHS purge reports

Mr. Alles, a retired Marine major general who goes by Tex and was the first person from outside the Secret Service to head the agency in more than a century, received instructions 10 days ago to come up with an exit plan and was expected to leave on his own timeline, according to officials familiar with the discussions.

But other reports said Alles could have lost his job due to some twist in the reportedly often heated internal political battles over White House staffing.

"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.

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

News of Alles forthcoming departure comes as Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was asked to resign by President Donald Trump amid an ongoing migrant crisis on the southern border.

The director of the U.S. Secret Service is leaving his position, NBC News confirmed on Monday.

"Secret Service has done a fantastic job from day one".




In the unusual episode, an unauthorized woman got past security carrying Chinese passports and numerous electronic devices, including phones and a thumb drive allegedly found to contain malware.

Director of the United States Secret Service, Randolph "Tex" Alles, speaks at the Atlanta Press Club in Atlanta.

Ron Johnson, the Republican chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, said in a statement that he was "concerned with a growing leadership void within the department tasked with addressing some of the most significant problems facing the nation".

The White House did not respond to requests for comment on the overhaul of the department. He had been the acting deputy commissioner of Customs and Border Protection.

Trump, seeking re-election in 2020, has taken a hard line towards immigration since becoming president in January 2017, and the issue may be a central theme in next year's election.

Alles insisted he was not fired in a letter emailed to staffers at the Secret Service on Monday and revealed he was informed weeks ago that the Trump administration meant to execute "transitions in leadership" across DHS.

Mr. Trump has repeatedly expressed his frustration with the flow of migrants crossing the U.S. -Mexico border, and his top officials' inability to fix the matter.

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