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President Donald Trump sacks Secret Service boss Randolph Alles

09 April 2019

US Secret Service director Randolph "Tex" Alles is the latest administration official to get the boot as the president prepares to assemble a team that takes an even harder line on immigration. Alles will remain in his role until then. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed in a statement that Alles will leave "shortly" and James M. Murray, a career Secret Service member, will take over in May.

The officials said it was unrelated to both the resignation of Nielsen and a recent security breach at the president's private Mar-a-Lago club in Florida, in which a Chinese national gained entrance by saying she wanted to use the pool.

A senior administration official said Trump asked for Nielsen's resignation when the two met at the White House on Sunday.

It was unclear what prompted his firing, but the news comes less than 24 hours after Trump forced out Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

CNN is reporting this afternoon that Secret Service officials found out about the director being removed... from CNN.

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A DHS official described the reported firings to CNN as "a near-systematic purge".

These departures also come as Mr. Trump announced last week he wants to go in a "tougher" direction than his original pick for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Tom Vitiello. President Trump announced on Monday that Alles will be replaced.

Her departure had been long rumored particularly after criticism of the administration's 2018 family separation policy at the border with Mexico and as United States border officials estimated that 100,000 migrants were apprehended at the southern border in March, the highest level in a decade.

"Two other top officials, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Francis Cissna and Office of the General Counsel's John Mitnick are also expected to depart soon, according to one official - raising the prospect of a much broader cleaning of house among the Homeland Security leadership ranks".

"Secret Service has done a fantastic job from Day 1".

President Donald Trump sacks Secret Service boss Randolph Alles