Published: Tue, April 09, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Director of US Secret Service leaving position

Director of US Secret Service leaving position

President Donald Trump requested the removal of U.S. Secret Service Chief Randolph Alles as part of a broader shakeup at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), two sources familiar with the process tell The Daily Caller.

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

CNN reporting a full purge may be coming at DHS: "United States Citizenship and Immigration Services director Francis Cissna and Office of the General Counsel's John Mitnick are expected to be gone soon, and the White House is eyeing others to be removed".

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.

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

The Secret Service director reports directly to the secretary of homeland security, Kirstjen Nielsen, who was forced out on Sunday following months of pressure from Trump, who blamed her for the recent surge in family migrations at the southern border.

Nielsen and Trump met over the weekend at the White House, and Trump later announced she should resign as head of the agency, which oversees the Secret Service.

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.

Following an incident last week, where a Chinese woman entered Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort carrying Chinese passports and a flash drive with malware, Trump said he "could not be happier" with the job the Secret Service is doing.

U.S. Secret Service Director Randolph Alles participates in a news conference about "significant law enforcement actions related to elder fraud" in Washington, U.S. March 7, 2019. Cissna is director of United States citizenship and immigration services, which runs the legal immigration system.

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