Secret Service head Alles leaving, career official tapped

Secret Service head Alles leaving, career official tapped

Sanders said Alles "has done a great job at the agency over the last two years", and said Trump is thankful for his service. Alles reported to her.

A source told CNN that Alles' removal is not connected to recent scrutiny of the Secret Service after a Chinese woman illegally entered the president's Mar-a-Lago club in Florida carrying Chinese passports and a flash drive containing malware.

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.

The outgoing Secret Service head is expected to be replaced with career agent James Murray, who is expected to take over that role in May, according to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

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

The dismissal of Secret Service Director Randolph "Tex" Alles comes amid major leadership changes at the sprawling Department of Homeland Security.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Francis Cissna and Office of the General Counsel's John Mitnick are also expected to leave the department soon.

Mr Alles's appointment was set to fulfill the recommendations of a group of former senior government officials that reviewed the Secret Service in 2014 and found it was an "insular agency" in need of an outsider to lead it.

There was speculation in the United States media that he may have been axed in connection to an incident in March at Trump's golf club and weekend retreat in Florida, where an unauthorized woman got past security carrying Chinese passports and several electronic devices including a thumb drive allegedly found to contain malware. Trump also announced that Kevin McAleenan, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection commissioner, would become acting DHS secretary.

"In addition to congressional dysfunction, I am concerned with a growing leadership void within the department tasked with addressing some of the most significant problems facing the nation". One Secret Service source described Murray as a "good pick". The White House and DHS did not respond to requests for comment.

The Republican president, seeking re-election in 2020, has taken a hard line on immigration since taking office in January 2017, and he has said he will make border security a central theme in next year's race.

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