Trump removes Secret Service director


President Donald Trump fired Secret Service Director Randolph Alles on Monday, according to ABC News, which reported that a law enforcement official stated Alles was informed of the decision roughly two weeks ago.

U.S. Secret Service Director Randolph "Tex" Alles was sacked Monday, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Lee Cissna, DHS undersecretary for management Claire Grady and DHS general counsel John Mitnick are also leaving the administration.

He reports to the head of the Department of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, who resigned Sunday.

Alles has been asked to leave on Monday, a number of United States mainstream media outlets reported citing anonymous administration officials.

Last week, Mr Trump said he "could not be happier" with the Secret Service.

Director of the United States Secret Service Randolph Alles meets with guests before speaking at the Atlanta Press Club in Atlanta, Feb. 1, 2018.

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White House press secretary Sarah Sanders soon confirmed the news to multiple outlets, saying Alles would be "leaving shortly" without specifying whether he was voluntarily resigning.

Last week, a Chinese national was caught at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, in possession of a flash drive containing malware.

The first sign of the overhaul came late on Thursday, when Trump abruptly pulled his nomination of Ron Vitiello as director of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, part of DHS. "Very happy with them", Trump said during a White House event when asked by reporters about the Mar-a-Lago trespasser.

Alles, a former Marine general, was recommended to the post by former White House chief of staff John Kelly. Alles will remain in his role until then. Trump also announced that Kevin McAleenan, the US Customs and Border Protection commissioner, would become acting DHS secretary.

Trump recently empowered adviser and immigration hardliner Stephen Miller to take charge of Team Trump's border policies "and he's executing his plan" by dismantling Homeland Security's leadership, the official said.