Trump removes secret service director in agency’s ‘near-systematic purge’

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.

Trump instructed his acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, to fire Alles, CNN reported, citing multiple administration officials.

"I could not be happier with Secret Service", Trump said on Wednesday when asked about the breach by reporters.

The departures indicate unstable circumstances at the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the Secret Service.

One anonymous official tells CNN that the Trump White House is undergoing something close to a full cleansing of people working at important national security positions. CNBC added, "White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says, adding that President Donald Trump "has selected James M. Murray, a career member of the USSS, to take over as director beginning in May".

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L. Francis Cissna, director of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services agency, and department General Counsel John Mitnick also are expected to be out of their jobs soon, CNN reported.

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

His ouster comes after a Chinese woman carrying a thumb drive infected with malware talked her way into Mar-a-Lago, the president's club in Palm Beach, Fla., while the president was nearby.

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. This access does not afford an individual proximity to the President or other Secret Service protectees. Alles will remain in his role until then.

Alles, appointed to the post by Trump in April 2017, previously held a senior job at the US Customs and Border Protection agency and served 35 years in the US Marine Corps before retiring as a major general in 2011.

  • Sonia Alvarado