DONALD Trump has reportedly axed Secret Service Director Randolph ‘Tex’ Alles amid a massive shake-up in US Homeland Security.
Three other top officials also quit on Monday hours after department secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was ousted after clashing with the President over illegal immigrants.
Trump has selected James Murray to lead the Secret Service agency and he is expected to assume the role next month.
Alles’ departure stems from a personality conflict within the agency, three officials said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
The officials claimed it was unrelated to the resignation of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and a recent security breach at the president’s private club in Florida.
But it comes amid a huge turnover across DHS that began last week when Trump withdrew his Immigration and Customs Enforcement director’s nomination to stay on permanently.
US Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Lee Cissna is also leaving, according to CBS News.
So are DHS undersecretary for management Claire Grady and general counsel John Mitnick.
Alles, a former Marine general who had no prior ties to the Secret Service, was recommended to the post by former White House chief of staff John Kelly.
He had been the acting deputy commissioner of Customs and Border Protection.
In a message to the agency’s workforce, Alles said he was not fired, but said Trump had “directed an orderly transition in leadership for this agency.”
He is the latest casualty in the Trump administration’s unprecedented churn of top staff and Cabinet officials.
It comes hours after US Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen resigned after clashing with Trump over the Mexico border.
Tensions are understood to have been mounting between Nielsen and the President for months amid his growing frustration over border security.
“Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen will be leaving her position, and I would like to thank her for her service,” Trump tweeted on Sunday.
He announced U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan will be acting secretary.
Nielsen’s time at Homeland has been marked by a tumultuous relationship with Trump, who has railed against the flood of immigrants coming across the border and blamed Nielsen for not stopping it.
“I have determined that it is the right time for me to step aside,” Nielsen wrote in her resignation letter.
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“I hope that the next secretary will have the support of Congress and the courts in fixing the laws which have impeded our ability to fully secure America’s borders and which have contributed to discord in our nation’s discourse.”
Nielsen had grown increasingly frustrated by what she saw as a lack of support from other departments and increased meddling by Trump aides on difficult immigration issues, according to three people familiar with details of her resignation.
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