Trump is removing U.S. Secret Service director

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Trump fires Secret Service chief – reports

United States Secret Service director Randolph "Tex" Alles is being removed from his position, multiple administration officials tell CNN. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed in a statement that Alles will leave "shortly" and James M. Murray, a career Secret Service member, will take over in May.

A law enforcement official told Fox News that, inside the agency, the news of Alles' departure came as a surprise. On Sunday, Trump announced that Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen would be stepping down.

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.

"The president has directed an orderly transition in leadership for this agency and I intend to abide by that direction", Alles said.

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

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Alles, who previously served as the acting deputy commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, oversaw the Secret Service as it faced money problems amid reports that the first family was straining protective resources.

And after the security breach, Trump praised the Secret Service.

The Secret Service is responsible for protecting senior USA officials including the president and vice president, former presidents and visiting heads of state.

One official described the firings as "a near-systematic purge" at the Department of Homeland Security.

Director of the US Secret Service Randolph Alles speaks during a press conference at the Department of Justice in Washington, on October 26, 2018.

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The Secret Service does not determine who is invited or welcome at Mar-a-Lago; this is the responsibility of the host entity.

Mr Alles was appointed by Mr Trump in April 2017.

Secret Service agents arrested a Chinese woman after she gained access to the reception area of the Mar-a-Lago Club last month, saying they found she was carrying two passports and a thumb drive containing malicious software, according to court documents.

Alles had been in the role for two years and came into the job after serving time as a major general in the Marines.

There was no official explanation why he may have been asked to leave.

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