The head of the US Secret Service, which guards President Donald Trump and visiting heads of state, is stepping down, the White House said yesterday.
"US Secret Service director Randolph 'Tex' Alles...will be leaving shortly and President Trump has selected James M. Murray, a career member of the USSS, to take over as director beginning in May," Trump's spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.
No reason was given for the sudden departure of Alles
No reason was given for the sudden departure of former Marine general Alles.
There was speculation in the US-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.
Alles lost job due to internal political battles, said reports
However, other reports said that Alles could have lost his job due to some twist in the reportedly often heated internal political battles over White House staffing.
On Sunday, President Trump announced via tweet the departure of Homeland Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who has spearheaded his controversial policies on trying to stop illegal immigrants and asylum seekers from entering the United States.
Secretary of Homeland Security will be leaving her position: Trump
Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen will be leaving her position, and I would like to thank her for her service....
Kevin McAleenan will become Acting Secretary for DHS, announced Trump
....I am pleased to announce that Kevin McAleenan, the current U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner, will become Acting Secretary for @DHSgov. I have confidence that Kevin will do a great job!