President Trump has ordered White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney to fire U.S. Secret Service Director Randolph Alles, NBC News reported Monday.
CNN reports that Alles remains in his position as of now but has been asked to leave.
The Secret Service director reports directly to the Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, who abruptly resigned on Sunday due to her resistance against Trump’s directive to resume separating migrant children from their families.
The Secret Service recently come under scrutiny for its handling of an incident in which a Chinese national was allowed to enter the president’s Mar-a-Lago club. The national, who at first claimed to be there to swim and later said she was there to attend an event for Chinese-American business leaders, was discovered to be carrying two Chinese passports and a device containing malware.
An administration official told CNN that Alles’s firing was part of “a near-systematic purge happening at the nation’s second-largest national security agency.”
The official said Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Frances Cissna and the Office of the General Counsel’s John Mitnick would also likely depart soon.
CNN notes: “The President in recent weeks empowered Stephen Miller to lead the administration’s border policies ‘and he’s executing his plan’ with what amounts to a wholesale decapitation or the Department of Homeland Security leadership, the official says.”
BREAKING: Randolph "Tex" Alles, director of the US Secret Service, is leaving his position, @PeteWilliamsNBC reports, as departures of US Dept. of Homeland Security leaders continue. https://t.co/DMZm5mJOLg pic.twitter.com/O5DOCWQKpL
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) April 8, 2019