Secret Service director to leave Trump admin

Secret Service director Randolph

Secret Service director Randolph"Tex Alles is leaving the agency according to two administration officials

A number of officials in the Trump administration are serving in an acting capacity, including the president's own chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney.

A DHS official described the reported firings to CNN as "a near-systematic purge".

An unnamed source told NBC News the decision to seek Alles' resignation was made almost two weeks ago, before a Chinese woman entered Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, prompting security questions.

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.

"Moreover, as Kessler wrote in his book, "[when] he interviewed Alles, Trump was not impressed.

The Senate Judiciary Committee's top Democrat, senator Dianne Feinstein, has said at least 10 top positions are now filled in an acting capacity at the agency.

The Secret Service's main job is to provide security for the president and vice president and their families, as well as former presidents and visiting heads of state. Cissna is the director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, which runs the immigration system.

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Ron Johnson, the Republican chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, said in a statement that he was "concerned with a growing leadership void within the department tasked with addressing some of the most significant problems facing the nation". He had been the acting deputy commissioner of Customs and Border Protection.

Confirmed in 2017, Alles inherited an agency that had been dealing with a series of security and personnel issues.

Weeks before he was nominated, a man jumped the White House fence and spent 15 minutes roaming the grounds.

Director of the US Secret Service Randolph Alles speaks during a press conference at the Department of Justice in Washington, DC on October 26, 2018 following the arrest of bombing suspect Cesar Sayoc in Florida.

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, in fact, had no intention of appointing Alles, a retired Marine Corps major general and old friend of fellow marine Kelly's.

Nielsen and Trump met over the weekend at the White House, and Trump later announced she should resign as head of the agency, which oversees the Secret Service.

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