Secret Service chief is leaving Trump administration


President Donald Trump is removing the director of the US Secret Service, the agency that provides protection for him and other top US officials, the White House said today, a day after Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was ousted.

US Secret Service Director Randolph "Tex" Alles will leave the Trump administration, according to a statement from the White House.

DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen suddenly resigned on Sunday, shortly after returning from a trip to the US-Mexico border with Trump.

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

The departures indicate unstable circumstances at the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the Secret Service.

The first sign of the overhaul came late on Thursday, when Trump abruptly pulled his nomination of Ron Vitiello as director of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, part of DHS.

She said that Trump has picked career Secret Service member James M. Murray to take over the agency in May.

Randolph Alles is one of several Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials being ousted on Monday, says the BBC's U.S. affiliate, CBS News.

CBS reports that Mr Alles was asked to leave around 10 days ago - before a 30 March incident where a Chinese woman carrying a malware device allegedly lied to access Mr Trump's private Florida golf club, Mar-a-Lago. "Very happy with them", Trump said during a White House event when asked by reporters about the Mar-a-Lago trespasser.

Alles had been told Trump was preparing to make changes in leadership throughout the Department of Homeland Security, which includes oversight of the Secret Service.

CNN reporting a full purge may be coming at DHS: "United States Citizenship and Immigration Services director Francis Cissna and Office of the General Counsel's John Mitnick are expected to be gone soon, and the White House is eyeing others to be removed". Alles will remain in his role until then.