Trump fires US Secret Service chief - White House
- Author: Jon Douglas Apr 09, 2019,
Apr 09, 2019, 0:42
CNN is reporting this afternoon that Secret Service officials found out about the director being removed... from CNN.
His appointment was set to fulfill the recommendations of a group of former senior government officials that reviewed the Secret Service in 2014 and found that it was an "insular agency" in need of an outsider to lead it.
She said Secret Service member James Murray would take over as director in May.
The decision to force out Alles comes just days after a woman was arrested at the president's Mar-a-Lago club with Chinese passports and computer and cell phone malware after she made it past a checkpoint. "Very happy with them".
One official described the firings as "a near-systematic purge" at the Department of Homeland Security.
A law enforcement official tells ABC News Alles was told a couple of weeks ago that he would be let go as part of a broader house cleaning at Homeland Security.
Who will replace her: Kevin McAleenan, the current US Customs and Border Protection Commissioner, will become Acting Secretary after Nielsen's departure.
There was no official explanation why he may have been asked to leave. A former two-star Marine Corps general, he was the first Secret Service director in at least a century to have not come from within the agency.
Unconfirmed reports citing the same anonymous sources also say that United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) director Francis Cissna and DHS General Counsel John Mitnick will be asked to leave as well.