Trump Fires Secret Service Director, Picks James Murray as Replacement

President Donald Trump sacks Secret Service boss Randolph Alles

Trump had been so frustrated with the retired Marine major general that he nicknamed him Dumbo, a reference to Alles' large ears, and mocked his appearance before ousting him from office, two officials told the Times.

Trump instructed his Acting Chief of Staff, Mick Mulvaney, to fire Secret Service Director, Randolph Alles, CNN reported, citing multiple administration officials.

The president said after the meeting that she would be leaving her position and that CBP commissioner Kevin McAleenan would assume leadership of the agency in an acting capacity.

The Secret Service is responsible for protecting senior U.S. officials including the president and vice president, former presidents and visiting heads of state. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed in a statement that Alles will leave "shortly" and James M. Murray, a career Secret Service member, will take over in May.

Three officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said Mr Alles's axing was unrelated to yesterday's resignation of Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and a recent security breach at the President's private Mar-a-Lago club in Florida, but instead stemmed from a personality conflict within the agency.

The Secret Service, a law enforcement agency within the Department of Homeland Security, is tasked with currency and Treasury securities counterfeiting issues, and more prominently, protecting former and current government leaders.

Murray, Alles' replacement, is a career Secret Service employee, previously in the role of deputy assistant director of protective operations.

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In his book, Kessler concluded "nothing has changed within the Secret Service since the party-crashing Salahis went prancing into the White House state dinner back in 2009, or since I broke the Secret Service prostitution scandal in 2012".

He expressed "regret" he was not able to address the department before the news broke.

The White House did not respond to requests for comment on the overhaul of the department.

Trump all but fired Nielsen on Sunday after a heated exchange at the White House over whether she was expending all possible resources in dealing with the flow of thousands of migrants across the U.S. -Mexico border.

Her departure had been long rumored particularly after criticism of the administration's 2018 family separation policy at the border with Mexico and as USA border officials estimated that 100,000 migrants were apprehended at the southern border in March, the highest level in a decade.

Trump was so frustrated about the surge in migrants that he announced he would cut off US aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

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