Randolph Alles says he was not fired, describing the shift as part of an ‘orderly transition in leadership’ across homeland security
'Donald Trump announced on Monday that he will remove Secret Service director Randolph “Tex” Alles from his position, as one anonymous official described “a near-systematic purge” at the Department of Homeland Security.
In a statement, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Alles had “done a great job at the agency over the last two years, and the president is thankful for his over 40 years of service to the country.
“Mr Alles will be leaving shortly and President Trump has selected James M Murray, a career member of the [Secret Service], to take over as director beginning in May.”
The president’s move against Alles came less than a week after Trump withdrew his Immigration and Customs Enforcement director’s nomination to stay on permanently, and a day after homeland security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who oversaw the Secret Service, was forced to resign.
Alles’ departure stems from a personality conflict within the agency, three officials told the Associated Press, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss the personnel matter. The officials said Alles’ departure was unrelated to Nielsen’s resignation, or a recent security breach at the president’s private club in Florida.
Alles, a former Marine general, was recommended to the post by former White House chief of staff John Kelly. He had been the acting deputy commissioner of Customs and Border Protection.
In a message to the agency’s workforce, Alles insisted he had not been fired, describing the shift as part of an “orderly transition in leadership” across the Department of Homeland Secretary.'
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