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US Secret Service director to leave post

April 9, 2019 5:11 am

US President Donald Trump has reportedly fired the director of the US Secret Service.

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

Mr Alles’ departure comes a day after DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen tendered her resignation under pressure over the situation at the US-Mexico border.

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Dozens of top officials have exited the Trump administration since 2017.

The White House confirmed Mr Alles would go, but did not say whether Mr Trump fired him.

Press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement: “Randolph ‘Tex’ Alles has 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.”

She said Secret Service careerist James Murray would take over as director in May.

Mr Alles reported directly to Ms Nielsen, who announced her resignation on Sunday, after facing increasing pressure to do so from Mr Trump.

The Republican president had repeatedly accused Ms Nielsen of not being tough enough on border security.

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