Secret Service director to step down, on heels of Nielsen resignation

From left Secret Service Director Randolph Alles first lady Melania Trump President Donald Trump and an unnamed person look at vehicles at the United States Secret Service James J. Rowley training facility in Beltsville Md. Oct. 13 2017

Sources told Fox News on Monday that Alles was notified 10 days ago to "prepare an exit plan", in a signal that a transition in leadership at the Department of Homeland Security was imminent.

The removal of Alles marked the latest in a long line of firings and resignations of senior officials in the Trump administration, a list that has included the secretaries of state, defense, homeland security, interior, veterans affairs and health and human services, the attorney general and numerous senior White House aides.

Randolph Alles is one of several Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials being ousted on Monday, says the BBC's USA affiliate, CBS News. "Mr. Alles will be leaving shortly and President Trump has selected James M. Murray, a career member of the USSS, to take over as director beginning in May".

The news was confirmed by White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders in a statement.

Still, it comes amid a spate of turnover across DHS that began last week when Trump withdrew his Immigration and Customs Enforcement director's nomination to stay on permanently.

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On March 30, a Chinese woman named Yujing Zhang, 32, who reportedly possessed four cellphones, a laptop, a hard drive and a thumb drive, which contained "malicious malware", passed security checkpoints at the resort and reached the main reception, then was arrested at Mar-a-Lago resort.

"Secret Service has done a fantastic job from Day 1. Very happy with them".

(Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images, FILE) From left, Secret Service Director Randolph Alles, first lady Melania Trump, President Donald Trump and an unnamed person, look at vehicles at the United States Secret Service James J. Rowley training facility in Beltsville, Md., Oct. 13, 2017.

Alles previously served in Customs and Border Protection leadership and also led that agency's Air and Marine Operations.

L. Francis Cissna, director of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services agency, and department General Counsel John Mitnick also are expected to be out of their jobs soon, CNN reported.

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