Randolph Alles, head of the Secret Service, responsible, among other things, for the security of the US president and the fight against financial crime, is leaving his post.
According to US Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, her assistant director of the Secret Service, Randolph Alles, also resigns. US President Donald Trump chose James Murray as his successor, the White House spokeswoman
Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced on Monday. “He will take over the role next month” she added.
Previously, the AP news agency had learned from three US administration officials that the reason for Alles’s departure had been conflicts within the agency. The move has nothing to do with the resignation of Nielsen – nor with a recent vulnerability in Trump’s private club Mar-a-Lago in Florida.
According to a report in the New York Times, there are more departures to come – sources expect that two to four more personnel from the Nielsen circle will soon leave their posts.
Alles, a former Marine Corps general, had been recommended by the then White House chief of staff, John F. Kelly. He was confirmed in office in 2017 and immediately had to deal with a number of security and personnel issues. For example, weeks before his nomination, a man jumped over a White House security fence.
Alles’s successor Murray knows the Secret Service from within. As Special Agent, he has managed the Washington office and is Deputy Director of Protective operations.
Earlier, US Secretary of State for Security Nielsen had surprisingly announced her resignation on Sunday. She said that she had become more and more frustrated about not having received support from ministers for the government’s immigration policy.