Trump fires US Secret Service chief - White House

Director of the United States Secret Service Randolph Alles meets with guests before speaking at the Atlanta Press Club in Atlanta Feb. 1 2018

Nielsen and Trump met over the weekend at the White House, and Trump later announced she should resign as head of the agency, which oversees the Secret Service.

The Secret Service is responsible for protecting senior U.S. officials including the president and vice president, former presidents and visiting heads of state.

Alles reportedly was told to pack it in before the March 30 security breach at Mar-a-Lago, in which a Chinese woman with a flash drive containing malware and four cellphones bluffed her way into Trump's posh resort.

Alles' departure stems from a personality conflict within the agency, three officials said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss the personnel matter.

One official described the firings to CNN as "a near-systematic purge" at the Department of Homeland Security. "Alles remains in his position as of now but has been asked to leave". "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". Trump also announced that Kevin McAleenan, the US Customs and Border Protection commissioner, would become acting DHS secretary.

"Its [sic] been an honor of a lifetime to serve with the courageous men and women of @DHSgov".

The letter, addressed to the president, said: "Despite our progress in reforming homeland security for a new age, I have determined that it is the right time for me to step aside".

More firings or departures may be coming in the coming weeks, as the dust settles from Nielsen's abrupt resignation. The Associated Press reported that Nielsen had been frustrated with the difficulty of getting other departments to help to deal with the growing number of families crossing the border.

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.

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

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