Trump removes Randolph ‘Tex’ Alles as Secret Service director

Trump removes Randolph ‘Tex’ Alles as Secret Service director

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Randolph "Tex" Allen testifies at a Congressional hearing last year while serving as assistant commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Office of Air and Marine. Alles retired from the Marines as a major general after 35 years. (James Tourtellotte/CBP)

THE WHITE HOUSE – Randolph “Tex” Alles, director of the United States Secret Service, has been removed as part of a shakeup at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The move comes nine days after a Chinese national was discovered at the president’s Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago, with a thumb drive loaded with malware.

Yujing Zhang was in federal court in West Palm Beach this afternoon. She is charged with entering a restricted area and lying to Secret Service agents. She also was found with two Chinese passports, four cell phones and a hard drive. With her detention hearing over, she is back in jail.

Alles retired as a major general in the Marine Corps after 35 years of military service in 2011 and joined U.S. Customs and Border Protection the following year, where he ultimately was appointed as assistant commissioner in January 2017. In April 2017, President Donald Trump selected him to be director of the Secret Service.

On Sunday Trump announced the impending resignation of Kirstjen Nielsen, secretary of DHS, after months of turmoil over border security.

On Wednesday Nielsen is to be temporarily replaced with Kevin McAleenan as acting secretary of Homeland Security. McAleenan is widely reputed to hold a harder line on immigration policy than Nielsen.

In that vein, Trump announced on Friday that he is withdrawing his nomination for Ron Vitiello to lead U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Of his decision and direction, Trump told reporters at the White House, “We’re going in a little different direction. Ron’s a good man but we’re going in a tougher direction. We want to go in a tougher direction.”

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