Secret Service Director Randolph 'Tex' Alles to leave Trump administration

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What You Need to Know: Randolph 'Tex' Alles

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U.S. Secret Service Director Randolph “Tex” Alles plans to leave the Trump administration amid a larger shake-up of the Department of Homeland Security, according to multiple reports.

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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed in a statement Monday that Alles “will be leaving shortly.”

“United States Secret Service director 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. “President Trump has selected James M. Murray, a career member of the USSS, to take over as director beginning in May.”

Unidentified administration officials confirmed to The Associated Press that Alles planned to leave the department due to "a personality conflict within the agency" unrelated to Sunday's resignation of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen or to a recent security breach at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort.

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The move was first reported by CNN. Citing unidentified senior administration officials, the news network reported Trump asked White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney to fire Alles last month. White House officials did not immediately confirm the report.

The decision was "part of a larger shuffle at the Department of Homeland Security," according to Fox News. The network reported Alles will continue to serve as director of the Secret Service until his replacement takes over.

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News of Alles’ planned exit came one day after reports indicated Nielsen resigned under pressure from the president, who has been frustrated over issues at the southern border.

Alles, who in 2011 retired from the U.S. Marine Corps. as a two-star general, took over as head of the Secret Service in April 2017, The New York Times reported. Before taking the role, Alles served as acting deputy commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

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