Homeland Security Purge? Trump Cans Secret Service Director One Day After Firing Kirstjen Nielsen
It’s only been a day since Donald Trump fired Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, and yet, it seems like the president is embarking on a new purge of high-ranking individuals within his administration.
CNN reports that Trump ordered acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney to tell Secret Service director Randolph Alles that he is being removed from his post. The news of Alles’s departure is magnified by the fact that – as Secret Service director – his role was to report directly to Nielsen on the protective and investigative work undertaken by his agency.
The ousters of Alles and Nielsen come amid reports that White House senior adviser Stephen Miller has been trying to lean the administration toward a more hard-lined approach on immigration. A senior administration source spoke to CNN and described these developments as “a near-systematic purge” of the Department of Homeland Security.
Former Secret Service agent and law enforcement analyst Jonathan Wackrom said that the current pattern suggests the Trump Administration is trying to clean house of anyone connected to former White House chief of staff, John Kelly. He also argued, however, that this would be a good time for Trump politically to find a new person to head up the Secret Service.
Watch above, via CNN.
UPDATE: The White House has made a statement.
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