President Donald Trump followed the ouster of his Homeland Security secretary with another pink slip on Monday, this time firing the director of the U.S. Secret Service.
Trump ordered acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney to fire Randolph ‘Tex’ Alles. CNN first reported the move.
It comes on the heels of an embarrassing episode at Trump’s private Mar-a-Lago resort club in Palm Beach, Florida, involving a Chinese national on a club guest list who was arrested with devices bearing computer malware. Secret Service punted responsibility to Mar-a-Lago’s private security detail.
The move is an indication of the growing power of Trump adviser Stephen Miller, the 33-year-old former staffer to Sen. Jeff Sessions before he was the president’s first attorney general.
A White House source with knowledge of the West Wing’s goings on in the past week told DailyMail.com on Monday that Miller has advocated internally for Nielsen’s firing, and for Alles to follow her out the door.
Miller is known as a sharp-tongued promoter of hawkish immigration policies that Democrats have complained push the boundaries of federal law and too often challenge court precedents.
Trump fired Nielsen in a tweet on Sunday shortly after meeting with her in the White House residence and hearing her plan for bringing U.S. imimgration in line with legal limitations.
White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley said earlier on Monday that with an influx of illegal immigrants pouring into the U.S. from the south, ‘tt’s time to do things a little differently.’
‘And so the president is looking around to reshape his team so that he can have the people in place to carry out his agenda,’ he said during a Fox News Channel interview. ‘And quite frankly he has the right to do that.’
The Secret Service is best known for protecting the president and vice president and their families, and those who formerly served in office.
Established in 1865, the agency also investigates and prevents counterfeiting in order to protect the U.S. financial system, and combats computer-based financial crimes.
The Secret Service wasoriginaly a subagency of the Treasury Department, when it was principally an anti-counterfeiting force.
It became a branch of the Homeland Security Department in 2003 as the new post-9/11 agency coalesced around a mission that unified a group of previously far-flung government agencies.