United States Secret Service Director Randolph “Tex” Alles on Monday pushed back on reports he was fired by President Donald Trump, CNN reports.
"My departure from the U.S. Secret Service has been announced and is effective in May. No doubt you have seen media reports regarding my 'firing.' I assure you that this is not the case, and in fact was told weeks ago by the Administration that transitions in leadership should be expected across the Department of Homeland Security," he wrote in an email to employees, which was obtained by CNN.
"The President has directed an orderly transition in leadership for this agency and I intend to abide by that direction. It is my sincere regret that I was not able to address the workforce prior to this announcement," Alles added.
Reports of Alles’ dismissal comes a day after the sudden resignation of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and amid a spate of turnover across the department. Trump last week withdrew his Immigration and Customs Enforcement director’s nomination to stay on permanently.
The Associated Press reports that Alles’ departure stems from a personality conflict within the agency and is unrelated to the resignation of Nielsen, as well as a security breach at the president’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
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