(CNN)United States Secret Service director Randolph "Tex" Alles is being removed from his position, multiple administration officials tell CNN.
President Donald Trump instructed his acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, to fire Alles. Alles remains in his position as of now but has been asked to leave.
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The USSS director was told two weeks ago there would be a transition in leadership and he was asked to stay on until there was a replacement, according to a source close to the director.
Secret Service officials have been caught by surprise with the news and are only finding out through CNN, according to the source.
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A source familiar with the the director said his ouster was not related to the recent scrutiny the Secret Service got after a Chinese woman illegally entered the President's Mar-a-Lago club carrying Chinese passports and a flash drive containing malware.
Just five days ago, Trump said he "could not be happier with Secret Service" following the Mar-a-Lago incident.
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"Secret Service has done a fantastic job from Day 1. Very happy with them," Trump said during a White House event...
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