Department of Homeland Security officials announced Monday that Randolph Ailes would be stepping down from his position as director of the Secret Service.
Ailes had reported directly to DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who resigned on Sunday.
Sources had told Fox News that Ailes’ resignation comes as part of President Trump’s plan to restructure DHS. Randolph Ailes had reportedly been told to “prepare an exit plan” nearly ten days ago.
These same sources stressed that Ailes’ resignation was not due to the security incident at President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Florida. In that incident a Chinese national had attempted to gain entry to the property. The woman had two Chinese passports and a USB drive loaded with malware in her possession at the time.
Word on the street is that several other DHS officials, including United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Francis Cissna and Office of the General Counsel’s John Mitnick.
Jim Acosta reported that Ailes denied he had been fired, and was warned that a shake up at DHS was coming.
New: Email from USSS Director says he was not fired.. and that he had been told weeks ago that “transitions in leadership” should be expected across DHS. pic.twitter.com/64jIBZmnR4
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) April 8, 2019
It sounds to me like Ailes may have been given the “look, we can either fire you or you can resign” speech.
I had seen some fretting among various Mainstream Media figures that Trump aide Stephen Miller had been given the authorization to remake DHS. Today’s firing of Ailes-described by some as a key Nielsen ally-and the anticipated firing of others seems to indicate that might be the case.
President Trump seems to be doing some much needed Spring cleaning at DHS and removing anyone who doesn’t align with his vision of a tougher border security stance.
That suits me just fine.