The much-maligned Secret Service has a new person in charge with the naming of former acting deputy commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Randolph D. “Tex” Alles as director.
President Donald Trump made the announcement on Tuesday, just weeks after the most recent security breach at the White House.
Alles is a 35-year veteran of the U.S. Marines who had previously run the CBP’s Air and Marine Operations. This position does not require a Senate confirmation. Alles will be replacing Joseph Clancey, who announced his retirement earlier this year.
The Secret Service has endured one embarrassment after another, with the latest coming last month when an intruder was able to scale the White House fence and remain undetected on the grounds for approximately 17 minutes before being apprehended.
While Barack Obama was president, the agency had a number of security lapses including one 2014 occasion when a knife-wielding man jumped the White House fence and was able to enter an unlocked front door and walk into the East Wing of the residence before being placed under arrest. And in 2012, the Cartagena, Colombia, prostitution scandal cost eight Secret Service employees their jobs.
Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) agreed with the decision to bring Alles in and hopefully change the perception of what has become an international blight. “I applaud the Trump administration for choosing someone from outside the agency who is well qualified to lead the Secret Service,” he commented. “General Alles is being called upon to use all his command and managerial skills to address the cultural and operational issues currently facing the Service.”
H/T: Washington Examiner
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