FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2018 file photo, Director of the United States Secret Service, Randolph
Randolph 'Tex' Alles has spent two years at the helm of the US Secret Service © AP

President Donald Trump replaced US Secret Service director Randolph “Tex” Alles after two years in the role, just a day after the chief of the homeland security department handed in her resignation.

James Murray, a career member of the USSS will take over the reins in May, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced on Monday afternoon.

“United States Secret Service director Randolph ‘Tex’ Alles has done a great job at the agency over the last two years, and the President is thankful for his over 40 years of service to the country”, Ms Sanders added.

A former US Marine and acting deputy commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, Mr Alles took the top job at the USSS in April 2017.

This follows an announcement on Twitter from Mr Trump on April 7 that Kirstjen Nielsen, the US secretary of homeland security, was stepping down. Mr Trump has been vocal in recent weeks about a jump in the number of arrests at the US-Mexico border that has coincided with a rise in migration northward from countries in Central America.

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