Need to observe the highest standards
On Sunday while wrapping up his trip to Colombia, US President Barrack Obama said at a press conference that he would be extremely angry if allegations that 11 Secret Service agents brought back prostitutes to their rooms turned out to be true. “When we travel, we have to observe the highest standards. We’re not just representing ourselves. We’re here on behalf of our people,” Obama explained.
The Secret Service agents have been put on administrative leave while the allegations are investigated. Agency Assistant Director Paul Morrissey confirmed that the agents comprised of uniformed division officers and special agents. However he did confirm that none of the accused was assigned to Obama and the alleged incident happened before the Presidents arrival in Colombia. The agency did not confirm the nature of the incident however other sources have confirmed that prostitutes were involved in the said incident.
Morrissey also confirmed that the agents were replaced as soon as the allegations broke out on Thursday as the agency follows a zero tolerance policy on personal conduct. “This is standard procedure and allows us the opportunity to conduct a full, thorough and fair investigation into the allegations,” he added. “These actions have had no impact on the Secret Service’s ability to execute a comprehensive security plan for the president’s visit to Cartagena.”