The Secret Service Is Going Rogue—Against Donald Trump

- NATIONAL INTEREST - Oct 5, 2020 -

Jacob Heilbrunn -



The job of the Secret Service is to protect the president of the United States. It is not to engage in political commentary. But it is clear that this line is being erased by the elite service. Indeed, as active-duty agents are quoted in the media criticizing Donald Trump, it is increasingly clear that the Secret Service is going rogue.


The job of the Secret Service is to protect the president of the United States. It is not to engage in political commentary. But it is clear that this line is being erased by the elite service. Indeed, as active-duty agents are quoted in the media criticizing Donald Trump, it is increasingly clear that the Secret Service is going rogue.


After Trump briefly circumnavigated Walter Reed hospital in a Suburban, criticisms of the president were widespread. Many of them were justified. But those criticizing the president also included Secret Service agents, a development that no one should welcome.


Here are some of the eyebrow-raising remarks that agents made. The Washington Post reported that an agent said, “He’s not even pretending to care now.” And CNN reported the gripes of a number of agents:


"That should never have happened," one current Secret Service agent who works on the presidential and first family detail said after Trump's drive-by, adding that those agents who went along for the ride would now be required to quarantine.


"I mean, I wouldn't want to be around them," the agent said, expressing a view that multiple people at the Secret Service also voiced in the wake of Sunday's appearance. "The frustration with how we're treated when it comes to decisions on this illness goes back before this though. We're not disposable."


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https://nationalinterest.org/blog/2020-election/secret-service-going-rogue%E2%80%94against-donald-trump-170164

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