Secret Service is expected to get a leader from the U.S. military for the first time
The Secret Service will have a military man at the helm for the first time in modern history, it has been reported.
According to the Washington Examiner, Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, a retired Marine general and former head of U.S. Central Command, is preparing to name a senior armed forces officer to the agency’s top job.
The move is seen as a bid to impose rigorous discipline and help the Secret Service recover from morale- and image-busting White House intrusions in recent days.
Employees are expecting an announcement in the next week, the Examiner reported.
The last full-time Secret Service director, former agent Joseph Clancy, retired on March 3 – for the second time – and left an ‘acting director,’ William Callahan, as a caretaker in the role
Clancy’s departure coincided with a run of security lapses and misconduct cases, the Examiner noted.
On March 10 an intruder was able to jump a White House fence and linger on the presidential mansion’s lawn for 17 minutes before agents detected and detained him.
Trump has already shown a willingness to put high-ranking military men in cabinet-level positions.
Kelly himself is a retired three-star general. And James Mattis, the secretary of Defense, is a retired four-star Marine.
The Secret Service asked for an additional $60 million in funding for the next fiscal year in order to cover the expenses associated with protecting the Trump family, but was turned down.
Half of that money was earmarked toward security for the Trump family and his private residence at Trump Tower in New York; the other half would have gone towards travel costs accrued by Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and visiting heads of state.
The request for new funds stemmed from unforeseen logistical and financial challenges that have come with protecting members of the jet-setting Trump clan.
In addition to protecting the president, his family, and his aides, the Secret Service also investigates cybercrimes, counterfeit money operations, and cases involving missing and exploited minors.
Although Trump has been president for a little over eight weeks, he has flown to Florida five times on weekends – which critics say is ironic since Trump often criticized his predecessor, Barack Obama, for taking vacations at taxpayer expense.
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“Trump has already shown a willingness to put high-ranking military men in cabinet-level positions. Kelly himself is a retired three-star general. And James Mattis, the secretary of Defense, is a retired four-star Marine.”