In the past month three separate people have jumped the fence of the White House. Questions have been raised over how secure the residence really is and the danger the President faces. One of the said intruders was even able to evade Secret Service for a total of seventeen minutes after jumping the fence. As a result, a massive relaunch of the Secret Service program is underway. Understandably, the President’s safety is of utmost importance.
The Washington Examiner has reported that as a result of these Secret Service mishaps the President is looking to appoint a new Director for the Secret Service. But the appointment will come from outside the agency and not within like it’s normally done.
The Examiner revealed: “The Secret Service is bracing for the impending appointment of a new director with a senior military rank, the first time an agency chief would come from outside the service in modern history.”
Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly will name a general to head up the Secret Service. Kelly is a retired Marine general and was once the head of the U.S. Central Command. The administration is looking for a person who can help reform the agency and assist in creating a more intensely vigorous discipline that would prevent future mishaps.
Another incident that precipitated this change was when twenty-six-year-old Jonathan Tran jumped the fence of the White House and knocked on the back door of the White House proclaiming he had an appointment. Because of this six uniformed division officers were disciplined and are now facing disciplinary action.
As well they should. Nobody should get away with being lax in their duties especially when their job deals with matters of life and death. They should be held accountable. And they are. These are serious times and they should be treated as such.
In such a heated and divisive climate the President’s safety is of utmost importance. Especially with all the violent protests and riots. Good for President Trump for taking the safety of the First Family so seriously.
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