White House Personnel Investigated for Sneaking Out to Meet Women During Trump’s Vietnam Visit

White House Personnel Investigated for Sneaking Out to Meet Women During Trump’s Vietnam Visit
Bryan Ke
By Bryan Ke
November 22, 2017
Three White House Communications Agency (WHCA) personnel are now under investigation after being involved in an “incident” during President Donald Trump’s visit to Vietnam during his 12-day Asia tour.
The military personnel reportedly broke curfew while in Vietnam where they allegedly had improper contact with foreign women, according to The Washington Post.
Mark Wright, a spokesman for the Defense Department, has confirmed the incident and that the Pentagon is now looking into the behavior of the personnel who accompanied the president in Vietnam.
We are aware of the incident, and it is currently under investigation, Wright said in a statement.
The team’s duty is to provide the president, vice president and other high-ranking officials secure communications. If found guilty, the men who were involved in the incident could face losing their security clearances or could be subjected to administrative discipline or even courts-martial.
The WHCA, which is part of the White House Military Office, employs about 1,200 staffers from all branches of the military and are assigned to duties on four-year tours.
Another similar incident took place in August during Vice President Mike Pence’s visit in Panama where military personnel violated the same curfew rule and brought unregistered women to their hotel rooms, The Hill reported.
The soldiers were brought back to the country ahead of Pence and were immediately removed from White House detail.
However, Army Col. Amanda I. Azubuike, a spokeswoman of the military, admitted that she was not aware of what happened to the Panama case after the investigation, and its final conclusions or the disciplinary action against the men involved.
Featured image via Wikimedia Commons / Michael Vadon (CC BY-SA 4.0)
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