We have long held the Secret Service in a very high regard, and this is usually appropriate. These are, after all, some of the highest paid and most well-trained law enforcement agents in the world, and their sworn duty to protect the President is the stuff of legend.
But they sure don’t always act like it, and the Service caught themselves another black eye this week after a pair of agents got a little bit belligerent in South Korea.
Two U.S. Secret Service agents in South Korea were sent stateside ahead of President Biden’s arrival following their involvement in an off-duty alcohol-related incident.
The two agents, whose identities have not been made public, are on their way back to Washington, D.C. where they will face disciplinary action, a source familiar with the matter told Fox News.
Both agents apparently became intoxicated while not on duty. One of the agents then got into an altercation with a cab driver.
There could still be further repercussions.
In South Korea, officials send mediators to the scene of low-level disputes and then determine if criminal charges would be filed.
One of the agents was interviewed by authorities and no charges have been filed.
The government released the following statement on the incident.
“The Secret Service is aware of an off-duty incident involving two employees which may constitute potential policy violations,” USSS chief spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told Fox News. “We have very strict protocols and policies for all employees and we hold ourselves to the highest professional standards.”
The Secret Service is no stranger is scandal, including a 2012 incident involving agents and a Colombian prostitute.