July 4, 2022

Secret Service agents sent home from South Korea after a drunken accident

Secret Service agents sent home from South Korea after a drunken accident

Two Secret Service agents were shipped to the United States from South Korea this week after an alcohol-containing standoff with a local taxi driver ahead of President Biden’s trip to the country, according to multiple reports.

News letters On Friday, I reported that an agent and an armed physical security specialist assigned to go to Seoul to help prepare for Biden’s visit went out to dinner one recent evening and hit several bars.

Later that night, the couple reportedly got drunk and the agent got into a heated argument with the taxi driver.

The police were eventually called to the scene, although only one worker was investigated in connection with the accident. No Secret Service personnel have been arrested, arrested, or charged with criminal offenses.

The incident took place outside the hotel where Biden will be staying in Seoul, according to a report NBC News.

President Biden and South Korean President Yoon Sok-yeol deliver a speech on May 20.
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Secret Service spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told The Post that the agency is “aware of an off-duty incident involving two employees that may constitute potential policy violations.”

He added that the employees “will be immediately returned to their jobs and placed on administrative leave.”

“There was no impact on the upcoming flight,” Gullelmi said. “We have very strict protocols and policies for all employees and adhere to the highest professional standards. As this is a matter of effective management personnel, we are not in a position to comment further.”

Protesters hold placards at an anti-US rally in Seoul on Friday.
Protesters hold placards at an anti-US rally in Seoul on Friday.
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The decision to bring the staff home was reportedly made while Biden was on his way to South Korea on Thursday.

This wouldn’t be the first time Secret Service agents have misbehaved while abroad. Most notoriously, several clients were sent home from a 2012 presidential trip to Colombia for a series of crimes, Including hiring prostitutes.

Biden arrives at Osan Air in South Korea on Friday.
Biden arrives at Osan Air Force Base in South Korea on Friday.
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The president arrived in South Korea on Friday afternoon local time, beginning a five-day trip to the Far East. As his first job application, Biden toured the Samsung computer chip factory with South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol.

“Our countries are working together to make the best and most advanced technologies in the world. This plant is proof of that,” the president said. “This gives both the Republic of Korea and the United States a competitive advantage in the global economy if we can keep our supply chains flexible, reliable, and secure.”

“This vibrant democracy has become a powerful hub for global innovation by investing in the education of its employees, in companies like Samsung driven by the responsible development of technology and innovation,” he added. “It will be important to shape the future in the direction of our two countries, the direction we want to go.”

Secret Service agents surround Biden as he greets South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin.
Secret Service agents surround Biden as he greets South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin.
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Last November, Samsung announced its plans to open a $17 billion semiconductor plant in Tyler, Texas. Last year’s semiconductor shortages hit the availability of cars, kitchen utensils and other goods, causing inflation to soar around the world. The president noted that the Texas plant would add 3,000 high-tech jobs and that construction would include labor unions.

“These little chips are the key to propel us into the next era of humankind’s technological development,” Biden said.

On Sunday, Biden will travel to Tokyo, where he will meet Emperor Naruhito and Prime Minister Kishida Fumio before participating in Monday’s summit with the leaders of Australia, India and Japan.

with wire