Three military personnel from the White House Communications Agency have resigned after allegations surfaced of improper contact with foreign women during President Trump’s trip to Asia.
The three Army noncommissioned officers -who are part of a unit that provides the president, vice president, Secret Service and other officials with secure communications- reportedly broke curfew while in Vietnam and ended up getting into shenanigans with the local women.
Defense Department spokesman Mark Wright said that his agency is “aware of the incident, and it is currently under investigation.”
If found guilty of misconduct during Trump’s 12-day Asia tour, the trio could face courts-martial, administrative discipline or loss of security clearances.
The incident comes hot on the heels of a similar scandal in Panama earlier this year, when two airmen and two soldiers serving as Vice President Pence’s advance party mingled with local women in a secure area- and were allegedly removed from duty.
The WHCA is part of the White House Military Office, a team of highly-vetted professionals who travel worldwide to support presidential trips. Given the nature of their work, they are supposed to report any incidents of foreign contact and maintain a high-degree of professionalism.
According to The Washington Post, the scandals raise questions of security, with such incidences bringing a high risk of unauthorized access to sensitive information, including security details surrounding the president.
Such misbehavior is not limited to the military, however. In 2012, thirteen Secret Service agents were flown back to DC from Columbia after being accused of having wild romps with prostitutes in their hotel rooms.
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