President Barack Obama spoke at a press conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos earlier today and said that he expects a “thorough and rigorous” investigation into the allegations of misconduct which have resulted in an on-going Secret Service scandal which continues to embarrass the United States. Obama was quoted by CBS News having said:
“Of course I’ll be angry [if the allegations are true]”
While the president never specified the allegations, which have been confirmed by numerous media outlets, he did confirm that those individuals who have been placed on leave failed to conduct themselves at a level which is coincident with what is expected of agents representing the United States. To quote President Obama:
“Obviously, what’s been reported doesn’t match up to those standards.”
For those who haven’t been keeping up with the unfolding U.S. Secret Service scandal, it is alleged that at least one prostitute visited with at least one agent. There are additional allegations of heavy alcohol consumption for the duration of their stay. According to a Colombian police report, which was taken as the incident involved a foreign national, a prostitute refused to leave the hotel until paid for services rendered.
Obama stated that if the allegations were true, you would be angry. To quote the president:
“I expect that investigation to be thorough, and I expect it to be rigorous. If it turns out that some of the allegations that have been made in the press are confirmed, then of course I’ll be angry. […] We are representing the people of the United States, and when we travel to another country, I expect us to observe the highest standards.”
What are your thoughts on the developing scandal involving prostitutes and agents with the prestigious United States Secret Service?