Two Secret Service agents in South Korea preparing for Biden’s trip are being sent home to DC after one “got into a drunk argument with a cab driver after a night of bar-hopping.”
- Agency staff prepared for Biden’s trip to South Korea
- They reportedly got into an “alcohol-related incident.”
- One is said to have argued with a taxi driver
- The agency cited an “off-duty incident” and said they would be sent home “immediately.”
- Placed on administrative leave
- Follows a series of incidents over the previous years
A Secret Service agent and another agency worker are sent home after helping prepare for President Joe Biden’s trip.
One of the men was allegedly involved in an argument with a local taxi driver over an “alcohol-related incident” when Biden made his first trip to Asia as president.
The incident was covered in local media and by ABC News, which reported the “alcohol-related incident” and led to a police report.
One of the employees has been identified as an armed physical security specialist. You are part of a sizeable contingent here in South Korea preparing for the President’s visit.
The incident happened after a night of drinking. The agents were allegedly drunk and one agent got into a “heated argument” with a taxi driver, sources told the network.
According to media reports, two Secret Service agents preparing for President Joe Biden’s trip to South Korea were sent home after a night of drinking after an alleged altercation
“The Secret Service is aware of an off-duty incident involving two employees that could constitute potential policy violations,” a spokesman told the network, saying there was no impact on Biden’s trip.
“People will be immediately returned to their duty station and placed on administrative leave… We have very strict protocols and policies for all staff and adhere to the highest professional standards.”
The incident follows a series of high-profile scandals for the agency that have sparked investigations and congressional reforms. These include a 2012 incident involving alcohol and being solicited into prostitution prior to a trip by President Barack Obama.
A pair of agents were “likely” impaired while driving a government vehicle through a White House security perimeter in 2015, an IG found.
A Secret Service spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for further comment.