Barack Obama Speaks On Secret Service Colombian Prostitution Scandal
He knows this ish is true!
President Obama, in his first public remarks on the prostitution scandal involving members of the Secret Service, said Sunday that he will be “angry” if the reported allegations against the agents turn out to be true. He said Secret Service personnel, like the rest of any U.S. delegation abroad, must “observe the highest standards.”
“We’re here on behalf of our people and that means that we conduct ourselves with the utmost dignity and probity. And obviously what’s been reported doesn’t match up with those standards,” Obama said, on the closing day of his visit to Colombia. The president, though, said he would wait until the internal investigation is complete before rendering a judgment. He said he expects the probe to be “thorough” and “rigorous” — and that if the allegations turn out to be true, “then of course I’ll be angry.”
Obama cast the incident as isolated, and praised the Secret Service as a whole. “These men and women perform extraordinary service on a day-to-day basis protecting me, my family, U.S. officials,” he said. “They do very hard work under very stressful circumstances and almost invariably do an outstanding job.”
Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, took a similar position – praising the way the agency’s probe has been conducted and voicing confidence in Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan. King called the incident an “aberration.”
King’s panel, though, is moving to look deeper into the incident. He told Fox News that he’s directed his staff to launch an “immediate investigation” — he said his panel will likely hold a hearing on the incident. The embarrassing incident has quickly eclipsed issues addressed at the summit such as foreign trade, the economy, drug trafficking, immigration and collaboration among the 33 Western Hemisphere countries. The beachfront hotel where the apparent incident occurred is also the same where other White House staff and the press are staying. A Service Service spokesman said the alleged incident occurred prior to the president’s arrival.