Donald Trump has already turned the entire American political system upside down, and a new report claims he’ll be defying tradition as president in one crucial respect.
The Secret Service (which is actually an arm of the Treasury Department) has been assigned to protect the US president and his family for decades, with varying degrees of success. Now Trump reportedly wants to add a new facet to his security detail.
Mary Papenfuss reports for the Huffington Post:
President-elect Donald Trump reportedly plans to stick with members of his aggressive private security crew of loyal retired ex-cops and former FBI agents, and won’t rely solely on the Secret Service in the White House, according to Politico.
The private security team is led by Trump supporter and registered Republican Keith Schiller, a retired New York cop, who was videotaped during the presidential campaign apparently punching a protester who was trying to retrieve protest signs Schiller had ripped from his hands. That incident sparked a lawsuit by five protesters against Schiller, other members of the security team and Trump.
In a conference call with reporters on Monday, Trump spokesman Jason Miller called the Politico story “complete nonsense,” and said it was “blowing [the issue] out of proportion.” But he also said Trump would continue to be surrounded by longtime supporters like Schiller, “who has been an absolute fantastic ally.”
While there is clearly some disagreement on how his security needs will be met, one expert raises an interesting point:
Combining private security with the Secret Service “increases the Service’s liability, it creates greater confusion and it creates greater risk,” according to former Secret Service agent Jonathan Wackrow.
Should Trump beef up his Secret Service security with other experts for his own safety, or will it just add to the confusion? Let us know what you think in the comments below.