WHITE HOUSE EMBARRASSMENT: Twelve U.S. Secret Service agents have been sent home from Cartagena, Columbia, where they were sent to provide security for President Obama’s trip to Summit of the Americas, over a prostitution inquiry, for misconduct at Hotel Caribe. President Obama is in Columbia for the summit, which is a gathering of 33 of the region’s 35 leaders to discuss economic policy and trade. Jon Adler, president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, said the accusations relate to at least one agent having involvement with prostitutes in Cartagena, the Washington Post reports. Ronald Kessler, author of In the President’s Service, said it’s “the biggest scandal in Secret Service history.” He also said, “One of the agents did not pay one of the prostitutes, and she complained to the police.”
This is a tremendous black-eye for America. It should be noted that the scandal broke before President Obama had arrived in Columbia. The Secret Service agents recalled were part of an advance team that had gone to Cartagena ahead of Obama’s arrival to secure the hotel. It’s a shame that these agents couldn’t seem to go to Columbia strictly for business and not to take advantage of the legal prostitution industry. I would venture to say, this isn’t the first time this has happened. It’s the first time the news broke.