President Trump recently returned from an almost two-week trip to Asia, where he visited leaders in five countries — Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines.
It has now come to light that three of the military personnel who traveled with him did some visiting on their own with foreign women, and have lost their White House jobs as a result.
The White House Communications Agency is a special military unit that provides secure communications for the president, vice president, Secret Service and other White House officials. It’s mission is to prevent any eavesdropping on presidential communications, and to make sure all White House officials can be securely reached anywhere in the world at any time while on presidential trips.
The Washington Post reported that three service members on this team broke curfew while the team was in Vietnam with President Trump, and had improper contact with foreign women.
Defense Department spokesman Mark Wright stated, “We are aware of the incident, and it is currently under investigation.”
The three Army noncommissioned officers have been reassigned from their roles with the White House Communications Agency, the report stated.
If found guilty, the service members face the risk of losing their security clearances or could be subject to administrative discipline or courts-martial.
The White House Communications Agency is a branch of the White House Military Office, with about 1,200 personnel from all branches of the military. Many of the communications agency personnel serve four-year terms.
Service members with high-level security clearances are expected to report contacts with foreign individuals to ensure that their interactions do not compromise national security.