Two Secret Service agents who were assigned to guard President Donald Trump’s grandson — Donald Trump III — have been placed under investigation after they allegedly neglected their jobs to take selfies.
The agents reportedly took photographs with the 8-year-old while he was asleep during a drive from the Trump family estate in Westchester County, New York, to Manhattan, according to Mother Jones.
The president’s grandson woke up during the agents’ photography session, “freaked out,” and later spoke about what had happened with his mother, Vanessa, who reported it to first son Donald Trump Jr.
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Although the agents were not being investigated for any criminal behavior, the Secret Service had summoned them to the Office of Professional Responsibility, according to the U.K. Daily Mail, and was looking into them for allegedly abandoning their official duties while they were supposed to be protecting the president’s grandson.
Catherine Milhoan, a spokeswoman for the Secret Service, confirmed that an investigation was underway, but cautioned people regarding the nature of the situation.
“The U.S. Secret Service is aware of a matter involving two of our agents and one of our protectees,” she said in a statement about the matter, according to CNN. “Our Office of Professional Responsibility will always thoroughly review a matter to determine the facts and to ensure proper, long-standing protocols and procedures are followed. The Secret Service would caution individuals to not jump to conclusions that may grossly mischaracterize the matter.”
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Neither the president nor Donald Trump Jr. have commented on the incident.
While these Secret Service agents likely didn’t mean any harm to the child, their actions appear to have been grossly unprofessional, to say the least. These agents are the people responsible for protecting one of the most — if not the most — targeted families in the entire world. Letting their guards down for even a split second could have been tragic.
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