Three Secret Service agents were sent home prior to President Barack Obama’s trip to the Netherlands for bad behavior.The Secret Service agents were sent home after one of them was found drunk in a Dutch hotel. All of the agents were part of Obama’s Counter Assault Team (CAT) and were sent home on administrative leave. One of the agents taken off of Obama’s security detail was a team leader, reports the Associated Press.
While only one of the Secret Service agents was intoxicated, the other two were also put on leave because they didn’t intervene to stop the other agent’s drinking. Both of the agents were in a position that they could have intervened or at least helped the drunk agent, but he was instead found by hotel staff, the Associated Press notes.
“They received the best technical training in the service. They were the only team constantly training — training on assaults, on evacuations, all sorts of things,” a former Secret Service agent told the Washington Post about the CAT team. “They were very squared away. It was really difficult to get on CAT.”
11 Secret Service agents were in the spotlight last year for going to a brothel in Colombia while preparing for Obama’s visit tot he country. All of the agents that went to the brothel had their security clearances revoked.
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