There’s no doubt the United States Secret Service has a tough job, but recent security breaches have sparked questions about the agency’s ability to carry out its mission.
On March 10th, an intruder jumped the White House fence, almost making it to the the president’s residence before he was apprehended. This is just one of a handful of such incidents since President Trump took office.
To add insult to injury, the Secret Service has been the subject of multiple misconduct scandals in recent years, further tarnishing its public image.
Clearly, the agency is in desperate need of strong leadership to right the ship. With President Trump settling into office, it appears that leadership is on the way.
From the Daily Mail:The Secret Service will have a military man at the helm for the first time in modern history, it has been reported.
According to the Washington Examiner, Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, a retired Marine general and former head of U.S. Central Command, is preparing to name a senior armed forces officer to the agency’s top job.The move is seen as a bid to impose rigorous discipline and help the Secret Service recover from morale and image-busting White House intrusions in recent days.
Since Trump took office, he has had no problem putting decorated military leaders in important positions:
Trump has already shown a willingness to put high-ranking military men in cabinet-level positions.
Kelly himself is a retired three-star general. And James Mattis, the secretary of Defense, is a retired four-star Marine.
The move comes as the Secret Service was denied a request for an additional $60 million in funding. Many lawmakers are uneasy about increasing the funding for an agency that has been in the most tumultuous stretch of its history.
During President Trump’s short time in office, he has shown a willingness to travel frequently. Aside from normal duties, Trump has held campaign-style rallies across the country, continuing to drum up support for his agenda. However, the amount of travel for — and logistics of — these events will prove to be a challenge for the Secret Service.
Many hope that this shakeup will be what the agency needs to get its house in order.
[Note: This post was written by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]