This week, two Secret Service employees were shipped back to the US from South Korea this week following an alcohol-fueled confrontation with a local cab driver ahead of President Biden’s trip to the country, according to multiple reports.
ABC News reported Friday that a small number of Secret Service employees reportedly went bar-hopping in South Korea earlier this week while awaiting Biden’s arrival. Two members of that group – a special agent and a physical security specialist – later left the bars, and one of the Secret Service employees subsequently fought with the driver of a cab and two Korean citizens.
Secret Service spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement:
“The Secret Service is aware of an off-duty incident involving two employees which may constitute potential policy violations. The individuals will be immediately returned back to their post of duty and placed on administrative leave. There was no impact to the upcoming trip. We have very strict protocols and policies for all employees and we hold ourselves to the highest professional standards. Given this is an active administrative personnel matter, we are not in a position to comment further.”
According to the outlet, Biden began his tour in South Korea on Friday with a visit to a Samsung Electronics semiconductor plant. North Korea is expected to be a key topic during the trip.
This incident follows another recent scandal involving Secret Service members. In April, it was discovered that two men allegedly spent years posing as federal law enforcement officers and, in the process, built up relationships with members of the Secret Service.
#BREAKING: NBC News is reporting that we have yet another Secret Service incident as two agents were just sent home from Seoul, South Korea following a drunken incident and argument a few days ago over a taxi outside what is now President Biden’s hotel. pic.twitter.com/mlCxtT6Pgy
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) May 20, 2022