The White House maintained on Friday that President Obama's confidence in the Secret Service remains strong, even as the investigation into alleged misconduct in Colombia expands and more agents faced firing.
“The president does as I’ve said before have faith in the Secret Service and a high regard for the agency,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said. The president also believes “that his security and the overall security of the trip” to the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, last weekend “was never compromised,” Carney said.
The comments come on a day in which MSNBC and CNN reported that three more agencts have "chosen to resign," in addition to the three who were forced out on Thursday. The news organizations also report that a 12th Secret Service "employee has been implicated." Eleven members of the military are also under investigation for the incident in which at least 11 Secret Service personnel allegedly brought prostitutes back to their hotel rooms.
Several news outlets have begun to name members of the Secret Service that were involved in the scandal. Carney said that he didn’t know whether the president knew personally any agents that have been identified so far.
“I am not aware that he does, I don’t know that he doesn’t,” Carney said.
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