The Secret Service plans to add a number of agents who previously worked with President Biden when he was vice president in the coming weeks to his presidential details, reports The Washington Post.
While it is not uncommon for staff adjustments to be made to the presidential details when a new administration takes office, the new moves come as incoming President’s allies have expressed concern about how some agents could join President TrumpDonald Trump Georgia’s signature audit finds no fraud during presidential election. Pompeo calls for release of Chinese journalist jailed for coronavirus coverage. Pence refused to be signed to reverse the election, advocates say MORE., the Post noted.
The secret service has come under scrutiny in recent months after reports that some agents have been told by members of the presidential details to give up masks when they are around Trump. The office has also attracted attention in the past year after Anthony Ornato, who previously headed the current government, was allowed to serve as a political adviser in the White House.
In a statement to the Post, Catherine Milhoan, a spokeswoman for the agency, said the office was “steadfastly committed to a standard of excellence in these operations, completely apolitical and not affiliated with the political parties of the patrons. . ‘
“As a matter of practice and due to operational safety, the agency does not comment on protection operations including internal decisions on agency assignments,” she added.
The Hill also reached out to commentators at the Secret Service.
According to the Post, Darryl Volpicelli and Brian McDonough are among the oversight agents who served in the previous government, which is expected to be added to Biden’s details soon. Volpicelli is reportedly set to be the team’s second baseman and McDonough is a senior detail supervisor.
David Cho, who during the current government helped lead the protective details, will apparently also help guide the presidential details for the incoming government.
A former director of the Secret Service told the Post that it is’ smart to give the incoming president the convenience of the celebrity. ‘
“You want him to be with people he knows and trusts, and who also know how he works,” they added.