A former United States Secret Service agent tasked with protecting President Obama during his tenure is demanding Nancy Pelosi make an apology the the entire US Secret Service.
According to The Daily Caller, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent a letter Wednesday to the White House asking for a postponement of the annual State of the Union address until after the government shutdown has ended. Pelosi cited security concerns over the speech due to “hamstrung” security agencies.
The U.S. Secret Service was designated as the lead federal agency responsible for coordinating, planning, exercising, and implementing security for National Special Security Events. However, both the U.S. Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security [DHS] have not been funded for 26 days now — with critical departments hamstrung by furloughs. Sadly, given the security concerns and unless government re-opens this week, I suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after government has re-opened for this address or for you to consider delivering your State of the Union address in writing to the Congress on January 29th.
Since the letter was sent, many DHS officials and Secret Service veterans have said that Pelosi is not being truthful.
They also believe she pulled the stunt for political reasons.
In an interview with The Daily Caller, former Obama Era Secret Service Agent Dan Bongino shared that he believes Pelosi owes the Secret Service an apology.
“The timing of their paychecks will have absolutely ZERO impact on their security plan. If Pelosi thinks the agents are going to put the POTUS in danger because they’ve missed a paycheck then she should find a new line of work,” he said.
Adding that, “The Secret Service is owed an apology by her for being unnecessarily put in the middle of this. These are patriots, not politicians.”
Bongino also stated via twitter that he felt Pelosi fabricated “a story in order to hurt Trump.”
The Secret Service’s security plan for the SOTU will not change due to the partial shutdown. Pelosi knows this and yet she decided to fabricate a story in order to hurt Trump. Pathetic.
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) January 16, 2019
Reporters from NBC were also able to confirmed that the Secret Service is fully prepared.
“We’ve been planning for this for months, as we always do. It didn’t start up 29 days ago,” the official told NBC.
From @petewilliamsnbc on Secret Service & SOTU "It's a no-fail mission," the official says.
"We've been planning for this for months, as we always do. It didn't start up 29 days ago," @SecretService is not being paid during shutdown
— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) January 16, 2019
What are your thoughts. Was this a political ploy by Pelosi?