Biden secret service agents sent home after drunk assault report in s.korea

Saturday, May 21, 2022
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Joori Roh and Trevor Hunnicutt SEOUL (Reuters). Two U.S. Secret Service agents working for Joe Biden's Asia trip are being returned home. One of them was charged with drunkenly assaulting a South Korean woman the day prior to the President arrived in Seoul. Officials said. A Yongsan police officer said that one agent was taken into custody in the wee hours of Thursday morning after a dispute over a taxi. An American official denied that the person was arrested or detained‚ but said that South Korean officials were investigating him. Official said that the second agent in dispute wasn't being investigated for any wrongdoing. Anthony Guglielmi spoke on behalf of the Secret Service‚ saying that they are aware of an incident off duty involving two Secret Service employees. This could be considered potential policy violations. They will immediately be returned to their posts and put on administrative leave. The upcoming trip was not affected.

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joe <strong>Biden</strong> secret service agents south korea korean officials police official yongsan district trip to asia secret service sent home after drunk assault report in s korea

Biden had just arrived in Seoul on Friday evening and was due to spend the night at Grand Hyatt Hotel. Biden arrived in Seoul Friday night. South Korean police officials did not provide any information about the suspect‚ including his name. The Secret Service‚ a U.S. government agency that protects President Obama and the White House is called the Secret Service. In the past‚ Secret Service personnel have been implicated in misbehaviour abroad. 2011 saw 11 Secret Service Agents from Colombia sent home for misconduct in relation to disputes with prostitutes. This was before President Barack Obama visited. TV Chosun in South Korea‚ which first reported on the event in Seoul‚ stated that the suspect was aged in the 30s. He was then arrested by a guest of the hotel. Reporting by Joori Roh and Josh Smith‚ Trevor Hunnicutt Editing by Frances Kerry