Military Staff Removed From White House After 'Incident' On Trump's Asia Trip

Military Staff Removed From White House After 'Incident' On Trump's Asia Trip: Report

Military officials removed over 'improper conduct' with foreign women while travelling with Donald Trump in Asia

Three US military personnel have been reportedly reassigned from their posts at the White House following allegations that they had improper conduct with women during Donald Trump's trip to Asia earlier this month.

The three Army noncommissioned officers, who worked for the White House Communications Agency, have been reassigned from their White House jobs, according to The Washington Post, which cited officials familiar with the situation.

The service members are alleged to have broken their curfew during the trip to Vietnam, which was part of the president's recent 12-day tour of Asia.

"We are aware of the incident", Mark Wright, spokesperson for the US Department of Defense told the outlet in a statement regarding the allegations.

President Mike Pence. Those men ‒ two from the Army and two from the Air Force ‒ stand accused of taking foreign women after hours into a secure areas as they prepared for Pence's arrival, officials said. Pence had not yet arrived in Panama at the time. While the specifics of their conduct was not yet known, the service members could lose their security clearances and face other disciplinary measures if found guilty.

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Army Col. Amanda I. Azubuike, a spokesperson for the United States military, told the Post that the investigation into the Panama incident has been closed and has since been sent to senior military officials for review.

Previously, 13 Secret Service agents were placed on leave after they were accused of paying prostitutes during a trip to Colombia with President Barack Obama in 2012.

Service members with high-level security clearances are expected to report contacts with foreign individuals to ensure their interactions do not compromise national security.

The White House Communications Agency handles technical support for presidential and vice presidential events and provides secure communications.

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