Secret Service Agents Put On Leave After Alleged Misconduct
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

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President Obama commented for the first time on Sunday since allegations arose about the Secret Service’s “misconduct.” The commander in chief’s trip to Latin America was tainted when news surfaced that 11 Secret Service agents and five military service members were engaged in inappropriate behavior, which included soliciting prostitutes and drinking excessively at the Hotel Caribe in Cartagena, Colombia.

The president said he would be “angry” if the accusations were true.

“What happened here in Colombia is being investigated by the director of the Secret Service,” Obama said in response to a question at a news conference ending the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena. “I expect that investigation to be thorough and to be rigorous. If it turns out that some of the allegations made in the press are confirmed, then of course I’ll be angry.”

The agents were put on administrative leave after the alleged misbehavior, reports Reuters; the service members–who were working with the Secret Service and stayed in the same hotel room–are also facing investigation.

The hotel has declined to comment.

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Sade K. Muhammad

Sadé Muhammad is a news intern at Before Black Enterprise, she was a fashion writer for, blogger and research intern for, and a marketing and web intern for WPVI-TV/6ABC in Philadelphia, PA. Sadé is a senior magazine journalism major and honors student at the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. With a passion for empowerment and solidarity among women of color, she is developing a print and online lifestyle magazine catering to this very audience for her senior thesis. When she’s not writing, she is talking fashion, travel, and Knicks basketball.