Two Secret Service agents assigned to protect President Donald Trump’s grandson have found themselves in hot water after they were caught taking selfies of the eight-year-old while he was sleeping.
The two agents are currently under investigation for abandoning their post while charged with protecting Donald Trump III, son of Donald Trump Jr.
The incident occurred last week while the two agents were driving Trump grandson from Westchester County, N.Y., where the president owns an estate, to Manhattan.
Donald Trump III was asleep in the car when the agents reportedly began to take selfies with the child.
The boy reportedly “freaked out” when he woke up to the sight of his protectors snapping photos of him.
After his arrival in Manhattan, the young Trump relayed his experience to his mother, Vanessa Trump. Her concerns were quickly escalated to the attention of the Secret Service Office of Professional Responsibility in Washington, D.C.
A spokesman for the Secret Service confirmed that an investigation into the incident was underway to Mother Jones, who broke the story.
“The U.S. Secret Service is aware of a matter involving two of our agents and one of our protectees,” the spokesman said. “Our Office of Professional Responsibility will always thoroughly review a matter to determine the facts and to ensure proper, long-standing protocols and procedures are followed.”
“The Secret Service would caution individuals to not jump to conclusions that may grossly mischaracterize the matter,” the spokesman added in hopes the incident won’t blow out of proportion.
This incident couldn’t come at a worse time for the Secret Service. The agency is currently under fire for another incident just last week when a man armed with mace breached White House security.
The suspect, Jonathan T. Tran, told officers after he was spotted near the south entrance of the White House that he had simply “jumped the fence.”
“No, I am a friend of the President. I have an appointment,” he told the officer.
Arresting officers found two cans of mace, a passport, and a letter addressed to the president in Tran’s backpack.
The Secret Service placed the White House under security condition “orange” after the incident, one of the highest levels of security for the agency.
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