While the gross misstep has shined a negative light on the men who are often seen but never heard, commander in chief spoke on the incident, revealing that any necessary disciplinary action will be handled pending the conclusion of an investigation into the matter. “What happened here in Colombia is being investigated by the director of the Secret Service,” he told reporters during a press conference wrapping up the event, which brings together 34 members of the Organization of the Americas, and is held every five years. “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. We’re representing the people of the United States when we travel out of the country.
“These men and women perform extraordinary service on a day-to-day basis, protecting me, my family and other U.S. officials,” he added. “They do very hard work under very stressful circumstances and almost invariably do an outstanding job.”