By Steve Neavling
Donald Trump’s last-minute trip to Mexico endangered both himself and the Secret Service agents who protect him, The Daily Beast reports.
“It definitely puts lives at risk,” said Jonathan Wackrow, a 14-year Secret Service veteran, who spent his last five years in the service on Obama’s detail. “The stress is unbelievable because you have to have a plan for every contingency… but the time to think of it has been reduced from two weeks to two days.
“These things are always a nightmare. I don’t mean to be hyperbolic… anything that can go wrong does go wrong on a trip with a short timeline,” said Dan Bongino, a retired Secret Service agent who coordinated President Obama’s visits to Prague, Jakarta and Afghanistan.
A 25-year veteran of the Secret Service added, “Everyone’s working hard on the campaign trail to keep everybody safe and prevent anyone from being embarrassed, but that’s difficult when you have these last-minute trips.”
While Trump said the trip was successful, Mexico’s president said that the Republican presidential candidate lied about not discussing whether Mexico would pay for the wall.