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Trump Departs from Tradition, Plans to Keep Private Security Team

Donald TrumpBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Although President-elect Donald Trump is protected by the Secret Service, he has opted to continue employing a private security and intelligence team at his victory rallies.

Politico reports that he is expected to retain some members of the team when he becomes president, a major departure from tradition. 

Politico wrote:

But Trump — who puts a premium on loyalty and has demonstrated great interest in having forceful security at his events — has opted to maintain an aggressive and unprecedented private security force, led by Keith Schiller, a retired New York City cop and Navy veteran who started working for Trump in 1999 as a part-time bodyguard, eventually rising to become his head of security.

Security officials warn that employing private security personnel heightens risks for the president-elect and his team, as well as for protesters, dozens of whom have alleged racial profiling, undue force or aggression at the hands of Trump’s security, with at least 10 joining a trio of lawsuits now pending against Trump, his campaign or its security.

“It’s playing with fire,” said Jonathan Wackrow, a former Secret Service agent who worked on President Barack Obama’s protective detail during his 2012 reelection campaign. Having a private security team working events with Secret Service “increases the Service’s liability, it creates greater confusion and it creates greater risk,” Wackrow said.

“You never want to commingle a police function with a private security function,” he said, adding, “If you talk to the guys on the detail and the guys who are running the rallies, that’s been a little bit difficult because it’s so abnormal.”

Donald Trump Rallies Are Putting Strain on Secret Service Agents

secret-service-3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The head of the Secret Service said his agents’ jobs are tougher because of the rowdy rallies held by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

“There’s no question that some of these events create even more challenges for us,” Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy told lawmakers at a House Appropriations committee hearing Tuesday.

On Saturday, agents jumped on stage to protect Trump after a man jumped over a fence and appeared to be lunging at the Republican frontrunner. Just a day earlier, Trump canceled a rally in Chicago after hundreds of protesters turned out in loud opposition to the Republican.

But Clancy reiterated that his agents are not responsible for removing disruptive protesters, NBC News reports. 

“We are there to protect our protectee,” Clancy said. “If there are people that are disrupting the event, that is not our primary responsibility.”

The responsibility for handling protesters is up to event security or local law enforcement, Clancy aid.

“We do not interfere with people’s First Amendment rights. People have the right to voice their opinions and it’s for the host committee to decide whether that’s disruptive to that event.”

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