The United States Secret Service has been tasked with protecting the life of the president -- even at the cost of their own -- since 1901. However, a district agent in Denver is drawing controversy for suggesting she would not risk her life to protect President Donald Trump.
"As a public servant for nearly 23 years, I struggle not to violate the Hatch Act. So I keep quiet and skirt the median," the special agent posted to her private Facebook page in October, notes the Washington Examiner. "To do otherwise can be a criminal offense for those in my position. Despite the fact that I am expected to take a bullet for both sides."
"It was an internal struggle for me but as soon as I put it up, I thought it was not the sentiment that I needed to share because I care very deeply about the mission," the woman said in an interview. "But I recognize that the agency is the most important thing to me. My government is the most important thing to me," she said. "I serve at the pleasure of the president, but I still have the First Amendment right to say things."
"But this world has changed and I have changed," the special agent's Facebook post continued. "And I would take jail time over a bullet or an endorsement for what I believe to be disaster to this country and the strong and amazing women and minorities who reside here. Hatch Act be damned. I am with Her."
For his part, Trump has been employing private security agents, notes Politico.
“It’s playing with fire,” Jonathan Wackrow, a former Secret Service agent, told Politico in December. He added that mixing private personnel with Service agents “increases the Service’s liability, it creates greater confusion and it creates greater risk. ... You never want to commingle a police function with a private security function. 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.”