President Joe Biden doesn’t trust some of his own Secret Service agents because they’re secret Trump supporters, according to a new book.
Set to be released next month, “The Fight of His Life: Inside Joe Biden’s White House” documents, among other things, the president’s distrust of his own security team.
“A bigger problem was Biden’s discomfort with his Secret Service detail; some of them were MAGA sympathizers. He didn’t trust them,” author Chris Whipple wrote, according to an excerpt shared with The Hill.
Other Secret Service agents meanwhile were “white ex-cops from the South who tend to be deeply conservative,” he added.
Honored to be on Mike Barnicle’s book shelf. I’ll be on ‘Morning Joe’ to talk about Joe Biden’s consequential presidency on pub day, January 17. @Morning_Joe @ScribnerBooks @mikebarnicle @kennerly pic.twitter.com/fJx4onhL84
— Chris Whipple (@ccwhip) December 26, 2022
The Secret Service’s overall response to the Jan. 6th riot didn’t help with the trust issue.
“President Joe Biden was so disturbed by the Secret Service’s handling of text messages sought by the House January 6 select committee that he stopped speaking candidly in the presence of special agents assigned to his protection detail,” according to The Independent, which has also reviewed the book.
“Whipple writes that Mr Biden’s discomfort with the post-Trump era agency began early on in his presidency, when it became clear that ‘some of’ the agents charged with protecting him from assassination were strong supporters of the man he defeated in the 2020 election, former president Donald Trump,” The Independent reported Wednesday.
The president’s attitude toward the Secret Service changed sharply from when he was vice president, at which time he’d reportedly been close with his agents.
Perhaps too close:
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) April 1, 2019
Whereas with his new Secret Service team, Biden sometimes reportedly wondered, “Do these people really want me here?”
The president’s distrust of his own Secret Service agents reportedly spiked even further after the dog-biting incident that occurred in March of 2021.
Recall that at the time, word broke that the president’s then-three-year-old German Shephard, Major, had allegedly bit a Secret Service agent.
“According to Whipple, Mr Biden was quite skeptical about the details of the first alleged biting incident. He writes that although no one disputed that an incident had taken place, the president ‘wasn’t buying the details,’ particularly the alleged location of the biting,” The Independent notes.
“Whipple reveals that Mr Biden expressed his concerns to a friend while he was giving a tour of the White House family quarters. The president reportedly pointed to the alleged location of the biting — on the second floor of the executive mansion — and told the friend: ‘Look, the Secret Service are never up here. It didn’t happen.'”
According to Whipple, the president thought “somebody was lying … about the way the incident had gone down.”
Also, recall how the White House had tried to downplay the biting incident:
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) April 15, 2022
These trust issues were probably not alleviated any when some of the president’s own Secret Service agents were caught in a bribery scheme earlier this year.
“Four Secret Service officials have been suspended after they were allegedly duped by two men who were accused of posing as officers and employees of the federal government,” CBS News reported in April.
“Investigators allege that Arian Taherzadeh, 40, and Haider Ali, 35, who have each been charged with false impersonation of a federal officer, obtained paraphernalia, handguns and assault rifles used by federal law enforcement agencies. Then, according to the FBI, they allegedly used their fake associations with the U.S. government to cozy up to U.S. Secret Service officials with gifts and favors.”
Former President Donald Trump’s relationship with the Secret Service was another matter altogether. In fact, according to reports, agents loved Trump so much that they were rooting for Biden to fail after the 2020 presidential election.
“There was a very large contingent of Donald Trump’s detail, who were personally cheering for Biden to fail, and some of them even took to their personal media accounts to cheer on the insurrection and the individuals riding up to the Capitol as patriots,” Carol Leonnig of The Washington Post claimed on MSNBC over the summer.
By “insurrection,” she meant the one-day Jan. 6th riot.
Here is our conversation with @CarolLeonnig , who literally wrote the book on the Secret Service, about the questions surrounding Cassidy Hutchinson’s recounting of the story of Donald Trump lunging for the steering wheel when he found out he wasn’t going to the Capitol. pic.twitter.com/LYB8zGdvtp
— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) June 29, 2022
Overall, it seems that whereas Trump’s relationship with the Secret Service was one of love and respect, Biden’s relationship with the legendary law enforcement agency is one of distrust and apathy …
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