Dan Bongino’s strong accusations against the U.S. Secret Service have created a war of sorts between the former agent and the government agency responsible for protecting the President of the United States.
In its search for greater diversity in its ranks, the Secret Service has been lowering its standards since at least “the early 2000s,” according to Bongino in his new book, “Protecting The President: An Inside Account of the Troubled Secret Service in an Era of Evolving Threats,” which came out Tuesday.
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— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) September 19, 2017
A Secret Service agent from 1999 to 2011, as well as a former candidate for the U.S. Senate and House, Bongino gives an insider account of the agency and its behind-the-scenes workings.
“Sadly, and for many years, the Secret Service has been sacrificing mission-readiness at the altar of political correctness,” he wrote, according to The Daily Caller. “The Secret Service’s attachment to quota-based hiring was so intense that they hired applicants for the special agent and Uniformed Division officer positions that could barely meet basic physical fitness standards upon their commission as agents or officers.”
Bongino appeared on Fox News to promote the book, telling the hosts of “Fox & Friends” that the Secret Service is “in trouble” because it has “been broken by politicians.”
“They’re obsessed with diversity initiatives and they’re putting the president in danger,” he added, warning that the agency needs to “stop focusing so much on the color, race, creed and sexual preference of the agents.”
The hiring practices by the government agency are responsible for recent White House security breaches, Bongino contends in his book, giving examples of politically correct decisions made that could one day lead to disaster.
He also revealed that he was hesitant to tackle the subject in his book “because whenever someone mentions the term ‘diversity’ and discusses the real-world implications of applying such a loosely defined term to a specific job description, he or she runs the severe risk of character assassination by extreme partisan actors who don’t care a bit about the real-world ramifications of their ideological crusades.”
He believes agents agree.
“If rank-and-file agents were given the opportunity to speak about the impact of the Secret Series of this obsession with racial and gender quotas without fear of retribution, many of them would tell a troubling tale,” he wrote. “I know this because I lived it, and I spoke with agents during my career from different races and genders who felt that this problem was destructive to agency morale.”
The Secret Service, however, strongly disagreed with Bongino.
“Mr. Bongino earned his right to his opinions about the Secret Service, however his opinions are not supported by the facts,” the Secret Service told The Daily Caller in a statement, saying the agency “fully supports diversity within our organization.”
“Mr. Bongino’s opinion brings discredit upon the men and women he claims to fully support,” the statement read.
“Brings discredit?” Bongino responded in comments to The Daily Caller.
“I was there, I saw what happened and I left names and embarrassing details out to avoid additional embarrassment to the managers involved. I suggest they seriously rethink their PR strategy here and focus on fixing the problem both I, and others, have highlighted,” he said. “The Secret Service belongs to the tax payers, not the managers.”
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