White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today declined to comment on the scandal embroiling the Secret Service, seeking to maintain the focus of the White House Press corps on President Obama’s trip to Colombia and the Summit of the Americas being held there.
From Carney’s briefing today:
And I would, as I did on issues related to Secret Service personnel, I’d refer you to the Secret Service; for Department of Defense personnel, I would refer you to the Department of Defense.
I think our focus here, the President’s focus continues to be on the meetings he’s having, the tremendous potential that the integration of the economies in the Americas has for expanding American exports, building American businesses and helping create American jobs. And that has been his principal focus, his sole focus in his meetings here.
The President has had — does have confidence in the Secret Service. And I think, as Service has said — and I would point you to those reports — that this incident had no impact on the President’s security.
Secret Service members doing advance work for the president’s trip are suspected of cavorting with prostitutes. Eleven of them were sent back to the United States.