Monday, December 19, 2016

Trump Keeping His Private Security (Right Next to the Secret Service)....

and, of course, the government boys don't like it.

Politico writes:
 President-elect Donald Trump has continued employing a private security and intelligence team at his victory rallies, and he is expected to keep at least some members of the team after he becomes president, according to people familiar with the plans.

The arrangement represents a major break from tradition. All modern presidents and presidents-elect have entrusted their personal security entirely to the Secret Service, and their event security mostly to local law enforcement, according to presidential security experts and Secret Service sources....

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.”...

Trump’s spending on private security, on the other hand, actually increased after he was granted Secret Service protection in November 2015....

 Trump’s security director,  often misidentified as a member. (Despite being — at 58 years old — significantly older than most agents, Schiller looks the part, invariably sporting a uniform of dark suits and white shirts, along with a Secret Service-issued perimeter pin, and maintaining an athletic 6-foot-4-inch, 210-pound frame.)...

Schiller is expected to follow Trump into the White House, according to multiple sources on the transition team.

In interviews with about a dozen people who interact with Trump, they said even as the president-elect’s Secret Service detail has expanded significantly since the election, he remains most comfortable with Schiller and his team. A native of New Paltz, New York, and father of two, Schiller has been director of security for The Trump Organization since 2004.

The Trump associates say Schiller is expected to become a personal White House aide who would serve as the incoming president’s full-time physical gatekeeper..

Even after the arrival of Trump’s Secret Service detail, which typically marks the end of any pre-existing security arrangement, Schiller never strayed from his boss’ side.

Given that the CIA is already trying to derail the Trump presidency through leaks about alleged Russian hacking, I don't blame Trump for keeping his own security around. No doubt, he has seen the movie JFK.



  1. Maybe he's seen this video showing the secret service guy being told to get off the right rear part of JFK's car...

  2. Well, with their success at stopping widespread counterfeiting, it's a wonder that Trump doesn't trust them. I mean without the Secret Service, we might be completely awash in worthless counterfeit paper currency!

  3. Hopefully Trump has someone test all of his food too!

  4. I was talking to my sons about this just after the election. I asked them if Trump should keep his private security detail. They said he would be crazy not to. I agreed.

  5. If Trump is going to go completely establishment he probably wouldn't need his private detail. If he intends on doing things that will ruffle very powerful feathers, then keeping your trusted security is a very wise move.