//President Obama has ‘full confidence’ in the Secret Service

President Obama has ‘full confidence’ in the Secret Service


Mark Knoller of CBS reports on the latest developments after security breeches at the White House yesterday and today:

Secret Service Director orders beefed up patrols and surveillance along Pennsylvania Ave fence line at White House – site of fence jumping.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) September 20, 2014

Further, USSS Dir Julia Pierson orders immediate comprehensive review of fence jumping incident by Office of Professional Responsibility.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) September 20, 2014

USSS statement says incident review began last night with site inspection and personnel interviews.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) September 20, 2014

Statement says Secret Service will evaluate "all operational policies and security procedures" during the review process.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) September 20, 2014

WH spksmn says Pres Obama "has full confidence in the Secret Service and is grateful" to those who protect him & his family day in and out.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) September 20, 2014

But “full confidence” is the standard line, as evidenced by similar statements released after other incidents regarding the Secret Service. From March 2014:

Carney: Obama has full confidence in Secret Service http://t.co/w6xJAMLhNg

— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) March 31, 2014

And April 2012:

Full confidence expressed in Secret Service director http://t.co/LUARd4UZ

— Fusion (@ThisIsFusion) April 26, 2012

And April 2009:

The Secret Service has "The full confidence of the president of United States." Spokesman Nick Shapiro

— West Wing Reports (@WestWingReport) November 28, 2009

Exit question: The president has “full confidence” in the Secret Service, but should he?