Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino blasted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) after she suggested the Secret Service would be unable to provide adequate security due to the government shutdown.
Pelosi is attempting to shut down President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address, using the security claims as her excuse.
In a letter on Wednesday, Pelosi wrote:
“The U.S. Secret Service was designated as the lead federal agency responsible for coordinating, planning, exercising, and implementing security for National Special Security Events. However, both the U.S. Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security [DHS] have not been funded for 26 days now — with critical departments hamstrung by furloughs. Sadly, given the security concerns and unless government re-opens this week, I suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after government has re-opened for this address or for you to consider delivering your State of the Union address in writing to the Congress on January 29th.”
Though the media didn’t spend much time fact-checking her statements, Bongino told the Daily Caller that the speaker owes the Secret Service an apology.
“The timing of their paychecks will have absolutely ZERO impact on their security plan. If Pelosi thinks the agents are going to put the POTUS in danger because they’ve missed a paycheck then she should find a new line of work,” Bongino said.
He added: “The Secret Service is owed an apology by her for being unnecessarily put in the middle of this. These are patriots, not politicians.”
That’s apparently not something Pelosi considered.
“The Secret Service’s security plan for the SOTU will not change due to the partial shutdown. Pelosi knows this and yet she decided to fabricate a story in order to hurt Trump. Pathetic,” Bongino later tweeted.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen also confirmed that the Secret Service and DHS are fully prepared for the State of the Union.
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