Army Members Accused of Misbehavior on Trump Trip

Military personnel accused of 'improper contact' with women in Vietnam
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 22, 2017 6:55 AM CST
Army Members Accused of Misconduct on Trump Asia Trip
President Trump arrives for a signing ceremony at the Presidential Palace, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, in Hanoi, Vietnam.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The Pentagon has confirmed it is investigating allegations that three service members on President Trump's Asia trip broke curfew and had what the Washington Post calls "improper contact" with women in Vietnam. Sources tell the Post that the Army noncommissioned officers have been reassigned from their White House roles while the allegations are investigated. The three were assigned to the White House Communications Agency, a specialized unit of 1,200 military staffers responsible for providing secure communications for the president and other White House officials.

Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White tells the AP that the incident is under investigation. The officers could end up losing their security clearances or even being court-martialed. The BBC notes that four personnel from the same unit were investigated over allegations they took foreign women into a secure area during Mike Pence's trip to Panama in August, though the military has not disclosed the outcome of the investigation. (More White House stories.)

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