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Black Secret Service Agent Told Trump It Was ‘Offensive’ to Hold Rally in Tulsa on Juneteenth

President Trump at Indiana rally.

By Steve Neavling

A Black Secret Service agent called out former President Trump for scheduling a rally in Tulsa on Juneteenth last year. 

The exchange was detailed in an upcoming book from Michael C. Bender, “Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost,” Politico reports.

Theagent told Trump that it was “offensive” to hold a political rally on the holiday, which commemorates the day when slaves in Texas learned about the end of slavery.  

According to the book, Trump asked the agent about Juneteenth. 

“Yes, I know what it is,” the agent told Trump.

Later that day, Trump announced on Twitter that he was changing the date of the rally. 

Trump Bills Secret Service Nearly $35,000 to Rent Portable Toilets

By Steve Neavling

They aren’t golden toilets, but they’ll cost taxpayers a lot. 

The Secret Service was charged nearly $35,000 to rent portable toilets for the next four months at former President Trump’s golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, The Daily Beast reports

Trump recently moved to the club from Mar-a-Largo in Palm Beach, Fla. and plans to stay there until early fall, CNN reported.

“Even now, taxpayers continue to spend many thousands of dollars to facilitate Donald Trump’s businesses,” Noah Bookbinder, executive director of watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and a former federal prosecutor, told The Daily Beast. “He is of course entitled to protection, but from the beginning, it has been about his advancement and convenience, rather than what is good for the country. Forcing taxpayers to spend all of this money for porta potties at a business that surely has sufficient bathrooms is confounding.”

The Secret Service did not comment. 

The portable toilets are just the latest extravagant cost of protecting Trump. In 2017, the Secret Service couldn’t afford to pay hundreds of agents who were responsible for protecting Trump’s large family.

Trump ordered the Secret Service to continue protecting 13 members of his family and at least three appointees beyond his first presidential term. 

Trump Bills Secret Service $40,000+ to Use Single Room at Mar-a-Lago

By Steve Neavling

Former President Trump billed the Secret Service more than $40,000 for agents this spring to use a room at Mar-a-Lago resort to protect him. 

The Secret Service was charged $396.15 each night to use a single room as a workspace for agents, The Washington Post reports.

The charges continued until at least April 30, when he moved to his club in Bedminster, N.J. for the summer. 

The daily room rate is the same amount Trump charged the Secret Service during his presidency. 

While former presidents get protection for life, the rate Trump, a billionaire, is billing is unprecedented. 

“It’s tacky,” Jeffrey A. Engel, the director of the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University, told The Washington Post. “Just because you can make a buck doesn’t mean you should make a buck. And especially when you have a situation where you’re an ex-president. You’re not going to starve.”

New Book Chronicles Missteps, Successes of Secret Service

File photo via Secret Service.

By Steve Neavling

President Trump sought to remove Secret Service personnel who he believed was overweight or short. 

Vanessa Trump, the ex-wife of Donald Trump’s eldest son, dated a Secret Service agent shortly after her divorce with Donald Trump Jr.

And during the Sept. 11 terrorist attack, Secret Service agents were unable to get Vice President Dick Cheney immediately to safety in an underground bunker because they forgot the S-keys to open the shelter. 

These are some of the takeaways in “Zero Fail: The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service,” a new book by Washington Post reporter and Pulitzer Prize winner Carol D. Leonnig. The book will be released to the public next week. 

The Washington Post obtained an advance copy of the book and wrote that the book “chronicles the successes, missteps and evolution of the agency tasked with protecting the American president.”

“Although Leonnig does depict some heroics by the Secret Service, her 487-page tome largely focuses on the challenges and stumbles — bureaucratic and otherwise — of the agency she describes as ‘spread dangerously thin’ through 11 presidents, starting with the assassination of John F. Kennedy and placing a particular emphasis on the George W. Bush, Obama and Trump eras.”

Secret Service Agent Dies While Training at Bush Family Compound in Maine

By Steve Neavling

A funeral service was held Saturday for Keith Mills, a 50-year-old Secret Service agent who died last week while training during his shift at the Bush family compound at Walker’s Point in Kennebunkport. 

The Secret Service and law enforcement officials attended the service to honor Mills, who helped protect the late President George H.W. Bush and former President George W. Bush, The Portland Press-Herald reports.

Mills had worked for the Secret Service since 2002. Before that, he worked at the Kennebunkport Police Department.

An autopsy was performed, but Mills’ cause of death has not been revealed. 

Because Mills was working, his death is considered a line-of-duty death. 

Mills left behind a wife and two children, 15-year-old Evan and 12-year-old Avery.

“Laura and I were saddened by the sudden loss of Keith Mills,” George W. Bush said in a statement. “Keith was a dedicated public servant and exemplary member of the United States Secret Service. My family had the good fortune of knowing Keith well, and now our thoughts are with Keith’s family – particularly his children. We join them in mourning the loss of a kind, funny, patriotic man.”

Florida Nurse Accused of Threatening to Kill Vice President Harris

Vice President Kamala Harris.

By Steve Neavling

A Florida nurse has been charged with threatening to kill Vice President Kamala Harris.

Niviane Petit Phelps was arrested last week after authorities said she recorded and sent a series of videos to her husband in jail, according to a Secret Service complaint, USA Today reports.

In the videos, Phelps allegedly said she planned to murder the vice president and was practicing at a gun range and applying for a concealed weapons permit. 

She also claimed Harris “isn’t actually Black,” the complaint states. 

The criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida states that Phelps “knowingly and willfully made threats to kill and inflict bodily harm upon the Vice President of the United States in violation of Title 18, United States Code Section 871.”

Phelps faces up to five years in prison if convicted. 

Phelps, a 20-year employee of Jackson Health System, was suspended from her job. 

Secret Service Study Finds School Shootings Are Preventable

By Steve Neavling

A Secret Service study concluded that school shootings are preventable if officials pay attention to warning signs. 

The agency’s National Threats Assessment Center analyzed 67 thwarted school attacks in the past 12 years and found that in a vast majority of the cases the plotters gave off warning signs. 

The report concludes that early intervention is the key to saving the lives of students. 

In 75% of the cases, school attacks were “detected” because the would-be shooters spoke publicly about their plans. Others had “histories of school discipline and contact with law enforcement” or exhibited suicidal thoughts, harassing behavior or an interest in past violent attacks. 

In many of the cases, the plots were planned for months. 

“The key findings of the study are clear and consistent: Individuals contemplating violence often exhibit observable behaviors, and when community members report these behaviors, the next tragedy can be averted,” Secret Service Director James M. Murray wrote. “The Secret Service encourages its educational, medical and public safety partners to review the information within, and use it to guide best practices for maintaining a safe and healthy learning environment for all children.” 

Secret Service Arrests Two People with Weapons And Letter to Biden Near White House

By Steve Neavling

The Secret Service arrested two people near the White House after one of them told agents they were in possession of weapons and a letter to President Biden. 

One of them had a BB gun, and the other was in possession of an unregistered pistol and ammunition, The Hill reports.

“During the course of the encounter and subsequent arrests, the individuals posed no immediate danger to any Secret Service protectee,” the Secret Service said.

The pair voluntarily approached the agents on Friday and said they “were there to meet with the President of the United States and had a letter to deliver to him.”

“On Feb. 13 at approximately 5:24 p.m., two individuals approached U.S. Secret Service Uniformed Division officers near 15th St. NW and Pennsylvania Ave,” a Secret Service spokesperson told The Hill.

“One of the individuals disclosed the possession of a weapon and was immediately detained and the second individual disclosed the location of an additional weapon in a vehicle nearby. Uniformed Division officers located the vehicle and took possession of the weapon. The first individual was arrested for possession of a BB gun and the second individual was arrested for carrying a pistol without a license, possession of an unregistered firearm and possession of unregistered ammunition,” the spokesperson added.

Biden was on the way to Camp David at the time and was not at the White House.