Here’s How Widespread Secret Service COVID Cases Were Under Trump
By all appearances Donald Trump, his administration officials and family never gave a thought to the health and well-being of their Secret Service protectors last year as they flitted about the country and overseas for campaign rallies, personal vacations and the like. Today we learned exactly how severe a toll their selfishness exacted.
Government records obtained by CREW, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, show that almost 900 Secret Service employees tested positive for COVID-19 between March, 1, 2020 and March 9 of this year. The overwhelming majority served in protection jobs as Special Agents or in the Uniformed Division. Those are the people you see protecting the president, vice president, family members and foreign dignitaries.
The records show that in the first year of the pandemic, 881 active Secret Service employees were diagnosed with COVID. That list includes 477 Special Agents, 249 members of the Uniformed Division, 131 working in administrative, professional, and technical positions, 12 Investigative Protection Officers and 12 Technical Security Investigators. The records, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, do not include the names or assignments of those who tested positive.
According to the Department of Homeland Security, Secret Service Special Agents “are the elite agents you see protecting the President and Vice President. They also protect the leaders of other countries when they visit the US, the President’s and Vice President’s family members, Presidential candidates who are running for election.” Agents in the Uniformed Division protect the White House, Vice President’s house, Treasury Department and foreign embassies in Washington, D.C. Some Uniformed Division agents travel with the President, Vice President and foreign leaders to special events around the country.”
Throughout the pandemic, then-President and Vice President Trump and Pence held large-scale rallies against public health guidelines. Trump and his family made repeated protected trips to Trump-branded properties which the the twice-impeached then-president was making millions of taxpayer dollars a year by renting rooms to the Secret Service. And then there was the photo op that Trump insisted on while he was being treated for COVID-19 when he sat in a closed SUV and was driven by Secret Service agents around Walter Reed National Naval Medical Center just so he could wave to supporters.