White House military aides probed over contact with foreign women

First lady Melania Trump third from right with her son Barron Trump third from left is presented by the Chapman family of Silent Night Evergreens the Wisconsin-grown Christmas Tree at the North Portico of the White House in Washington Monday Nov. 2

Three US military personnel have been reportedly reassigned from their posts at the White House following allegations that they had improper conduct with women during Donald Trump's trip to Asia earlier this month.

The three Army noncommissioned officers, who worked for the White House Communications Agency, have been reassigned from their White House jobs.

The Pentagon is investigating the incident.

The personnel, part of the White House Communications Agency, broke curfew while in Vietnam, The Washington Post reported.

A senior US defense official confirmed the report to Fox News, and a Pentagon official told USA Today investigators are looking into the reports.

The WHCA, a branch of the White House Military Office, is staffed by former military service personnel, according to The Hill.

First lady Melania Trump and her son Barron Trump look at the Wisconsin-grown Christmas Tree at the North Portico of the White House in Washington Monday Nov. 20 2017. The tree will be displayed in the White House Blue Room. (AP

Dana White, the Pentagon's chief spokeswoman, confirmed that the allegations during the president's 12-day tour of Asia were "under investigation".

If found guilty, the service members face the risk of losing their security clearances or could be subject to administrative discipline or courts-martial.

They were promptly removed from Pence's communications team detail, brought back to the USA and reassigned back to the Army, according to White House sources.

Service members are required to register their contacts with foreigners while accompanying the president, vice president and other senior officials on worldwide trips.

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In 2012, members of the Secret Service under President Obama resigned after it came to light that they cavorted with prostitutes while on security duty in Colombia in advance of Obama's arrival for a tour of Latin America.



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