STAFF changes are reportedly being made by the Secret Service on who will guard president-elect Joe Biden over concerns current officers are Donald Trump supporters.
With the Biden administration incoming in just a few weeks, the Secret Service is said to be planning to bring a handful of senior agents back to the White House from the days when he served as vice president.
The alterations come amid fears from Biden allies that some current members are politically aligned with Trump, reports the Washington Post, citing "two people familiar with the changes".
The agents the Secret Service plans on bringing back are ones Biden knows well as they worked to guard him and his family when he was part of the Obama administration.
Those set to join the presidential protection team include Darryl Volpicelli, who will become the second-in-command, and Brian McDonough, who will become a senior detail supervisor, according to people the Post say are familiar with the changes.
It is usual for staff changes to the presidential detail to be made when a new president is elected.
But these moves come at a time of considerable tension as Trump has continually attempted to blame his reelection loss on unfounded claims of voter fraud.
It comes as Senator Josh Hawley yesterday revealed he will object to Biden certification – despite Mike Pence's refusal to join the bid
According to the announcement, Hawley will "highlight the failure of some states, including notably Pennsylvania, to follow their own election laws as well as the unprecedented interference of Big Tech monopolies in the election."
The 40-year-old politician is set to urge Congress to launch "a full investigation of potential fraud."
Biden, 78, was named as the presidential-elect on November 7, but Trump has been pushing to repeal the results.
Just yesterday, Trump took to social media to boast he has been named the most admred man in the US.
The 74-year-old also insisted he beat president-elect Biden in the "most admired" poll as the 2020 election was "rigged with fake votes."
Trump has been making fraud claims as he is trying to save his presidency.
He even released a 14-minute long video last week about what he called "the theft of the presidential election."
There are also concerns about political loyalty of some current agents to Trump, for example some members urged other agents not to wear face masks this year in support of the the president, who felt doing so projected weakness, as the Post reported.
In November, more than 130 Secret Service agents were forced into Covid quarantine follow Trump's 2020 election campaign.
Approximately ten percent of the agency's core security team became infected, the Washington Post reported.
They had all attended the election night party, which featured little social distancing rules and almost no face masks, according to reports.
A former Secret Service executive said the changes were "smart" in order to "give the incoming president the comfort of the familiar".
The anonymous person told the Post: "You want him to be with people he knows and trusts, and who also know how he operates."
Secret Service spokesman Catherine Milhoan declined to comment of staffing changes, but told the Post the agency "is uniquely authorized to provide protection to designated US and other world leaders and reamins steadfastly dedicated to a standard of excellence in those operations, wholly apolitically and unaffiliated with the political parties of protectees."
She added: "As a matter of practice and due to operational security, the agency does not comment on protective operations inclusive of internal decisions on agency assignments."
Meanwhile, although Trump has not conceded, Secret Service agents have been if they want to transfer to Palm Beach and Mar-a-Lago, where he is expected to live after his time in the White House is up.
The Miami field office of the Secret Service also started looking at physical reinforcements for the resort that Trump calls the “winter White House,” sources told ABC News.
In November, the Secret Service decided to ramp up protection for Biden and send reinforcements to Delaware as he headed towards presidential victory.
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