President Obama Speaks on Secret Service Scandal

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During a press conference in Cartagena yesterday, standing alongside Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, Barack Obama addressed the Secret Service scandal surrounding up to a dozen agents and five members of the U.S. military.

They are accused of soliciting prostitutes in that nation and have been relieved of their posts.

After praising the role of Secret Service employees in general - telling reporters these men and women perform "extraordinary service" on a daily basis - he decreed the reported actions of the men cited in this weekend's report:

"I expect that investigation to be thorough, and I expect it to be rigorous. If it turns out that some of the allegations that have been made in the press are confirmed, then of course I'll be angry... We are representing the people of the United States, and when we travel to another country, I expect us to observe the highest standards."

California Rep. Darrell Issa, who leads the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, says he isn't certain whether Congress will hold hearings on the misconduct. But he does find it hard to believe this was an isolated incident.

"It's not about whether the president was in danger this time. It's whether or not you need to make changes so the American people can have confidence in all of their workforce," Issa said on Face the Nation yesterday.

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