(JustPatriots.com)- A new book about the US Secret Service tells the story about how two members of the Trump family got “inappropriately — and perhaps dangerously — close” to certain agents while they were protecting then-President Donald Trump.
The book, called “Zero Fail: The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service,” is set to be released next week. It was written by Carol Leonnig, a reporter for the Washington Post.
Leonnig is no stranger to writing about the Secret Service. In 2015, she won a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on the security failures at the agency. She also contributed to the Post team that won another Pulitzer for its work on leaks from Edward Snowden about the surveillance techniques conducted by the National Security Agency.
In this latest book, Leonnig wrote that some agents at the Secret Service said Vanessa Trump, the then-wife of Donald Trump Jr., “started dating one of the agents who had been assigned to her family. In March 2018, Vanessa filed for divorce from Trump Jr.
None of the agents involved in the incident faced any disciplinary action for their roles, though. That’s because they weren’t the official guardians to Vanessa Trump at that point in time.
But, the romance between Trump family members and Secret Service agents didn’t end there apparently. Leonnig’s book reads that Tiffany Trump broke up with one of her boyfriends then “began spending an unusual amount of time alone with a Secret Service agent on her detail.”
Tiffany Trump is the former president’s daughter with Marla Maples, his second wife.
Some of the leaders at the Secret Service apparently “became concerned at how close Tiffany appeared to be getting to the tall, dark and handsome agent,” according to the book.
Policy states that agents cannot form any personal relationship with the people they are sworn to protect. This is prohibited because feelings could end up clouding their judgment as they’re trying to protect them.
According to Leonnig, both the agent and Tiffany Trump said nothing inappropriate happened between them. In fact, they both said that the nature of the job was that the agent would spend time alone with the people he was in charge of protecting.
The agent, though, was later re-assigned to another person.
It’s unclear, according to the book, whether Donald Trump knew what Secret Service agents were saying about his daughter-in-law and daughter. The book does say that the former president looked to remove agents from the detail if he thought they were too short or overweight for the job.
Leonnig writes that Trump said:
“I want these fat guys off my detail. How are they going to protect me and my family if they can’t run down the street?”
This is the second book that Leonnig has authored about the Trumps. In 2020, she co-authored a White House expose with Philip Rucker called “A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump’s Testing of America.”