WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s chief re-election adviser says he was surprised by the Secret Service prostitution scandal.
David Axelrod says the allegations are disturbing, but that the actions of a few men should not tarnish the overall work and reputation of the agency.
Axelrod, who used to work in the White House, says that in his experience, the Secret Service has been “completely professional.”
He tells CNN’s “State of the Union” that he always felt the agents were willing to do anything to protect the president and the people around him.
Some Secret Service agents sent to protect Obama during his recent trip to Colombia have been accused of bringing prostitutes to their hotel rooms. So far, six agents have lost their jobs.
Axelrod calls their conduct “really disappointing.”