Published: Wed, November 22, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

United States military members had 'improper contact' with foreign women

United States military members had 'improper contact' with foreign women

Three military personnel have been reassigned from their White House jobs amid allegations that they had improper contact with foreign women while travelling with President Donald Trump on his recent trip to Asia, according to officials familiar with the situation.

The service members had been working for the White House Communications Agency, a specialized military unit that helps provide top officials with secure communications, The Post said.

A USA official, speaking only on condition of anonymity, says three service members are under investigation for possible misconduct in Vietnam during Trump's Asia trip.

Sources told The Washington Post three Army noncommissioned officers broke curfew while Trump was visiting Vietnam earlier in November.

A Defense Department spokesman confirmed to the Post that the Pentagon is investigating the members' behavior overseas.

"We are aware of the incident, and it is now under investigation", Defense Department spokesman Mark Wright said in The Post.

Two soldiers and two Airmen on Pence's communications team were reportedly caught on camera bringing women back to their hotel, a secure area, NBC News reported at the time.

The Washington Post noted that if the staffers are found guilty, they could lose their security clearances or be subject to disciplinary measures, including court martial. Service members are supposed to report their contacts for security reasons.

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