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White House military personnel reassigned after 'incident' on Trump's Asia trip

White House military personnel reassigned after 'incident' on Trump's Asia trip

The White House has transferred three military service members out of their West Wing roles after they allegedly had inappropriate contact with women during President Donald Trump's recent trip to Vietnam, according to officials at the White House.

The three service members, all assigned to the White House Communications Agency as part of a military unit that sets up secure communications for the president, have been reassigned pending the investigation, the officials said.

Mark Wright, a spokesman for the Pentagon, told the Post: "We are aware of the incident, and it is now under investigation".

The Washington Post says the personnel worked for a unit that provides the White House with secure communications.

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.

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The White House Communications Agency is no stranger to this sort of thing, either.

Another similar incident took place in August during Vice President Mike Pence's visit in Panama where military personnel violated the same curfew rule and brought unregistered women to their hotel rooms, The Hill reported.

Army Col. Amanda I. Azubuike, a spokesperson for the United States military, told the Post that the investigation into the Panama incident has been closed and has since been sent to senior military officials for review.

The soldiers were brought back to the country ahead of Pence and were immediately removed from White House detail.