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Military Staff Removed From White House After 'Incident' On Trump's Asia Trip

Military Staff Removed From White House 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 military is scrutinising three Army noncommissioned officers who allegedly broke curfew during Trump's trip to Vietnam this month, officials said.

The service members all worked for the White House Communications Agency, a specialised military unit that helps provide the President, vice president, Secret Service and other officials with secure communications.

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

A senior US defense official confirmed the report to Fox News, and a Pentagon official told USA Today investigators are looking into the reports.

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Vietnam was one of the stops on Trump's 12-day Asia tour.

The Post said that four troops from the same White House team faced allegations around accompanying women, stemming from a trip to Panama in August with Vice President Mike Pence.

Service members are required to register their contacts with foreigners while accompanying the president, vice president and other senior officials on global trips. They risk consequences from loss of security clearance to court martial if found guilty.

They were promptly removed from Pence's communications team detail, brought back to the U.S. and reassigned back to the Army, according to White House sources.

Ten Secret Service agents were fired in 2012 after being accused of taking prostitutes to their hotel rooms while working in advance of a trip by Barack Obama to Colombia.

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