Obama on Prostitution Scandal: Investigation Will Be ‘Thorough,’ ‘Rigorous’

‘We’re representing the people of the United States’

Speaking in Colombia just days after news of the Secret Service prostitution scandal broke, President Obama said, "I expect that investigation to be thorough and I expect it to be rigorous." 

What happened here in Colombia is being investigated by the director of the Secret Service. I expect that investigation to be thorough and I expect it to be rigorous. If it turns out that some of the allegations that have been made in the press are confirmed, then of course I’ll be angry — because my attitude with respect to the Secret Service personnel is no different than what I expect out of my delegation that’s sitting here. We’re representing the people of the United States. And when we travel to another country, I expect us to observe the highest standards because we’re not just representing ourselves, we’re here on behalf of our people. And that means that we conduct ourselves with the utmost dignity and probity. And obviously what’s been reported doesn’t match up with those standards.

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