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Statement by Secretary Johnson on the U.S. Secret Service Security Review

Release Date: 
September 22, 2014

For Immediate Release
DHS Press Office
Contact: 202-282-8010

I look forward to the receipt of the security review ordered by Director Pierson concerning the events on the North lawn of the White House Friday night. I will carefully evaluate the findings and recommendations of the review at that time, after which I'm sure I will discuss them with Director Pierson, White House officials and Members of Congress. In the meantime, I encourage all of us to not rush to judgment about the event and not second-guess the judgment of  security officers who had only seconds to act, until all the facts are in. It is important to remember that the U.S. Secret Service remains one of the best, if not the best, protection services in the world. This week it is responsible for the protection of approximately 140 heads of state or heads of government who will convene at the UN General Assembly in New York City. Last month the Secret Service provided protection for over 46 world leaders who convened in Washington for the Africa Summit, and it did so flawlessly and without incident. There is virtually no other protection service in the world that could accomplish these things.

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Last Published Date: September 22, 2014
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