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Member of Joe Biden’s security team arrested for drunken assault – police

A member of President Joe Biden’s forward security team has been arrested in Seoul, the South Korean capital, and is charged with carrying out a drunken assault on a South Korean citizen.

The alleged incident happened outside the Grand Hyatt hotel, where the president is expected to stay during his visit to the country, according to Reuters.

The arrested individual works for the US Department of Homeland Security and was arrested after fighting over a taxi, a Yongsan district police official said on Friday.

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting with Inspectors General in the State Dining Room of the White House April 29, 2022 in Washington, DC. A member of Biden’s security service has reportedly been arrested in South Korea.
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Police did not provide further details about the incident or the person arrested, who has not yet been named.

A South Korean broadcaster, TV Chosun, was apparently the first outlet to report on the incident. They reported that a man in his 30s was arrested after another Grand Hyatt hotel guest called the police. This report did not name the DHS employee or the alleged victim.

Anthony Guglielmi, head of communications for the United States Secret Service, released a statement to Newsweek Friday.

“The Secret Service is aware of an off-duty incident involving two employees which may constitute potential violations of policy. Individuals will be immediately returned to their work stations and placed on administrative leave. There has been no impact on the journey ahead,” he added. says Guglielmi.

“We have very strict protocols and policies for all employees and hold ourselves to the highest professional standards. As this is an active administrative staff matter, we are unable to comment. more,” the statement added.

Biden arrived in Seoul on Friday for his first visit to South Korea as president. It is also his first trip to Asia since taking office in January last year.

The president will spend six days on the mainland, starting in the South Korean capital and ending in the Japanese capital of Tokyo. He is due to meet with the leaders of several countries, with China and North Korea likely to top the agenda for talks.

There are also concerns about possible North Korean missile tests amid decades-long tensions between the countries.

Biden will meet newly inaugurated South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol, who was elected on a platform of strengthening the country’s military alliance with the United States and also forging better relations with Japan.

Although the two countries are important allies of the United States, they have a long history of conflict with each other and significant controversy remains over Japan’s occupation of the peninsula during World War II.

“Much of the future of the world is going to be written here in the Indo-Pacific over the next few decades,” Biden said Friday at a Samsung factory in South Korea.

“We stand at an inflection point in history, where the decisions we make today will have a huge impact on the world we leave to our children tomorrow.”

The president also took aim at Russian President Vladimir Putin and the ongoing invasion of Ukraine and stressed the importance of supply chains. The factory he visited produces semiconductors that are crucial in many technologies

“Putin’s brutal and unprovoked war in Ukraine has further highlighted the need to secure our critical supply chains so that our economy, our economy and our national security are not dependent on countries that do not share our values,” Biden said.

Update 5/20/22, 8:40 AM ET: This article has been updated to include more information and a new image.

Update 5/20/22, 9:15 a.m. ET: This article has been updated to include a statement from the Secret Service.