According to NBC News, U.S. Army soldiers on Vice President Mike Pence’s communications team were re-assigned for bringing women back to their hotel in Colombia.
Three U.S. defense officials told NBC the soldiers — who were senior Army members according to one official — didn’t register the women when they brought them into the building.
Pence visited Colombia earlier this month on his trip to several South American countries, but it’s not known if he was in Colombia at the time of the incident.
Pence’s staff were told of the incident when they saw the soldiers bringing the women into the hotel — a secure area — on security camera video.The soldiers were subsequently brought back to the United States and removed from the White House detail.
“We are aware of the incident and it is currently under investigation,” Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Paul Haverstick told NBC. “We can confirm that the individuals in question have been re-assigned back to the Army.”
From NBC News:
In 2012, eight Secret Service agents doing advance work for a presidential trip to Colombia lost their jobs after allegations that some took prostitutes from a strip club back to their hotel rooms.
There is no indication at this point that the women with the U.S. Army soldiers were prostitutes, officials said.
The Defense Department had no immediate comment.