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President Biden secret service agents sent home after drunk assault report in South Korea 

Two US Secret Service agents who were tasked with helping prepare for President Joe Biden’s visit to South Korea have been sent home before Biden even arrived, following allegations that they were involved in a drunken altercation.

The two agents were reportedly frequenting several bars in Seoul while off duty in the early morning hours of Thursday, when one of them allegedly assaulted a taxi driver outside the Grand Hyatt hotel, where Biden was to stay. South Korean police told Reuters that one of the agents was arrested, but an unidentified US official said he was only “investigated.”

“The Secret Service is aware of an off-duty incident involving two employees which may constitute potential policy violations,” agency spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement. “The individuals will be immediately returned back to their post of duty and placed on administrative leave. There was no impact to the upcoming trip.”

A U.S. official disputed that the individual was detained or arrested, saying only that he was “investigated” by South Korean officials. The official said the other agent involved in the dispute was not investigated for wrongdoing. The South Korean police official did not give the name or other information on the suspect.

Biden arrived in South Korea on Friday afternoon local time, kicking off a five-day trip to the Far East. As his first order of business, Biden toured a Samsung computer chip factory with South Korean President Yoon Seok Youl.

“Our two nations work together to make the best, most advanced technology in the world. This factory is proof of that,” the president said. “That gives both the Republic of Korea and the United States a competitive edge in the global economy if we can keep our supply chains resilient, reliable and secure.” 

“This vibrant democracy has become a powerhouse of global innovation by investing in educating its people, in companies like Samsung that are driven by responsible development of technology and innovation,” he added. “It’ll be critical to shaping the future in the direction of our two countries, the direction we both want to go.” 

ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH 

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: NEW YORK POST

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