One of the right-wing’s favorite insults is to call someone a “cuck,” short for cuckold, the term for a man whose wife has been sexually unfaithful to him.
News today contained in a new book by Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter Carol Leonnig has led many to wonder whether that term should be used to describe Donald Trump Jr.
Zero Fail: The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service, Leonnig’s latest tome, reveals that “two Trump family members got “inappropriately – and perhaps dangerously – close” to agents protecting them while Donald Trump was president,” according to an account of the book’s contents in The Guardian.
One of those Trump family members was Vanessa Trump — now the ex-wife of the former president’s oldest son, Donald Jr. — who is reported to have “started dating one of the agents who had been assigned to her family,” according to Leonnig.
Vanessa and Donald Trump Jr. announced in March of 2018 that they were divorcing after Vanessa filed for dissolution of their marriage in an uncontested suit.
Leonnig states that the agent did not face disciplinary action for fraternizing with one of the people he was assigned to protect — and prohibited from developing an intimate relationship with to prevent his feelings from clouding his judgment — primarily because the dating allegedly didn’t begin until after the divorce was announced and Vanessa was no longer under official Secret Service protection.
What happened before the relationship was announced publicly is known only to the parties involved.
The other Trump family member accused of potential improprieties with a member of their security detail is Tiffany Trump, who “began spending an unusual amount of time alone with a Secret Service agent on her detail” after breaking up with a boyfriend.
Leonnig’s book reveals that Secret Service officials “became concerned at how close Tiffany appeared to be getting to the tall, dark and handsome agent”.
While both the agent and Donald Trump’s daughter from his second marriage to Marla Maples deny that anything unseemly was going on, the agent was quickly reassigned to other duties.
While it is unclear if the ex-president was aware at the time of the concerns about the relationships between Secret Service agents and the members of his family, Leonnig’s book does reveal that Trump was quite picky about the physical fitness of the agents protecting himself and his family, potentially making the pool of agents even more attractive than they might otherwise be.
The former president is said to have pressed for the removal of any Secret Service agents that he considered being too overweight or too short for his tastes.
“I want these fat guys off my detail,” Trump reportedly said. “How are they going to protect me and my family if they can’t run down the street?”
Talk about double standards from the notoriously out-of-shape consumer of Big Mac’s and Kentucky Fried Chicken.
Original reporting by Martin Pengelly at The Guardian.
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