Trump has made the bizarre choice to continue employing his own private security team instead of leaving the task up to the Secret Service. A former Secret Service agent Jonathan Wackrow, who worked on President Obama’s detail during his 2012 campaign said,
“It’s playing with fire.
Having a mix-and-match security team working events in tandem with the Secret Service ‘increases the Service’s liability, it creates greater confusion, and it creates greater risk.‘”
Politico is reporting that Trump is expected to continue that same system through his presidency. All modern presidents have always deferred to the Secret Service, leaving just event security to local law enforcement or event security guards.
Breaking from the norm, Trump has instead elected to maintain his own private security force, which is led by retired veteran and New York City cop Keith Schiller. Wackrow said,
“You never want to comingle a police function with a private security function. If you talk to the guys on the detail and the guys who are running the rallies, that’s been a little bit difficult because it’s so abnormal.”
(via The Daily Beast)