A new book released Tuesday alleges that former first lady and secretary of state Hillary Clinton is extremely abusive and condescending to the very people assigned to protect her–the Secret Service.
In “The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents,” New York Times bestselling author Ronald Kessler gives an inside look at what the Secret Service experiences based on exclusive, on-the-record interviews.
Kessler writes, “When in public, Hillary smiles and acts graciously. As soon as the cameras are gone, her angry personality, nastiness, and imperiousness become evident.”
Kessler interviews agents who describe Clinton telling Secret Service agents to “f*** off” simply for saying “Good morning, ma’am” during the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
“Hillary was so mistrustful and vengeful” said a former agent to Kessler.
On Tuesday, Rare had the opportunity to talk with Ronald Kessler about Hillary Clinton’s outrageous behavior toward the Secret Service.
Kurt Wallace: This is Kurt Wallace and our guest today on Rare is Ronald Kessler, author of many books about the Secret Service, FBI, and CIA. Six of his books have appeared on the New York Times Best Seller list. His new book is “The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents.” Ronald thanks for being with us today on Rare.
Ronald Kessler: Thanks for having me.
Kurt Wallace: Sources close to Rare have stated that the Secret Service prefers protecting certain individuals over others. In your book, you tell us that because Hillary Clinton is so nasty to agents, being assigned to her protective detail is considered a form of punishment and the worst assignment in the Secret Service.
Ronald Kessler: Yeah, and what does that tell you about Hilary Clinton? She claims to be a champion of the little people. She says her policies are going to help the middle class. There’s all this discussion about whether disconnected from the ordinary person simply because she wealthy.
That’s not the issue.
The issue is she’s openly hostile to, mean to, nasty to, little people who try to not only help her, but would lay down their lives for her. That is something that people need to focus on just as people needed to focus on the fact that Richard Nixon was involved in the so-called ‘Checkers’ ethics episode before he was elected and, sure enough, he gave us Watergate.
These are things that we need to pay attention to. When Joe Biden probably the most serious allegation in the book is that he – when he goes up to Wilmington on vacation or various other places insists that instead of having to use a motorcade of 16 vehicles he has only two and specifically he orders that the military aid with a nuclear football who’s supposed to be in the motorcade stay at least a mile behind him. So, what does that mean if Obama’s taken out, or is otherwise incapable of carrying out his duties when Biden is in Wilmington?
Well, it means that we would be totally defenseless against a nuclear attack and this country would be annihilating. That is how serious it is and that is how reckless it is. And it shows colossal lack of judgement, colossal bad character and yet this has all been going on secretly ever since Biden took office.
Kurt Wallace: Now these are men who are protecting presidents and people in executive positions these men they have families they are human beings. This must be very difficult for them to have to deal with these lack of common sense things and these attitudes towards them.
Ronald Kessler: Yeah another thing that agents have to deal with is that Biden, even though they like him personally, he likes to talk to their kids. Unlike Hillary, who totally annoys the agents. But he has a habit of, just on spur of the moment, deciding to go up to Wilmington which he does at least once a week, sometimes twice in one day.
Which, by the way, has cost taxpayers a million dollars since he took office. For Air Force Two, which I also have in the book. Even though these are personal trips, he has a residence in Washington. He has no business going back and forth so frequently to his home in Wilmington. In fact sometimes he even flies just back from Wilmington to Washington to play golf with President Obama and Obama’s aware of costs. But in addition, Biden will just decide to go to Wilmington without giving his agents any notice so they never have a life, never have a home life, they never know when they’re going to be going up to Wilmington. And the Secret Service has had to rent condos there because he goes there so frequently.
So that’s where the agents stay. These are all just shocking, shocking revelations and it shows you what fools we are. We have these leaders who pull the wool over our eyes and pretend that they’re decent human beings and yet behind the scenes so many times you see that they’re quite the opposite.
Kurt Wallace: Ronald Kessler author of The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents. Thank you for being with us today on Rare.
Ronald Kessler: Thank you so much.