The Secret Service is making some staff changes in the presidential detail that will protect President-elect Joe Biden, the Washington Post reported late Wednesday.
Two people familiar with the changes told the Post that the Secret Service is planning for the return of a group of senior agents who guarded Biden as vice president more than four years ago, including Darryl Volpicelli, who will become the second-in-command of President Biden’s detail as well as Brian McDonough.
According to the Post, the Secret Service also plans to name David Cho, second-in-command in Trump’s protective outfit, as the new special agent to lead the Biden presidential detail.
But amid concerns that some agency members had become politically-aligned with Trump’s agenda, some agents will no longer be serving in the White House detail. The Post said Anthony Ornato, a former detail leader who temporarily left his job to become White House deputy chief of staff earlier this year and helped coordinate Trump rallies — will not be on Biden’s immediate security team.
According to the Post, Ornato will return to the Secret Service to become the assistant director overseeing the agency’s Rowley Training Center, a post that while prestigious will not directly protect the incoming president.