On Tuesday, Joseph Clancy, who was made director of the Secret Service under the previous Obama administration, tendered his resignation to President Trump after only two years in the position.
Clancy was brought on board as director by former President Barrack Obama in 2014, during what was widely considered as a tumultuous time for the agency. At the time, the Secret Service was plagued by scandal and was viewed by many to be under poor management.
Those outside the White House claim his resignation comes because of widespread tension between the Secret Service and President Donald Trump’s own private security team. Director Clancy, however, was quick to deny those allegations earlier in the year while speaking to CNN.
“First of all, let me say that the secret service has the sole responsibility of protecting the President, the Vice President, the first family, etc.”
He went on to clarify the relationship between the two organizations and stated that the two entities do not interact.
“They are a staff function, and we do not interact with them,” Clancy said.
Before being tapped by former President Obama to head the Secret Service, Clancy had originally resigned from his previous post on the President’s detail to become head of security for Comcast in 2011.
“My love for this agency has only complicated the decision further, but for personal reasons it is time,” he said to the Washington Times. “I look forward to spending time with my family.”