President-elect Donald Trump reportedly plans to stick with members of his aggressive private security crew of loyal retired ex-cops and former FBI agents, and won’t rely solely on the Secret Service in the White House, according to Politico.
That would be a major break with tradition and raises fears that the future president could be surrounded by a cadre of strong-arm bodyguards who take an extremely hard line on protesters. The private pack has accompanied Trump on his tour of “thank you” rallies, where the bodyguards have roughly ejected protesters from venues.
The private security team is led by Trump supporter and registered Republican Keith Schiller, a retired New York cop, who was videotaped during the presidential campaign apparently punching a protester who was trying to retrieve protest signs Schiller had ripped from his hands. That incident sparked a lawsuit by five protesters against Schiller, other members of the security team and Trump.
The question is, does Trump not fully trust the competency of government workers over his high-end, hand-picked, private sector security guys, or might he not trust the governmental machine to have penetrated the Secret Service, and maybe take hostile action against him.
As a wealthy and successful businessman, Trump may know more about this than the average person.
My family was friends with a very wealthy owner of a machine shop when I was a little kid. The guy was probably worth about mid to high eight figures. My main memory was of him telling the story of his success. When he started out, he was very skilled, so his plan was to take on contracts for small numbers of very complex pieces, with a high profit per piece. However he knew a friend who did the same work on the other side of the country, and the friend gave him some advice. Never fail to bid on any proposal you receive, because if you do, they will take your name off the list of people they send contracts to, and so you may not get an opportunity to bid on something you want later on. If you don’t want a contract, just bid ridiculously high, so they won’t give it to you. But always bid.
One of the first proposals he received was for several hundred thousand super small pins. He didn’t want the work, so he put in a ridiculously high bid price per pin. If he would have bid one cent per pin honestly, trying to make a fair profit, instead he bid ten dollars per pin. He figured others would bid honestly, and he wouldn’t get the contract, and they would continue to send him proposals.
Lo and behold, nobody else bid on the proposal because it seemed so undesirable, and he ended up making money hand over fist.
Strangely enough, just within the last few days, a family member related a funny story about him. Back in the late seventies/early eighties, over drinks he cautiously confided to my family member that he saw the same cars every day, at the same places on his way into work, and he saw them regardless of whether he was early, late, or on a weekend trip in to check his factory. He came to an intersection, and out pulled the car, and it turned off at the same place, and so on. The revelation was laughed off, but he was troubled enough about it to raise it with them in a way signaling that he thought something weird was going on. Of course the family member thought it just an odd coincidence.
Seeing the same cars would imply less resources, but that is what I would have expected, pre-9/11, and before the wonderful wonderment of our last Bush Presidency.
Trump was clearly an important man with a purpose, from an early age. I can’t help but wonder whether his top-notch security insulated him from the machine, and alerted him to what was out there – and implied it posed some sort of threat.
If he is using his own security because he knows what is out there and worries about it, and yet he is still charging forward, then I am even more blown away by him.