Five U.S. military members have been ordered confined to quarters over possible involvement in inappropriate conduct at the same hotel here as the 11 Secret Service agents sent home in an unfolding scandal involving local prostitutes.
Making the announcement Saturday, United States Southern Command commander Gen. Douglas Fraser said he is “disappointed by the entire incident and that this behavior is not in keeping with the professional standards expected of members of the United States military.”
The president is in Colombia for the weekend to attend the Summit of the Americas.
The White House on Saturday maintained its stance of refusing to comment on the scandal, even as word came that military personnel were also involved.
White House press secretary Jay Carney, in an on-camera briefing in Cartagena Saturday afternoon said regarding the military personnel that “It is our understanding this is part of the same incident” as the Secret Service.