Trump’s Private Security Force: an Operational and Legal Swamp

Trump's precendent-breaking decision to retain a private security force raises troubling questions about transparency and accountability.

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Media Outlet: The American Prospect

Peter Singer was quoted in the American Prospect about Trump’s idea to keep his own private security force as President:

“The idea of Trump keeping his own private security force in some form, while being President, is both unprecedented and a bad idea,” says Peter Singer of the New America Foundation. Singer, who’s written extensively on privatization of national security functions, thinks a private force could be potentially used to bypass institutional and legal constraints. “These roles are best performed by law enforcement professionals responsible to the public and under public oversight.”

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Peter Singer is a strategist and senior fellow at New America. The author of multiple award-winning books, he is considered one of the world's leading experts on 21st century security issues.