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President Obama has ‘full confidence’ in the Secret Service

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Mark Knoller of CBS reports on the latest developments after security breeches at the White House yesterday and today:

Secret Service Director orders beefed up patrols and surveillance along Pennsylvania Ave fence line at White House – site of fence jumping.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) September 20, 2014

Further, USSS Dir Julia Pierson orders immediate comprehensive review of fence jumping incident by Office of Professional Responsibility.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) September 20, 2014

USSS statement says incident review began last night with site inspection and personnel interviews.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) September 20, 2014

Statement says Secret Service will evaluate "all operational policies and security procedures" during the review process.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) September 20, 2014

WH spksmn says Pres Obama "has full confidence in the Secret Service and is grateful" to those who protect him & his family day in and out.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) September 20, 2014

But “full confidence” is the standard line, as evidenced by similar statements released after other incidents regarding the Secret Service. From March 2014:

Carney: Obama has full confidence in Secret Service

— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) March 31, 2014

And April 2012:

Full confidence expressed in Secret Service director

— Fusion (@ThisIsFusion) April 26, 2012

And April 2009:

The Secret Service has "The full confidence of the president of United States." Spokesman Nick Shapiro

— West Wing Reports (@WestWingReport) November 28, 2009

Exit question: The president has “full confidence” in the Secret Service, but should he?