“Asian 007” by Joe Biden’s side is popular!
“Look, Biden is standing next to an Asian face!”
At the inauguration of the new US President Joe Biden on January 23, standing behind him, besides the “first lady” Jill, a man with an Asian face, wearing a black suit and staring at the president with a nervous expression, became the focus of media attention. People can not help but wonder, what is this person’s origin?
Men with Asian faces (circled in red) showed up at Biden’s inauguration.
Soon, the Washington Post revealed the mystery.
The “mystery man” turned out to be a Korean-American agent from the U.S. Secret Service (the full name is the Special Service) named David Cho. Since Biden’s first name is Joe, South Korean netizens even joked, “‘ Cho ‘ ‘Joe’, stupid to tell the difference (Cho and Joe are pronounced similarly in Korean)!”
Don’t look at Zhao David long a pair of ordinary strange face, it is the role of personal ruthless words not much. After all, as the only Secret Service agent to remain with Biden from Trump’s security team, he did so not just because he played the meme, but because he did it.
David Chao (left) and Joe Biden (right).
Secret Service veterans of both Koreas
Normally, the president’s security is handled by the Secret Service, whose director is appointed directly by the president. When the occupant of the White House changes, the Secret Service changes personnel accordingly.
Mr. Trump, second from left, and his agents.
In early January, a large number of protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol, sparking riots. On January 13, the U.S. Secret Service secured President-elect Joe Biden as required. In a statement, Secret Service Director James Murray urged all Secret Service staff to “maintain professional and partisan neutrality in the face of numerous false rumors surrounding the presidential transition.”
Out of concern for his own security, Biden even changed and adjusted the Secret Service staff before taking office.
Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported that Biden had appointed a new security team before taking office.
The previous presidential security team was almost entirely replaced, with the exception of David Cho. He returned from his mission to protect former President Donald Trump and stood next to new President Joe Biden.
Due to the particularity of Zhao’s work, his personal information on the Internet exposure rate is not high, but given his Korean background, the Global People reporter or from the South Korean media reports, excavated some information.
David Zhao immigrated to the United States with his family when he was very young. He joined the Secret Service in 1995 and has been an agent for more than 25 years.
During the Trump administration, Cho has been the number two in the president’s security team and has played a key role in the Secret Service.
On a day-to-day basis, he is responsible for coordinating the president’s security and sometimes carries out duties. He has been photographed with Mr Trump several times before.
David Chao (far left) has been photographed several times with Donald Trump (far right).
Cho was responsible for organizing security for the two US-North Korea summits in Singapore and Vietnam in 2019. For his work on this mission, he received a Gold Medal for Special Service from the Department of Homeland Security.
David Zhao (center) won the prize.
“Cho was directly involved in high-level negotiations with North Korea and was in charge of all security details for the presidential visit,” the DHS website said in a commendation. Thanks to their tireless efforts, the agents were able to complete their mission successfully.
The Washington Post described Chao as a “perfectionist.” The Atlantic magazine also described Cho as a highly regarded special agent within the Secret Service.
David Zhao (center) on duty, not far from former first lady Melania Trump.
A man on Twitter claiming to be the deputy director of the Secret Service said he had worked for David Cho and that he was proud of him as a very serious, dedicated and conscientious person.
When Biden took office, he quickly promoted Cho to head of the president’s security team, with full responsibility for his own security. Standing behind Biden at the inauguration was David Chao. After the ceremony ended a short parade, Biden was closely followed by David Chao.
Biden marched briefly after the inauguration, with David Chao (left) following closely behind him.
In addition to Cho, a Korean-American female spy served as Biden’s wife Jill’s bodyguard.
According to South Korean media, the agent, Gina Lee, was born in South Korea, grew up in Long Island, New York, and graduated from Boston University. During the Obama administration, Regina worked for a time in the White House legal and personnel staff. She also oversaw security for Vice President Harry Harris during his campaign last year.
Some US media pointed out that Asian faces around a new president always attract attention, and the presence of David Chao has made Biden more popular among Asian Americans, and people will praise the administration’s tolerance of “diversity”.
“Human Shield” at a Critical Moment
Most people have a movie image of the Secret Service around the president, dressed in suits and sunglasses, with unshapely hair and grim faces, circling the president like shadows, constantly pressing their hands on headphones and whispering into a microphone at the collar.
Before the 20th century, there was no official bodyguard for the president, and the Secret Service had little to do with protecting the president. In 1865, the U.S. Secret Service was established as part of the U.S. Treasury Department to investigate counterfeit money in the market.
In 1901, President William McKinley was assassinated in Buffalo, New York, and presidential security became a major concern. Against this historical backdrop, Congress proposed putting the Secret Service in charge of the president’s security, both because the Secret Service is staffed by highly skilled and efficient agents and because it is located close to the White House so that agents can be deployed when ordered.
After the September 11 terrorist attacks, the U.S. government focused on domestic security, and the Secret Service was merged into the newly formed Department of Homeland Security in 2003.
Since then, agents have been responsible for protecting the president, vice president, former president and their spouses. In addition, agents protect foreign heads of state and their spouses visiting the United States, government officials, and special persons designated by the Department of Homeland Security. In addition to its protection mission, the Secret Service investigates people and incidents that threaten the president’s security.
Secret Service members on duty.
Seems mysterious in everyday secret service, its recruitment method is very transparent however. Recruitment information can be found by simply calling the Secret Service’s special recruitment phone number or going to the relevant website.
First, applicants must be U.S. citizens between the ages of 21 and 37, have a bachelor’s degree or higher, and have criminal investigation experience or more than three years of experience with other law enforcement agencies are bonus points. After registration, apply for personnel to accept the drug inspection, medical inspection, and high strength psychological test, and the agent training schools accept 20 weeks of rigorous training, including energy, water survival, scene control, special driving, David, shooting, defensive strategy, method of protection, emergency medical, criminal law and psychology, etc. Through the above assessment, you can become an agent, with a certificate on the guard.
The average agent, according to media reports, earns about $160,000 to $170,000 a year, plus paid leave.