Carney: GOP seeks 'political advantage' from recent scandals

White House press secretary Jay Carney took aim at Republicans for trying to politicize the recent scandals — including the Secret Service incident — calling it "preposterous."

Carney said it's "ridiculous" for Republicans, including Sen. Jeff Sessions (Ala.) and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, to try to "trivialize" the apolitical nature of the Secret Service and the military.

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"Any assertion by these politicians that you mentioned should be ... valued at the cost that you paid for it," he said, adding that "it's preposterous to politicize" the incidents.

The comments from Carney come as some Republicans have wondered whether President Obama should have taken more of a leadership role on the episodes.

While Sessions didn't specifically attack Obama for his handling of the recent military scandal in Afghanistan — in which soldiers took pictures with the bodies of dead insurgents in Afghanistan — he said Obama should "end the abuse of taxpayer dollars" referencing the recent GSA and Secret Service episodes.

"I don't sense that this president has shown that kind of managerial leadership," Sessions said on Thursday.

In an interview on Fox News on Thursday, Palin said Obama, whom she called the "CEO of this operation called our federal government," should "start cracking down" on the agencies.

"The buck stops with the president," she said. "And he's really got to start cracking down and seeing some heads roll."


But Carney said the Republicans are attempting to turn the episodes to their "political advantage."

The White House spokesman reiterated on Friday that Obama continues to "have faith" in the Secret Service, on the heels of reports that 11 agents hired prostitutes and drank heavily in Colombia on assignment.

Secret Service agents, he added, have an "enormously difficult job."

"It involves putting your life on the line regularly, being willing to sacrifice yourself for the sake not just of an individual but for the trauma that any kind of harm that might come to a president would cause the nation," he said. "That's a huge responsibility."

This story was updated at 11:00 a.m. Saturday.