Dozens of world leaders gathered in Paris on Sunday for an anti-terrorism rally, but President Obama was not among them.

Obama has been criticized by many for not attending the event or sending a high-level member of his administration in his place.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest acknowledged on Monday "we should have sent someone with a higher profile to be there," but he also claimed that security concerns were the main reason why the president skipped the rally.


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On "America's Newsroom" today, former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino said those comments are beyond disingenuous and this is yet another instance of the Secret Service being thrown under the bus.

Bongino contended that agents could have made it safe for the president and the security concerns are being used as an "excuse."

"If the president wants to go, the president's going to go," Bongino said. "No one's going to stop the president of the United States from going where he wants to go. That's just nonsense. Blaming the Secret Service is terrible."


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Bongino also stood by comments he made yesterday that there is a cult of personality around Obama and no one wants to tell the boss, "No."

"I think he wanted to watch football. And that was it. He was going to watch football," Bongino said.

"He doesn't have that adult to come into the room and say to him, 'Listen, you need to go to this or you need to get someone off their butt and to head over there.'"

"The political damage from this, I think, is going to be pretty substantial."

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