The two Republican presidential candidates are to be given a 24-hour protection by the Secret Service.
The Secret Service sent letters Monday to congressional leaders, who
must sign off on the proposal, Fox reported.
An aide to Carson met with the agency’s Dignitary Protection Division to request protection amid growing threats, the network reported, citing a source familiar with the conversation. The source said a Trump representative met with the Secret Service on Friday.
The Department of Homeland Security states that no final decison has been made, but the requests would likely be approved.
Last week, Trump told The Hill that he should have a detail because of his popularity. He made note of President Obama’s detail in May 2007, the earliest of any presidential candidate because of threats.
“I want to put them on notice because they should have a liability,” Trump said. “Personally, I think if Obama were doing as well as me he would’ve had Secret Service (earlier). I have by far the biggest crowds.”
Currently, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton receives
Secret Service protection as a former first lady. Governors who are
running for president receive protection from state law enforcement
agencies. Major presidential candidates receive Secret Service protection later in the race, though some might qualify earlier.
Source : OnPolitics