Threats to Republican front runners Dr. Ben Carson and Donald Trump have been so significant that the two candidates will now get protection from the Secret Service.
Secret Service to Protect Trump, Carson as Threats Grow
The Secret Service will give agent protection to Ben Carson and Donald Trump while heavily upgrading Hillary Clinton’s existing detail, a Washington source close to the agency’s plans confirmed to Newsmax.
The deployment of agents around Republican candidates Trump and Carson is set to begin as early as next week. Approximately two dozen agents will be assigned to each candidate.
Clinton, the Democratic front-runner, has had Secret Service protection since leaving the White House as first lady in 2001, but her detail will be heavily upgraded by the agency’s move.
The agency’s decision was primarily triggered by a significant number of threats to Carson, including death threats and terrorist chatter, the source said.
The threats to the retired pediatric neurosurgeon have been “off the charts,” the source said. Polls show Carson either tied with Trump for front-runner status or in second place…
Trump specifically requested Secret Service protection and made an excellent point about American politics in the process.
Unlike Carson, Republican front-runner Trump has officially requested Secret Service protection.
The billionaire noted that he has drawn “by far the biggest crowds” of any candidate at his events. He also said that President Barack Obama had received protection at this stage of his first campaign in 2008.
“I want to put them on notice because they should have a liability,” Trump told The Hill. “Personally, I think if Obama were doing as well as me he would’ve had Secret Service [earlier].”
Obama, who was an Illinois senator during the 2008 contest, received Secret Service protection on May 3, 2007, with law enforcement officials saying that the protection was not approved because of any specific threats.
In July, shortly after Trump criticized the Mexican government for the escape of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman from a maximum-security prison, a Twitter account linked to Guzman issued a threat against the billionaire: “Keep f–king around and I’m gonna make you swallow your whore words you f–king whitey milks–tter.”
Trump spoke to Greta Van Susteren about this on Friday. Topic comes up at the 2:20 mark:
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