Where's My Secret Service Detail? Donald Trump Points To Huge Crowds And Wonders Why The Agency Isn't Protecting Him
He's topping the polls and attracting large crowds, so billionaire businessman Donald Trump is wondering where his Secret Service detail is.
'I want to put them on notice because they should have a liability,' Trump said in a recent interview with the Hill newspaper. '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.'
President Barack Obama, when first running in 2007, had a Secret Service detail unusually early, announcing on February 10 and receiving protection by May 3 of that year, which is fewer than three months into campaigning.
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With his large crowds, Donald Trump is wondering whether he should be getting Secret Service protection this early in the campaign, thought the Department of Homeland Security says there has been no official request
'I have by far the biggest crowds,' GOP frontrunner Donald Trump has said, making his case for getting Secret Service protection
Trump, on the other hand, announced his presidential bid on June 16 and has already been running for nearly four months.
But when the Hill checked in with the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the Secret Service, an agency spokeswoman said the Trump campaign didn't file an official request for protection.
During the interview, Trump asked one of his private security officers to describe the conversations his security team had with the Secret Service, which were described as 'preliminary.'
'They're in no rush, because I'm a Republican,' Trump said. 'They don't give a shit.'
He later clarified to note that he was joking.
'Of course I don't think they'd want anything to happen,' Trump said. 'But I would think they should be very proactive and want protection for somebody like me that has 20,000 people at any time.'
According to the DHS spokeswoman, the process begins with a request from the campaign, which then needs to be approved by a Congressional advisory committee, before a detail is assigned
In discussing his security situation with the Hill newspaper, Donald Trump did't mention a specific threat - though people have certainly protested the GOP frontrunner
In 2007, this committee approved agents for Obama, while candidate Hillary Clinton already received protection as a former first lady.
'[Obama] aides said the guards, some of whom were former federal agents, were in response to the large crowds and the historic nature of his candidacy, which, if successful, would make him the first black president,' the New York Times explained. 'The aides have declined to discuss whether Mr. Obama has received specific threats.'
The Times story also notes that most candidates opt not to have a Secret Service detail until the very last minute 'saying it restricts movement and prevents them from campaigning directly with people.'
Thus far, Trump has used private security officers and already beefed up protection once, according to the Hill.
Trump thought a tweet coming from a Twitter account thought to belong to Mexican drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman in July was threatening the billionaire, so he contacted the FBI.
'You would think that they would want to be very proactive, but we have not heard from them,' Trump said of the Secret Service.