• Trump: Obama Won’t Provide Secret Service Protection ‘Because I’m Republican, They Don’t Give a Sh*t’

    Donald Trump said Tuesday that he is not provided with the Secret Service because he is a Republican.

    The Republican presidential front-runner, during an interview with The Hill, called attention to how Barack Obama had Secret Service when he was an Illinois senator and presidential candidate eight years ago, but he does not.

    From The Hill:

     “I want to put them on notice because they should have a liability,” he 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.”

    Obama was given Secret Service protection on May 3, 2007. At the time, law enforcement officials acknowledged it was unusually early in the presidential cycle to grant a presidential candidate protection, but also said it was not based on specific threats.

    Pressed on details, Trump asked one of his private security officers to describe the discussions the Secret Service has had with his campaign. The talks were described as preliminary, and the Trump camp says the Secret Service had not provided a definitive answer on when — or if — the billionaire businessman will receive government protection.

    “They’re in no rush because I’m a Republican. They don’t give a shit,” Trump said jokingly.

    It was an off-the-cuff remark he later clarified.

    “Of course I don’t think they’d want anything to happen. But I would think they should be very proactive and want protection for somebody like me that has 20,000 people at any time,” Trump said. “You would think that they would want to be very proactive, but we have not heard from them.”

    A spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security said it had not received an official request for protection.


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