SPARTABURG, SC – Nikki Haley’s A spokeswoman for the former UN ambassador confirmed to NBC News on Monday that the presidential campaign has requested a protective detail from the US Secret Service.
In an interview, Haley referred to “many issues” related to the threats The Wall Street Journalfirst reported on his application for Secret Service protection.
The Secret Service did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday night.
Former President Donald Trump’s only primary challenger, the GOP presidential candidate has recently become a target. two flutters events a few days apart. Swatting involves making a false report of a crime to draw the police to a specific location – in Haley’s case, his home on Kiawah Island in South Carolina.
On Dec. 30 and Jan. 1, police responded to reports of gun violence and threats of self-harm, which led them to Haley’s home, where the babysitter was with Haley’s parents. Haley was not at home during both incidents.
Secretary of Homeland Security competent to identify “primary presidential and vice presidential candidates” who may have Secret Service protection by law.
In making the decision, the secretary may consider factors such as threats against the candidate, voting statistics, and whether the candidate is actually the candidate of the major party. Secret Service website.
As a former president, Trump has Secret Service protection.
Haley, the former governor of South Carolina, discussed receiving the threats with reporters on Friday, saying it was “just a reality.”
“Part of running for a public life is that you’re going to fight the threats that are out there. That’s not going to deter me,” he said. “Does that mean we have to put a few more bodies around? Yeah, fine. But at the end of the day, we’re going to go out there and touch every hand.”
It has been targeted by numerous politicians and government officials traumatic eventsIncluding members of Congress, local officials and people involved in Trump-related lawsuits. US Capitol Police recently said they were investigating further 8000 threats against members of Congress last year.
Ali Vitali and Alex Rhoades reported from Spartanburg, and Megan Lebovitz reported from Washington.