Both Donald Trump and Ben Carson have requested Secret Service protection, and both have not been approved… at least for now.
“A note from the Trump campaign came into the Secret Service,” a senior Department of Homeland Security official told The Daily Beast. Trump felt that he needed protection and submitted a request. “That now is also in the review process.”
In order for Trump to receive protection, he must meet a “certain criteria,” which is being determined and delayed by the Secret Service.
The criteria that each candidate must meet are as follows:
- Be publicly announced
- Have some degree of prominence as shown by opinion polls
- Be actively campaigning and entered in at least 10 state primaries
- Be seeking the nomination of a qualified party
- Have qualified for matching funds in the amount of at least $100,000
- Have received contributions totaling $10 million
Of course, Trump has not received contributions totaling $10 million, because he is funding his own campaign.
As the only African-American candidate of either party, and polling second in the GOP primaries, Carson wanted protection for his life. “That’s under review,” said the official.
Presently, neither candidate has been approved to receive security, however, Hillary Clinton already has Secret Service protection.