Report: Campaigns For Trump, Carson Request Secret Service Protection

October 19, 2015 4:39 p.m.

The campaigns of Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson have requested Secret Service protection, NBC reported Monday.

“The Department of Homeland Security has now received official requests for Secret Service protection from both the Carson and Trump campaigns and has taken them under review pursuant to the statutorily required process,” Homeland Security’s Acting Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Todd Breasseale said in a statement, according to NBC.

Secret Service protection has to be approved by a congressional advisory committee which includes the House speaker, House Minority Leader, Senate Majority Leader and Senate Minority Leader, according to NBC.

Carson said Monday that he didn’t “feel the need for it” but that Secret Service thought he needed the additional protection, according to the report.

Trump said last week that his own Secret Service protection had not been approved because he’s a Republican and “they don’t give a shit.”

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