Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley requested the protection of the Secret Servicethe body of agents that ensures the security of American political leaders, due to threats that he is receiving in the race for the White House.
Haley is now the only one with real chances of challenging Donald TrumpCNN reported.
In recent months, the former United States ambassador to the UN had been the victim of two episodes of 'swatting', that is, false telephone alarms due to non-existent accidents at home that caused the intervention of elite police units.
The White House candidate told the Wall Street Journal that additional security was needed due to “multiple problems.”
“That's not going to stop me from doing what I have to do,” Haley said. Photo: AP
“That won't stop me from doing what I have to do,” he said daily.
Trump has urged Haley, who trails Trump in opinion polls, to leave the race and unify the party against Democrat Joe Biden.
Haley, former UN ambassador and governor of South Carolina, currently use personal security during his campaign. The local police are also present at the events.
“When you do something like this, you get threats,” he told reporters in South Carolina last week.
“It's just reality.”.
“That's not going to deter me,” he said.
“Does that mean we have to put a few more bodies around this? Yeah, okay.”
Former ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images/AFP
Any decision to provide him with a Secret Service security team would be made by the US Secretary of Homeland Security, who I would first consult with a joint congressional committee.
Haley's home was recently the target of a 'swatting' hoax, in which someone places a call to emergency services trying to trigger a response from a heavily armed police squad. She said she was not home at the time, but that her elderly parents were there with a caregiver.
Protesters have shown up at Haley's campaign events to criticize his support for Israel and Ukraine.
When does the Secret Service provide security?
Secret Service Protection awarded to “important” candidates under federal law, generally when they seem certain to become their party's candidate.
As former president of the United States, Trump receives lifetime protection from the Secret Service.
Independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has repeatedly called for Secret Service protection, but said he They denied it.
His uncle, President John F. Kennedy, and his father, Senator Robert Kennedy, were assassinated while in office.
Barack Obama received protection from the Secret Service in May 2007, unusually early in that election cycle, amid security concerns while campaigning for seclusionr the nation's first black president.
With information from agencies