Cowger Nation has been accused of inaccuracy, so I would just like to clear a few things up.
We recently published an article titled, “Secret Service will not give Donald Trump protection… for now.” For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, “for now,” that means at this present time.
The Washington Post released an article yesterday, October 21, 2015, criticizing Fox News for a misleading headline posted on their website titled, “Secret Service protection activated for Trump, Carson.” The Fox News article, written by Ed Henry, was posted on October 19, 2015.
By activated, Henry meant that the review process had begun for Trump and Carson’s requests for Secret Service protection. The process has begun; they presently do not have it.
This is why it is important to read the articles and not just the headlines.
To clarify: Trump has not yet received protection, and Carson has not yet received protection, because their requests are still being reviewed. The requests for protection have been submitted, but they have not been authorized.
They were sent to a Congressional Advisory Committee, which determines if Trump and Carson meet the criteria. It then goes back to the Department of Homeland Security Secretary for confirmation.
It has not even been approved by the Congressional Advisory Committee yet, therefore, he doesn’t have Secret Service protection at this present time.
According to SecretService.gov, which is the Secret Service’s official website, it states the following:
Title 18 U.S.C.’ 3056(a)(7) authorizes the U.S. Secret Service to provide protection for major presidential and vice presidential candidates:
- Protection is authorized by the DHS Secretary after consultation with the Congressional Advisory Committee
- The Congressional Advisory Committee includes: Speaker of the House, House Minority Leader, Senate Majority Leader, Senate Minority Leader, and one additional member selected by the others
Criteria have been established to assist the DHS Secretary and the advisory committee in their decision making (as of 2008). Candidates must:
- Be publically 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
Trump has not received contributions totaling to at least $10 million, because he is personally funding his campaign. He has only raised a little over $3.9 million. This could be used to deny Trump’s request that has not been verified yet.
For our regular readers, please forgive the redundancy in our article, but we take claims of inaccuracy very seriously.