WASHINGTON – Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and Republican presidential hopeful, Nikki Haley, has requested Secret Service protection due to an increase in threats as she challenges former President Donald Trump for the GOP nomination.
Haley expressed concern about the multiple issues her campaign has faced, but emphasized that it will not deter her from fulfilling her duties as a candidate. The Homeland Security Department, the agency responsible for handling her request, has been contacted for comment by CBS News.
At her campaign events in South Carolina, Haley is already accompanied by personal security, with local law enforcement also present. However, the heightened security is a departure from the norm for her campaign stops in Iowa and New Hampshire leading up to those nomination contests. Last week, she acknowledged the reality of threats in public life and indicated that her campaign is increasing security measures.
The decision to request Secret Service protection comes after Haley was the target of a swatting attempt at her parents’ residence. She described the situation as dangerous and chaotic, indicating the turmoil surrounding the country. Independently, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. expressed his concerns for Haley’s safety, citing his own unsuccessful attempts to obtain similar protection.
Given the heightened security concerns surrounding her campaign, Haley’s request for Secret Service protection brings attention to the potential risks that presidential candidates face, further emphasizing the need for enhanced security measures in the current political climate.