Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump may be the race's only billionaire, but that hasn't stopped him from making this specific request of outgoing President Obama.
In an interview with The Hill on Tuesday, the real estate magnate suggested that the Secret Service should start providing him with protection because of the large crowds at his campaign events. Trump blamed partisan politics for stopping Obama from fulfilling his request.
“I want to put them on notice because they should have a liability. Personally, I think if Obama were doing as well as me he would’ve had Secret Service [earlier]. I have by far the biggest crowds.”
Trump added that his campaign has engaged in preliminary talks with the Secret Service in recent weeks. So far, the government has not provided a definitive answer on if or when the Republican presidential candidate would receive government protection:
"They’re in no rush because I’m a Republican. They don’t give a sh*t.
Of course I don’t think they’d want anything to happen. But I would think they should be very proactive and want protection for somebody like me that has 20,000 people at any time. You would think that they would want to be very proactive, but we have not heard from them.”
A spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the Secret Service, paints a different picture, telling The Hill that it has yet to receive an official request for protection from Trump's campaign.
If the Homeland Security receives a request, the decision to provide protection would be made after a consultation with an advisory committee that includes House and Senate leaders from both parties.
The billionaire businessman is said to have alerted the FBI and beefed up his private security after Mexican drug cartel kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, who escaped from prison earlier this year, allegedly slandered him on Twitter in July.
“Keep f–king around and I’m gonna make you swallow your whore words you f–king whitey milks–tter. I’m better than them."
Many of the Spanish-language tweets insult Trump:
Prior to the 2008 cycle, presidential candidates generally did not receive Secret Service protection until it was clear they were going to become their party's nominee.
The agency broke from that protocol in May 2007, however, when it granted protection to then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama.
It should be noted that Obama's primary rival for the nomination, then-New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, also had Secret Service protection throughout her campaign. That protection, which she still receives today, comes as a result of being a former First Lady.
In addition, 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney received Secret Service protection in January of that year, long before he had the nomination locked up.