Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump, explained in an interview Monday that she now has Secret Service protection after receiving suspicious packages at her house, which Conway blamed the media for.
Speaking with Fox News host Sean Hannity, Conway continued to hammer the media over what the Trump administration says is “dishonest” reporting. She was referencing a White House pool reporter who mistakenly reported last Friday that Trump removed the bust of Martin Luther King Jr. from the Oval Office.
That turned out to be not true, and the print reporter apologized for his error. But Conway said it’s media incidents like those that have made her — not just her boss — a target of people who want to do the Trump administration harm.
“I don’t want to say [the reporter’s name] publicly because I don’t want him to get attacked like I do,” Conway explained.
“Because of what the press is doing to me I now have Secret Service protection, we have packages delivered to my house with white substances,” she added. “That is a shame."
Conway did not elaborate on whether or not she was the only senior member of Trump’s team to receive Secret Service protection.
Typically, Secret Service protection is reserved for the president, vice president, president-elect, vice-president elect — and the spouse and young children of each one — foreign dignitaries, U.S. diplomats traveling overseas, and only a handful of other top U.S. officials like Cabinet members in the top order of presidential succession.
“Major” presidential candidates are also given Secret Service protection after Robert Kennedy was assassinated in 1968 while running for the Democratic primary. Major candidates are protected in order to protect the integrity of the American democratic system.
In addition, congressional leadership — speaker of the house, majority and minority leaders, majority and minority whips — receive full protection from the Capitol Police.
However, presidential senior advisers receiving the protection is very rare, but not unheard of. Controversially, David Axelrod and Valarie Jarrett, top advisers to former President Barack Obama, had Secret Service protection while serving Obama. Reports indicate that Axelrod received his detail after police found that he was a potential target of the 2009 Holocaust Museum shooter, while it is unknown why Jarrett received protection.
Other than that, Karl Rove, top adviser to former President George W. Bush, received Secret Service protection for a few weeks following 9/11, only due to the heightened security risks immediately following the attacks.
Still, the only way a non-Secret Service designee, such as Conway, can receive protection is through presidential executive order. The Department of Homeland Security also has to authorize the move, according to federal law.
Watch Conway explain below:
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