Nikki Haley, the Indian-American Republican Presidential candidate, who stands as the sole challenger against former US President Donald Trump, has formally requested Secret Service protection due to "multiple issues," as reported by the BBC. Haley, the former South Carolina Governor and United Nations ambassador, discussed this request for protection in an interview with The Wall Street Journal on Monday.
"We've encountered multiple issues. However, it won't deter me from fulfilling my responsibilities," she stated after a campaign event in Aiken, South Carolina.
Haley acknowledged the reality of facing threats when undertaking such endeavors, stating, "When you're in this position, threats are inevitable. However, they won't deter me. If it means bolstering security measures, then so be it."
Despite calls from former President Trump and his supporters to withdraw from the race and unify the party against Democrat Joe Biden, Haley continues to use personal security while campaigning.
Additionally, protesters have appeared at her campaign events, criticizing her support for Israel and Ukraine.
"We're committed to engaging with every individual, addressing every concern, and ensuring we fulfill our responsibilities," Haley affirmed.
Haley has been targeted by "swatting" attempts, including a recent incident on New Year's Day when a hoax call was made to law enforcement agencies, falsely claiming Haley's daughter had been shot. Another incident occurred when her Kiawah Island residence was targeted with a false report of a shooting.
Secret Service protection is typically granted to "major" candidates under federal law, especially when they are deemed likely to become their party's nominee.
Although Trump, enjoying a significant lead over Haley in the polls, receives Secret Service protection for life, a decision regarding Haley's request would involve consultation with the US Secretary of Homeland Security and a Joint Congressional Committee.
Despite trailing behind Trump in the primaries held thus far, Haley raised an impressive $16.5 million in January alone. The upcoming major primary in her home state of South Carolina is scheduled for later this month.
(With Agency Inputs)