Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a Democratic presidential hopeful, reportedly claimed on Friday that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) turned down his request for Secret Service protection.
Within 120 days of a general presidential election, the Secret Service is permitted to protect significant presidential and vice presidential candidates as well as their wives.
Which candidates fall under that “major” category is decided by the secretary of homeland security in cooperation with a committee made up of House and Senate leadership.
“Since the assassination of my father in 1968, candidates for president are provided Secret Service protection. But not me. Typical turnaround time for pro forma protection requests from presidential candidates is 14-days. After 88-days of no response and after several follow-ups by our campaign, the Biden Administration just denied our request. Secretary Mayorkas: “I have determined that Secret Service protection for Robert F Kennedy Jr is not warranted at this time.” Our campaign’s request included a 67-page report from the world’s leading protection firm, detailing unique and well established security and safety risks aside from commonplace death threats.” Kennedy wrote on Social Media.
Kennedy is a contender in the 2024 election, which is more than 460 days away.
Kennedy, a longshot candidate who has encountered vehement Democratic opposition, said in his article that it took 88 days for the Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to decide that Kennedy didn’t require Secret Service protection.
Kennedy is the nephew of the deceased former president Kennedy and the son of the killed former attorney general Robert Kennedy, who died in 1968.