Sarah Sanders Will Now Get Secret Service Protection After Restaurant Kerfuffle: Report

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders will now be getting Secret Service protection, according to the NBC News reporter Pete Williams.


It's not clear if there are severe extenuating circumstances driving the decision, but the change comes after Sanders has been in the spotlight for being asked to leave a Virginia restaurant over the weekend. According to the restaurant owner's account, she calmly asked the press secretary to leave after her staff was uncomfortable with her being there. Her food, already ordered, was on the house.

On Tuesday, the Trump campaign sent a fundraising email portraying the administration officials as the victims of widespread harassment. 

Meanwhile, Trump continues to stoke ire against the press, calling them the "enemy of the people." During the campaign, he encouraged violence at his rallies and promised to pay the legal bills of anyone arrested for assaulting a protester.

The Secret Service is largely intended to protect the president, past presidents, presidential candidates, and their families. However, other administration officials, especially those believed to be under serious threat, are also sometimes afforded Secret Service details.

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

Close
alternet logo

Tough Times

Demand honest news. Help support AlterNet and our mission to keep you informed during this crisis.