Secret Service "Holds More Than One Conversation" With Trump About His Second Amendment Remark

Update: according to Reuters, none of what CNN reported actually happened:

A federal official on Wednesday said the U.S. Secret Service had not formally spoken with Republican Donald Trump's presidential campaign regarding his suggestion a day earlier that gun rights activists could stop Democratic rival Hillary Clinton from curtailing their access to firearms.

 

Following Trump's comment at a rally on Tuesday in which he suggested that gun rights activists could stop Clinton from appointing liberal anti-gun justices to the U.S. Supreme Court, a federal official familiar with the matter told Reuters that there had been no formal conversations between the Secret Service and the Trump campaign.

 

Earlier CNN had reported that there had been multiple conversations between the campaign and the agency.

Hardly surprising.

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Hillary Clinton's campaign responded to criticism that she did not reject the support of Seddique Mateen, the father of Orlando shooter Omar Mateen, who made headlines earlier this week when he was seen sitting in the crowd at a Clinton rally in Kissimmee, Florida.

Mateen was spotted at a Clinton campaign rally in Kissimmee, Fla., on Monday, and he told a local TV station that the Democratic presidential nominee would be "good for the United States." Images of the man standing in a collared shirt and wearing a baseball cap in the crowd behind Clinton as she spoke quickly circulated around social media on Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, Donald Trump called on Clinton to denounce his presence at the campaign stop. "She did not disavow," Trump told Fox News's Sean Hannity. "If that were me, this would be a headline all over the world about Trump. But she did not, as I understand it, disavow this man. He's got some pretty harsh views."


Clinton's campaign representative responded hours later, saying, "She disagrees with his views and disavows his support."  Clinton had previously put out a statement calling the rally an "open-door event for the public," and adding that, "This individual wasn't invited as a guest and the campaign was unaware of his attendance until after the event."

Seddique Mateen's controversial views on Afghan politics and homosexuality were made public in the aftermath of the June massacre at Pulse nightclub, in which 49 people were killed.

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It was not immediately clear which part of his "support" Hillary disagreed with, considering his uniformly fawning admiration for the presidential candidate, saying that "Hillary Clinton is good for United States versus Donald Trump, who has no solutions."

 

And in other news, during a live speech in Des Moines, Iowa, Hillary commented on Trump's "2nd ammendment" comment, saying she criticized his "casual inciting of violence", adding that his statement demonstrates "he does not have the temperament to be president."

 

She continued: "Words matter, my friends. And if you are running to be president or you are president of the United States, words can have tremendous consequences."

"Yesterday we witnessed the latest in the long line of casual comments from Donald Trump that cross the line. His casual cruelty to a Gold Star family, his casual suggestion that more countries should have nuclear weapons. And now his casual inciting of violence," the Democratic presidential nominee said. "Every single one of these incidents shows us that Donald Trump simply does not have the temperament to be president and commander in chief.”

Fair enough: while Trump's words certainly do show that he may be a loose cannon and not the best suited candidate for the job, how about Hillary's actions, many of which would have sent mere mortal to prison many times over?

Meanwhile, Trump, who is giving a live speech in Virginia himself, will surely find it hard to resist responding, and will do so shortly in a way that only he can, promptly reseting the Trump-focused news cycle once again.

She wasn't the only one to comment on Trump's statement. According to CNN,  After cryptically tweeting on the subject yesterday...

... The Secret Service has spoken to Donald Trump’s campaign about the candidate’s remark that gun owners might take action against Hillary Clinton, according to CNN.  The agency has had “more than one conversation” with Trump aides about his rhetoric, the network reported Wednesday. 

Trump aides reportedly told the Secret Service that the GOP nominee did not intend to incite violence. The conversation is an unprecedented step for the agency to take with one of its own protectees.

It came after several Democrats called on the Secret Service to investigate Trump for the eyebrow-raising comments, which many interpreted as a veiled threat against Clinton’s life.  

As some commentators have mused, this may be the first time in history when the secret service is asked (or tasked) to protect one of its wards from the other.

Finally, we should note that moments ago, Trump himself denied the CNN report: