White House press secretary Sarah Sanders is expected to receive Secret Service protection as soon as Wednesday, two sources familiar with the decision tell CNN, but they did not specify how long it will last.
The Secret Service declined to comment, telling CNN: “For operational security purposes the Secret Service does not comment on its protective operations.”
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is reportedly set to receive additional security at her home on a temporary basis.
NBC News, citing a law enforcement official, first reported Tuesday evening that the Secret Service would provide additional security for the high-profile Trump administration official.
The Secret Service declined to comment to The Hill on the matter.
NEW: The Secret Service will begin providing security at the home of Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, on a temporary basis, a law enforcement official tells @PeteWilliamsNBC
— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) June 26, 2018
Sanders has been at the center of a fresh debate over civility in politics after she was refused service at a Virginia restaurant over the weekend.
The co-owner of The Red Hen in Lexington, Va., told The Washington Post that she asked Sanders to leave because of the White House official’s support for President Trump’s policies.
Sanders first addressed the incident through her government Twitter account over the weekend before elaborating on the situation during Monday’s press briefing.
“We are allowed to disagree but we should be able to do so freely and without fear of harm,” she said. “And this goes for all people regardless of politics.”
Sanders was denied service at the Virginia restaurant after a pair of other Trump administration officials — White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen — were confronted by protesters in separate instances last week while they dined at Mexican restaurants.