RNC Slams Secret Service for Security Flaw Ahead of Convention

The GOP has renewed its opposition to the Secret Service’s plan to designate a specific area as a protest zone at the July GOP convention in Milwaukee.

A letter was sent by Republican National Committee attorney Todd Steggerda to Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle, expressing worries about the growing possibility of violence during the conference. Additionally, Steggerda blasted the Secret Service for failing to do enough to allay fears that protests might threaten guests.

Steggerda pleaded with Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle to deal with and lessen the dangers outlined in the letter.

A member of the Republican National Committee has contacted the chief of the Secret Service to reiterate their previous request that she resolve a security plan problem as soon as possible. They want things fixed quickly because they are unhappy with how close the protest area is to Fiserv Forum, where the conference is being held.

The Republican National Committee has written to the Secret Service three times now. 

To address public safety and national security concerns, Republican leaders have proposed a little change to the demonstration site, which would still allow for peaceful assembly and protest close to the convention.

The Secret Service spokeswoman insists that the security plan is strong despite Republicans voicing dissatisfaction. A representative for the Secret Service has clarified that the location of the protest zone is under the purview of the city of Milwaukee and not the Secret Service.

Anthony Guglielmi, the Secret Service’s Chief of Communications, trusts the security strategy being constructed. To guarantee the event’s safety, he underlined the agency’s commitment to working with partners at the federal, state, and municipal levels.

The RNC, he said, is the one putting security at risk.

There was supposed to be a meeting between RNC and Secret Service officials on Thursday.

Party leaders on the Democratic side are getting ready for possible protests at their convention in Chicago in August. Many left-leaning protestors in the US have demonstrated in support of Gaza since the conflict in the Middle East broke out in October. College campuses have often been the sites of these demonstrations. At Columbia University, for example, police detained more than 300 protesters during a campus rally.