Trump and Carson Get Secret Service Protection Bernie Sanders to continue challenging all would-be assailants to dance-offs By Michael Harthorne, Newser Staff Posted Nov 5, 2015 2:21 PM CST 39 comments Comments Donald Trump and Ben Carson will be getting Secret Service protection. Though they should still be free to trade insults and side-eyes. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) (Newser) – In a move that will make things all the more interesting when the two inevitably come to blows during a televised debate, Donald Trump and Ben Carson are getting Secret Service protection, ABC News reports. The GOP presidential candidates were approved for protection Thursday by the secretary of Homeland Security after both requested it last month. According to Politico, the Secret Service will work with the Trump and Carson campaigns to figure out a start date for protection. ABC reports it's typical for frontrunner presidential candidates to get Secret Service protection around this time. According to CNN, Trump and Carson are the first 2016 candidates to receive it, though Hillary Clinton already has protection as a former first lady.