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Dayton mayor provided security detail after Trump comments

Cornelius Frolik, Dayton Daily News on

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DAYTON, Ohio -- Following a public spat with President Donald Trump, Nan Whaley was assigned a security detail for just the third time while serving as Dayton's mayor.

A two-person team of police detectives watched over the mayor around the clock for six days after she received angry and abusive phone calls and messages via email and social media.

The mayor's security since then has been scaled back, but officials declined to provide exact details.

"We cannot reveal what type of security has been or will be provided," a police spokesman said.

Whaley said she's received threats in the past over her support of gay marriage and refugee-friendly policies, which resulted in her being assigned police escorts temporarily or for certain public appearances.

But her comments about Trump drew the ire of his supporters.


If it were up to her, Whaley said she wouldn't ever have a security detail but she doesn't make that call.

"This is the most extensive security I've ever had," she said. "They are here for my safety, and if they think it's important, than I think it's important."

On Aug. 7, Whaley, Trump and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, visited shooting victims, survivors and first responders at Miami Valley Hospital.

Whaley and Brown held a news conference afterward where both said they urged the president to support and sign legislation in the Senate requiring background checks on gun purchases and other reforms.


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