WASHINGTON — Donald Trump wants Secret Service protection, and suggests he's not getting it for partisan reasons.

"They're in no rush because I'm a Republican. They don't give a s—," Trump told the Hill, in remarks he later explained were off the cuff.

"Of course I don't think they'd want anything to happen. But I would think they should be very proactive and want protection for somebody like me that has 20,000 people at any time," he said.

Trump currently employs his own security team, which has made news twice during the campaign: once for booting Univision anchor Jorge Ramos from a Trump press conference, and once for a scuffle with protesters outside Trump Tower.

Donald Trump greets supporters after a rally in Norcross, Georgia, on Oct. 10.Photo: REUTERS

Speaking of federal protection that the agency makes available to officeholders and presidential candidates when it's deemed necessary, Trump said: "You would think that they would want to be very proactive, but we have not heard from them. I want to put them on notice because they should have a liability."

The Secret Service provided protection for Barack Obama starting in May 2007.

"Personally, I think if Obama were doing as well as me he would've had Secret Service [earlier]. I have by far the biggest crowds," Trump said.

In July, Trump beefed up security after getting a threat that appeared to be from Mexican kingpin Joaquin Guzman, known as "El Chapo," after his escape from a Mexican prison.

"We have officials all over the place, including right outside hanging out in trees," Trump told reporters.