Tom Arnold Responds to That Secret Service Visit Over His Tweets

"The Secret Service takes all threats and/or unusual direction of interest toward our protectees seriously," the agency said.

Tom Arnold on Monday issued a statement in which he thanked the hard work and dedication of the Secret Service after he was apparently paid a visit last month over some of his tweets concerning President Donald Trump. 

"I heard your message loud and clear," Arnold said in a statement posted to Twitter. "Words matter." 

The comic and actor taped his conversation with the agents, who it seems paid him a visit for some of his more volatile tweets about Trump. Arnold is an outspoken critic of the president and recently starred in a Viceland series called The Hunt for the Trump Tapes.

Arnold recorded the conversation between himself and agents, which took place in his living room. He released the tape to Mother Jones, which posted a portion of the conversation. 

In the video, one of the agents explains that previous attempts on a president's life were motivated by someone else. Arnold told the agents he understood what they were saying in the video and he reiterated that in his Monday statement. 

"Tone matters," he said. "Words can incite violence." 

In the same breath, he turned his attention back on the president. "I'm sorry Donald Trump hasn't listened to you all the times you have had this exact conversation with him. I am sorry Trump and his White House say things that they know could incite violence on the media and US citizens almost daily."

In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, the federal agency said, "The Secret Service does not confirm or comment on the absence or existence of specific investigations. We can say, however, the Secret Service takes all threats and/or unusual direction of interest toward our protectees seriously.”

Nov. 26, 1:50 p.m. Updated with comment from the Secret Service.