Donald Trump Jr. just gave up his Secret Service protection, and people have questions

Both Trump Jr. and Kellyanne Conway will no longer receive protection, providing slight relief to the agency

Published September 19, 2017 1:38PM (EDT)

Donald Trump Jr. (AP/Kathy Willens)
Donald Trump Jr. (AP/Kathy Willens)

Both Donald Trump Jr., the president's eldest son, and Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump, will no longer continue to receive protection from the U.S. Secret Service.

Trump lives in New York City, where he serves as an executive at The Trump Organization, but in hopes of gaining more privacy, he gave up Secret Service protection, according to The New York Times. Whether or not his wife, Vanessa, and five children will continue to receive protection is unclear.

Conway has also given up protection, even though she was never originally covered by the statute, according to the Times. Her coverage was approved by President Donald Trump after she "received several threats in the administration’s early days," the Times reported. Since then however, the "threat assessment" has changed.

The two decisions are unrelated but also provide some relief to the agency that has struggled to keep up with the Trump family's expenses and travel as many agents have already reached their overtime caps for the year.

But it won't be a major relief because the president's "other children and grandchildren will continue to be covered by the agency, as will several of the president’s top aides," the Times reported. "So will Trump Tower, home to the Trump Organization, which has been designated as the president’s primary residence."

In the past, the president repeatedly bashed his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, for taking vacations and spending time on the golf course — two things Trump has done quite often since taking office. Critics have pointed out that taxpayers are unfairly footing a much more lucrative bill due to the Trump family's size and lifestyle.

By Charlie May

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