The Secret Service responded on Sunday to President Trump’s personal lawyer Jay Sekulow’s claim that Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump pens op-ed on kindergartners learning tech Bharara, Yates tamp down expectations Mueller will bring criminal charges Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax security employee left after breach | Lawmakers float bill to reform warrantless surveillance | Intel leaders keeping collusion probe open MORE Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer during the campaign would not have happened if the Secret Service had considered it “nefarious.”

“If this was nefarious, why'd the Secret Service allow these people in?” Sekulow asked on ABC’s “This Week.”

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"The president had Secret Service protection at that point," he said. "That raised a question with me.”

However, that protection did not extend to Trump Jr. at the time, according to the Secret Service.

"Donald Trump, Jr. was not a protectee of the USSS in June, 2016. Thus we would not have screened anyone he was meeting with at that time,” Secret Service spokesman Mason Brayman said in a statement to Reuters on Sunday.

The Secret Service is authorized to protect immediate family members of the president, vice president, the president-elect, the vice president-elect, as well as other individuals in the presidential line of succession, according to the Secret Service’s website.

They are also authorized to protect major presidential and vice presidential candidates and their spouses within 120 days of a general election, according to the website.

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