Trump Jr. declines further Secret Service protection: report

Donald Trump Jr. has reportedly given up his protection from the U.S. Secret Service because of privacy concerns.

A senior administration official told The New York Times that the Secret Service stopped protecting President TrumpDonald TrumpRealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Jake Ellzey defeats Trump-backed candidate in Texas House runoff DOJ declines to back Mo Brooks's defense against Swalwell's Capitol riot lawsuit MORE's oldest son last week.

The Secret Service declined to comment on its protection of Trump Jr.


“To ensure the safety and security of our protectees and their families, we will not confirm who is currently receiving Secret Service protection,” Secret Service spokeswoman Catherine Miller told the newspaper.

The agency provides mandatory protection to the president and vice president. It also provides protection to family members, including children and grandchildren, but those people can decline protection at any time, according to the Secret Service website.

The Times reports it is unclear if Trump Jr.’s family, including his wife and five children, will continue to be protected.

The Secret Service said last month it only had enough money to protect the president through September.

The president frequently travels to his properties in Florida, New Jersey and Virginia, and agents must protect more people than in previous administrations. Trump has 42 protectees, including 18 members of his family. There were 31 protectees under President Obama.

A thousand Secret Service agents had already hit their annual salary and overtime limits in August, according to USA Today, and more than $6.6 million in taxpayer money at the time had been spent on protecting Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida since he took office.