Donald Trump Jr. no longer wants Secret Service protection, sources confirmed on Monday. What hasn't been confirmed is why.
The Secret Service would not confirm or deny the request by Trump Jr. A spokesperson merely said:
"To ensure the safety and security of our protectees and their families we will not confirm who is currently receiving Secret Service protection."
Jonathan Wackrow, a former member of President Barack Obama’s detail, expressed his concern at the decision:
“In today’s global risk environment, waiving this detail poses great danger to him and to his family. What he is becoming potentially is a target of opportunity. People who want to lash out at the president are going to seek that path of least resistance. This decision is negligent.”
So, then, why did Don Jr. opt out of Secret Service protection?
So both Donald Trump Jr. and Kellyanne Conway eliminated their Secret Service protection today. Clearly they're paranoid about something.— Mustapha Itani (@mustaphahitani) September 19, 2017
BOTH Don Trump Jr & Kellyanne Conway shed their Secret Service details today, wanting more "privacy." Wonder what Russians they plan to meet— Cindy Lee RESIST (@malinablue) September 19, 2017
Kellyanne CONway & Don Jr. wanting to stop their Secret Service detail the same day Manafort's wiretaps were revealed isn't coincidental.— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) September 19, 2017
Breaking: Donald Trump Jr. stops using Secret Service. Agents are law enforcement and could be called to testify what they hear.— Pesach "Pace" Lattin (@pacelattin) September 19, 2017
It's amazing how fox news reports vs msm. Trump Jr drops secret service to save money vs he doesn't want govt seeing his meetings w/Russians— Atlanta Humanist (@AtlantaHumanist) September 19, 2017
I've been waiting for Trump Jr. to say he cut his Secret Service detail to save taxpayer money, so I could call Bullshit!— Dr. Benny BoomBots (@bobw6206) September 20, 2017
So, dibs on that!
While secret service protection for adult children of a president is automatically provided, they are legally allowed to turn down that protection, as Ron Reagan did during his father’s second term.