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Trump Jr. and Kellyanne Conway Ditch Protection of Secret Service

Amid reports of a Secret Service strapped for resources, the president’s son and one of his top advisers decided to forego the agents’s protection.

Donald Trump Jr., seeking more privacy, overruled a convention that Secret Service agents gave around-the-clock protection to members of the president’s immediate family.

Additionally, President Donald Trump initially gave Kellyanne Conway, a senior White House adviser, protection in response to threats to her life at the beginning of his presidency. But, according to The New York Times, Conway abandoned those protections after the Secret Service changed its assessment of threats against her.

Fox News confirmed that Trump Jr.’s wife, Vanessa Trump, would also lose her protection. Citing safety concerns, Catherine Milhoan, a spokeswoman for the Secret Service, declined to confirm whether Trump’s associates would continue receiving protection.

“To ensure the safety and security of our protectees and their families, we will not confirm who is currently receiving Secret Service protection,” Milhoan reportedly said.

The Secret Service will continue to protect Trump’s other children and grandchildren, however, along with Trump Tower and other top aides.

Watchdog groups reportedly criticized Trump family members, like Trump Jr., for extracting costly protection from the Secret Service who had to follow them on their various trips. The Secret Service, as the Times noted, already surpassed its limit in overtime pay by having agents work several extra hours.