[Distractify] 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 protectors 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? Some pointed to the fact that both he and Kellyanne Conway announced they’d give up USSS protection on the same day.
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
The same day it was revealed that Paul Manafort had been wiretapped no less:\
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
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.