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Donald Trump, Jr., son of Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump, speaks during the second day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Tuesday, July 19, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Donald Trump Jr. reportedly gave up his Secret Service protection


President Trump’s eldest son has decided to stop receiving Secret Service protection, according to The New York Times.

The Times on Monday reported that the Secret Service ceased guarding Donald Trump Jr. last week.

A senior Trump administration official told The Times that Donald Trump Jr. is hoping for more privacy.

The Times reported that it is unclear whether Donald Trump Jr.’s decision impacts his wife, Vanessa Trump, or their five children.

Some Twitter users on Tuesday speculated Donald Trump Jr. has forgone a Secret Service detail as he has something worth hiding.

Donald Trump Jr. is an avid camper and hunter based in New York City when not serving as a top executive at the Trump Organization.

The Secret Service does not pick who falls under its protection, but the agency is required by law to provide around-the-clock protection for a president’s family unless asked not to.

A Trump administration official told The Times, meanwhile, that White House counselor Kellyanne Conway is also no longer under Secret Service shielding.

President Trump approved protection for Conway after she received several threats during his administration’s early days.

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The Times’ source said that the threat assessment for Conway, who is President Trump’s former campaign manager, has since changed.

The Secret Service last month said it had enough funds to protect President Trump until the end of its current fiscal year on Sept. 30.

“The Secret Service has the funding it needs to meet all current mission requirements for the remainder of the fiscal year and compensate employees for overtime within statutory pay caps,” Secret Service Director Randolph “Tex” Alles said in a statement.

“The Secret Service estimates that roughly 1,100 employees will work overtime hours in excess of statutory pay caps during calendar year 2017,” he added.

USA Today reported last month that the Secret Service is struggling to finance its efforts due to the size of President Trump’s family and his travel to his various East Coast properties.

The agency presently protects 42 people under President Trump, a total including 18 members of his family.

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