Donald Trump’s four adult children shocked many today by announcing that they will be ditching their Secret Service details as soon as their father leaves office.
Daily Mail reported that as children of the president, all five of Trump’s children are entitled to Secret Service protection as long as their father is in office and for the ten years after he leaves the White House. However, a source close to Donald Jr, 38; Ivanka, 35; Eric, 32; and Tiffany, 23, just told the New York Post that they will immediately decline Secret Service protection once he leaves office.
“It would just be completely unnecessary,” the source said.
The source did not disclose whether Trump’s youngest son Barron, 10, would decline Secret Service protection as well. Minor children of current and former presidents are given Secret Service protection until they are at least 16 or until ten years after their parent leaves office. If Trump serves one term, Barron will be 14 and therefore will be entitled to two more years of protect. If Trump serves two terms, however, Barron will be 18 and will be able to decline protection as an adult like his siblings have.
Trump and his wife Melania will be given Secret Service protection for life. Though they can also decline, the only president to do so since the agency was founded in 1865 has been Richard Nixon.
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