- President Donald Trump extended Secret Service protection to his four adult children, The Washington Post reported.
- Mark Meadows, Steve Mnuchin, and Robert O’Brien will also receive the expensive, full-time security detail for six months.
- The extended security detail could cost taxpayers millions of dollars, especially given how much the Trump family travels.
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Just before leaving the White House, President Donald Trump extended Secret Service protection to his adult children and three top administration officials, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday.
Three people familiar with Trump’s request told The Post that the taxpayer-funded security would be extended for six months for Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner; Donald Trump Jr.; Eric Trump and his wife, Lara Trump; and Tiffany Trump. Trump’s grandchildren will also be included because of their proximity to their parents.
Two of the sources told The Post that Trump had also granted six months of Secret Service protection to Steven Mnuchin, his treasury secretary; Mark Meadows, his former chief of staff; and Robert O’Brien, his national security advisor.
“From 2017 to 2019, government records show, Trump family members took more than 4,500 trips that required the Secret Service to travel alongside them, costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars,” the report said.
Trump and his wife, Melania, are automatically granted the expensive, 24-hour protection for their lifetimes, and their 14-year-old son, Barron, will receive protection until he’s 16. Former Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen Pence, are also entitled to full-time security detail for the next six months.
Trump isn’t the first president to extend Secret Service protection to people who aren’t automatically entitled to receive it. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush granted security details to their college-age daughters for a period after their terms. President Barack Obama extended protection to his daughters, Sasha and Malia, who were in high school and college.
President Joe Biden was inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States just before noon on Wednesday. Hours before the inauguration, Trump and Melania left the White House, bound for Palm Beach, Florida.
The Secret Service is also preparing to protect Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris and their families, including Biden’s two adult children and Harris’ two stepchildren.
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