President Donald Trump’s inner circle is facing fierce scrutiny this week following a major announcement by the U.S. Secret Service.
White House adviser Kellyann Conway will reportedly no longer be receiving Secret Service protection from the federal government. According to some insiders, this new development is a sign of Conway’s diminishing role within the Trump administration.
Conway has been on board as a White House staffer since the first days of the Trump administration, after having served as an executive on the Trump presidential campaign in 2016.
However, Conway’s visibility has been declining after she made a number of embarrassing missteps during the first few months of Trump’s presidency. Many suspect she will resign or be removed in the coming weeks.
The New York Times reports:
Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, has elected to forgo protection by the Secret Service, according to a senior administration official, and another top White House official is losing hers. … Kellyanne Conway, a counselor to President Trump, will no longer be covered by agents, according to an administration official briefed on the matter.
… The Secret Service does not decide who falls under its protection. In the case of the president’s immediate family, the agency is required by law to provide round-the-clock security unless it is told not to and typically errs on the side of caution.
Ms. Conway’s protection is not covered by statute. The president approved her protection after Ms. Conway received several threats in the administration’s early days. That threat assessment has since changed, the official briefed on the decision said.
The Secret Service also announced it is discontinuing protection for Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., which is raising a number of serious questions on its own.
Prior to this announcement, the Secret Service was assigned to offer protection to Trump and all of his adult children. However, since Trump Jr. is flying around the world making business deals, he may have been concerned that federal agents would pick up on his questionable dealings.