In his last days in office, Donald Trump ordered the Secret Service to extend protection for thirteen members of his family who would not otherwise receive it, the Washington Post reports.
For the next six months, Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner, their three children, his son Donald Trump Jr. and his four children, his son Eric Trump and his wife Lara and his daughter Tiffany Trump will be under Secret Service protection at taxpayer expense.
Under law, Trump, his third wife Melania and their son Barron would receive a Secret Service detail. Barron will not get protection after he turns 18 years old.
Former presidents have extended Secret Service protection for their children when they left office. Barack Obama did so for his two minor daughters for a year after he left office. George W. Bush did so for his college-age daughters. However, the Secret Service has never provided extended protection to the adult children or grandchildren of an ex-president.
While he was in office, Trump’s children took more than 4,500 trips that required taxpayer-funded Secret Service security details.