The Secret Service Won’t Protect Kellyanne Conway Anymore: Report
Kellyanne Conway, a counselor to President Trump, will no longer be provided protection by the Secret Service, a top administration official briefed on the matter told The New York Times.
Ms. Conway’s protection is not covered by statute, but the president approved her protection anyway. Ethics groups have criticized the administration for wasting taxpayer money and bankrupting the agency, which has had its workforce and resources strained by the size and lifestyle of the Trump family and the president’s inner circle.
Last month, the Secret Serviced announce that it had run out of money to be able to pay its agents and requested additional funds from Congress.
The president’s other children and grandchildren will continue to be covered by the agency, as will several of the president’s top aides. So will Trump Tower, home to the Trump Organization.
The news comes less than 24 hours after it was reported that Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, gave up Secret Service protection because he wanted “more privacy.”
According to The Times, the agency ceased protecting Mr. Trump last week. Trump Jr. said to be seeking more privacy than he can expect with a contingent of agents accompanying him everywhere.
Like other members of his family, Mr. Trump’s personal and business travel — often to far-flung Trump properties and projects around the world — has triggered frequent criticism and careful documentation by Democrats and other watchdog groups. Those groups argue that taxpayers should not have to foot the bill for the agency’s highly trained agents to accompany the younger Mr. Trump.
The size of the first family had forced the Secret Service to shift agents who would otherwise be working on criminal cases or investigations into protective duty.
More than 1,000 special agents have worked so many extra hours that they have already reached a cap on overtime pay for the year. Lawmakers have proposed legislation to raise that cap for this year and next, but that measure has not yet passed.
A spokeswoman for the Secret Service, Catherine Milhoan, declined to comment on the matter.