Days before he left office, former President Donald Trump instructed that Secret Service protection be extended to his four adult children and two of their spouses.

Protocol dictates that only Trump, his wife Melania and their 14 year-old son Baron would regularly receive 24-hour Secret Service protection. Because of his children’s heavy involvement in their father’s campaign, the former president asked that his extended family have full protection for six additional months, on top of an initial six months.

Former presidents have requested extensions for their children when in college, since required protection stops at age 16. This is the first time 24-hour protection has been requested in excess of six months for the extended family of a former president.

The Trump family extension of Secret Service protection comes at the same time President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’s Secret Service teams have mobilized to protect their family members not living in the White House.

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