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Donald Trump Jr. had his Secret Service protection restored this week after briefly giving up the protection for a hunting trip in the Canadian wilderness.
The New York Times reported last week that Trump Jr. was ditching his security detail for unknown reasons, but noted Trump Jr. was seeking more privacy.
It turns out, according to a reporter for New York Times Magazine, that Trump Jr. was leaving the Secret Service behind so he could be alone during a hunting trip in Canada’s Yukon Territory. The reporter, Luke Dittrich, spotted Trump Jr. at the airport in Yukon’s capital city after receiving a tip from a friend, and detailed his exchange with him in an article published on Wednesday.
Trump Jr.’s initial decision to opt out of his Secret Service protection provided temporary relief to the agency tasked with keeping the president and his family safe. The Secret Service has been spread thin because of the Trump family’s traveling habits, which include regular trips to President Donald Trump’s resorts and golf properties as well as business trips to far-flung destinations around the world.
As an immediate family member of the president, Trump Jr. is authorized to have round-the-clock Secret Service protection until the agency is told to stop.
It’s not the first time Trump Jr. took a trip without federal agents by his side. The Secret Service reluctantly permitted Trump Jr. to go unaccompanied on a family trip in June, according to CNN.