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As of today, Ivanka Trump is officially under the protection of the Secret Service.

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It’s not unusual for the children of presidential candidates to receive their own security detail courtesy of the federal government (Chelsea Clinton has been under Secret Service protection for several weeks now.), but there’s something unique about Ivanka’s case.

If you’ve been following her father’s campaign closely, you know that Ivanka is unique among the Trump children in that she’s neither a real-life incarnation of Christian Bale’s character from American Psycho, nor is she paid to keep a safe distance from the media until she’s summoned.

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Yes, unless you caught her speech at the Republic National Convention in July, you might not even be aware that Tiffany Trump exists.

The 22-year-old is a recent graduate of her father’s alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania, and it’s unclear exactly why she’s played such small role in his run for office, while his other kids (with the exception of 10-year-old Barron) are basically running the show.

Perhaps it was Tiffany who chose not involve herself in the Donald’s bid for the presidency.

Maybe she simply prefers to work behind the scenes or focus on her music career (ed. note: LOLOLOLOLOLOL).

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Whatever the case, Tiffany hasn’t been nearly as heavily involved in the Trump campaign as her older sister, which may be why her request for Secret Service protection has reportedly been either denied or ignored.

According to several sources, Tiffany and her mother, Marla Maples, both sought protection after Donald’s son Eric Trump received an envelope containing a suspicious white powder and a menacing note back in April.

The letter threatened that Donald’s children would be harmed if he continued his run for president.

So it’s not hard to see why Tiffany might feel that she’s been imperiled by her father’s controversial campaign.

And yet, five months after the first reports of Tiffany and her mother seeking protection, the request still hasn’t been granted.

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Obviously, the matter isn’t entirely up to her father, but it’s hard to imagine that he would be deterred if he felt strongly enough about securing government protection for his youngest daughter.

There’s been talk of Trump holding Ivanka in higher esteem than his other kids, and some are taking her Secret Service detail as evidence of this favoritism.

(We’ll leave the intricate dissection of those unsettling photos of Trump and a young Ivanka to the folks on Twitter.)

That may or may not be the case, but what’s really surprising isn’t that Trump seems to prefer one of his daughters over the other, but that he would allow himself to look like anything other than the top-notch negotiator he claims to be.

Knowing what we know about Trump, we would think he would get Tiffany her own detail just as a matter of principle.

Closing deals is kind of his thing.