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How come the Former President of USA has a lot of security with him all the time? Afterall, he is only the former president and not the current president.

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Under U.S. law, former presidents and their families are afforded some protection even after they leave office.

From: United States Secret Service: Protection

Former presidents and their spouses for their lifetimes, except when the spouse remarries. In 1997, Congressional legislation became effective limiting Secret Service protection to former presidents for a period of not more than 10 years from the date the former president leaves office

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