Luke Dittrich, a writer for the New York Times Magazine, managed
to track down Donald Trump
Jr.after he ditched his US Secret Service detail and embarked
on a bow-hunting expedition in the Canadian wilderness.
Dittrich says he received a phone call from a friend who was in
Whitehorse, Canada’s Yukon Territory, and spotted a man who
resembled President Donald Trump’s eldest son.
However, mysteriously absent from Trump Jr.’s side was the gaggle
of Secret Service agents charged with protecting him.
Dittrich recounted the call he had with his friend:
“Are you sure it’s him?”
“What’s he wearing?”
“I don’t know … outdoorsy gear. Gore-Tex. Khakis and boots.
“Is he with anyone?”
“Yeah … older guy, squat and short. And a young kid, maybe
early 20s. Southern accents.”
Trump, Jr.’s social media accounts went dark after multiple news
outlets reported that he had voluntarily given up his federal
security detail in search of privacy.
With help from his friend, some background knowledge of Trump
Jr.’s penchant for hunting, and an understanding of the area’s
hunting activities, Dittrich eventually triangulated Trump Jr.’s
possible location — and even what type of animals he might have
Eventually, Dittrich and Trump Jr. found themselves in the same
airport. He walked over the president’s son:
“Hey,” I said. “I’m Luke.”
I held out my hand, and he shook it.
“I’m Don,” he said.
I told him that I heard he was in the area, that I was with The
New York Times Magazine and that I’d love to talk to him about
“The Times,” he said. “I never know where you guys are coming
I asked if he bagged anything.
“I can’t really tell you that,” he said. ‘‘Let’s just say it
was a good hunt.”
“Was it a moose?”
“I can’t … look, I can’t say.”
After a brief chat off the record with Dittrich, Trump Jr. left,
returning later to a much more crowded airport. The reporter
noted the gravity of the situation. The US president’s eldest
son, in the middle of a busy airport, with no Secret Service
protection, whose exact location was tracked down by a reporter
with minimal effort and resources.
Trump Jr. was reportedly back under Secret Service protection
CNN reported on Monday.
Read The New York Times Magazine’s report