Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner sure did love their home in Washington, D.C.’s tony Kalorama neighborhood and enjoyed round-the-clock Secret Service protection for the past four years. One thing they couldn’t abide, however, was allowing the agents who guarded them to use any of the 6.5 bathrooms in their 5,000 square-foot rented home.
So since September 2017, U.S. taxpayers have been paying $3,000 a month – amounting to more than $100,000 to date – to rent a basement studio apartment nearby so that their protectors have somewhere to relieve themselves. After months of using a porta-potty, facilities in the nearby home of former president Barack Obama and the Naval Observatory residence of Vice President Mike Pence – which is blocks away – the agency secured the nearby accommodation.
Not surprisingly a White House spokesperson denied the report in today’s Washington Post, but a law enforcement official familiar with the situation confirmed that agents were not permitted to enter at the couple’s request. The Secret Service issued its standard response to questions about its protective services, saying the agency “does not discuss the means, methods or resources utilized to carry out our protective mission.”
The situation is widely known in the wealthy neighborhood of Northwest D.C., which is home to numerous foreign embassies and top level government officials. In addition to having to make use of facilities in the homes of Obama and Pence, the security detail also resorted to visiting neighborhood businesses when nature called.
“It’s the first time I ever heard of a Secret Service detail having to go to these extremes to find a bathroom,” said one law enforcement official familiar with the situation.
This is just another reason why the Kushner family’s neighbors will be glad when they depart for their new home in Florida.