Monday 24 July 2017

'They've completely ruined the neighbourhood' - Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are already annoying their neighbours

Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner applaud as US President Donald Trump speaks during a joint session of Congress at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on February 28, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGANMANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images
Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner applaud as US President Donald Trump speaks during a joint session of Congress at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on February 28, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGANMANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images
Rhona Wolfe Friedman poses for a picture in front of her home which is next door to the home of Ivanka Trump, Friday, March 24, 2017, in Washington. Residents of a posh Washington neighborhood say the Trump clan doesn't make for very good neighbors, hogging parking on an already crowded street and leaving trash bags rotting on the curb. A big part of the complaint: a huge security presence, with even a trip to the playground requiring three vans. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner watch as U.S. President Trump Addresses Joint Session of Congress - Washington, U.S. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Ivanka Trump and Senior advisor and son-in-law of U.S. President Donald Trump, Jared Kushner, leave Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida
Jared Kushner and his wife Ivanka Trump walk off Air Force One with their children at Palm Beach International airport as they prepare to spend part of the weekend together with her father President Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago resort on February 10, 2017 in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Jared Kushner (L), White House senior adviser, and his wife Ivanka Trump, make their way to board Marine One before departing from the White House on February 10, 2017, in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGANMANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images
Jared Kushner (L), White House senior adviser, and his wife Ivanka Trump arrive for a joint press conference by US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on February 10, 2017, at the White House in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGANMANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images
White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner and his wife Ivanka Trump walk along the colonnade ahead of a joint press conference by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and her father, U.S. President Donald Trump, at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 10, 2017. REUTERS/Jim Bourg
Ivanka Trump, daughter of President Donald Trump, her husband, senior adviser Jared Kushner, their two children Arabella Kushner and Joseph Kushner, Chief White House Strategist Steve Bannon, second from right, and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, right, walk to Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base
Senior Advisor to the President, Jared Kushner (L), walks with his wife Ivanka Trump to board Marine One at the White House in Washington, DC, on March 3, 2017.
Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump, and her husband Jared Kushner, senior adviser to President Donald Trump, attend a joint news conference with the president and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the East Room of the White House in Washington
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Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner dance at the Freedom Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center January 20, 2017
A sign is seen on a barricade in front of the home of Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump, and her husband White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner, Friday, March 24, 2017, in Washington.
Jared Kushner (L) and Ivanka Trump attend the Valentino Sala Bianca 945 Event on December 10, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner are seen walking in Midtown on January 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
The home of Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump, and her husband White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner, is seen Friday, March 24, 2017, in Washington. Neighbors of Trump, her husband Jared Kushner and their three children have groused that sidewalks have been closed, public parking overrun and that the family and their staff can't even be bothered to learn the trash pickup schedule outside their $5.5-million home. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Ivanka Trump attends U.S. President Donald Trump's strategy and policy forum with chief executives of major U.S. companies at the White House in Washington, U.S. February 3, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo
Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka on the South Lawn of the White House (AP)
Ivanka Trump (R) and Jared Kushner attend the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
Ivanka Trump's house. Picture: Zillow
Jared Kushner (L) and Ivanka Trump attend the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump carries her daughter in the Senate on Capitol Hill after her father signed cabinet nominations into law Picture: AP
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

There goes the neighbourhood.

Ivanka Trump (35) and husband Jared Kushner (36) are in hot water with their neighbours in the plush Kalorama area in Washington D.C.

President Trump's daughter, her husband, a senior White House adviser and their three children - Arabella Rose (five), Joseph Frederick (three) and Theodore James (11 months) - moved into the €5.5 home in January, before the presidential inauguration.

But not everyone is happy with their presence and neighbours have begun complaining about the inconvenience of their large security team, parking issues on crowded street and allegations that they don't adhere to the same rubbish removal schedule.

Jared Kushner and his wife Ivanka Trump walk off Air Force One with their children at Palm Beach International airport as they prepare to spend part of the weekend together with her father President Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago resort on February 10, 2017 in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Jared Kushner and his wife Ivanka Trump walk off Air Force One with their children at Palm Beach International airport as they prepare to spend part of the weekend together with her father President Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago resort on February 10, 2017 in West Palm Beach, Florida.

The couple are accompanied by a Secret Service team at all times and the area around their home is cordoned off for security, crowding the narrow street further.

"It has been a three-ring circus from the day that they've moved in," Marietta Robinson, who lives across the street, told the Associated Press. "They've completely ruined the neighborhood."

"This is the adult child of the president. Sometimes there are 10 cars out there. They've completely taken over the whole street, as if they have the authority," she told the Washington Post.

Another neighbour Toby Moffett added: "We’re just a little story in a cosmic, bigger story, which is the whole Trump phenomenon and how they push their way around.

Ivanka Trump's house. Picture: Zillow
Ivanka Trump's house. Picture: Zillow

"You have people coming and going. You have three or four, sometimes five, SUVs that are very big and that aren’t from the neighborhood.”

Neighbourhood commissioner Ellen Goldstein said some of the outgrage "has to do with politics a little" and the Trumps aren't the only famous faces in the area - former US President Barack Obama lives nearby with wife Michelle and their daughters Mali (18) and Sasha 915), while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also lives nearby.

Ivanka Trump and Senior advisor and son-in-law of U.S. President Donald Trump, Jared Kushner, leave Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida
Ivanka Trump and Senior advisor and son-in-law of U.S. President Donald Trump, Jared Kushner, leave Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida

A spokesperson for the Secret Service told the post that the organisation "makes every effort to collaborate with businesses and residents to minimize disruptions, while simultaneously maintaining the highest level of security for the individuals we are mandated to protect."

Ivanka said her family has "received an incredibly gracious welcome from our neighbours."

A sign is seen on a barricade in front of the home of Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump, and her husband White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner, Friday, March 24, 2017, in Washington.
A sign is seen on a barricade in front of the home of Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump, and her husband White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner, Friday, March 24, 2017, in Washington.

The security chaos that comes with their new presidential association seems to follow the Trumps everywhere - just last week, Ivanka and her brothers Donald Jr and Eric along with their partners and children were subjected to complaints during a weekend break to the upscale ski town of Aspen, Colorado where "everyone" was "complaining" as there are "so many of them".

"They’re everywhere. There are so many of them. Everyone is complaining. Everyone is annoyed," a visiting New York mother told Vanity Fair.

Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump, and her husband Jared Kushner, senior adviser to President Donald Trump, attend a joint news conference with the president and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the East Room of the White House in Washington
Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump, and her husband Jared Kushner, senior adviser to President Donald Trump, attend a joint news conference with the president and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the East Room of the White House in Washington

Meanwhile, as Ivanka has been given her own office in the West Wing and security clearance, government watchdogs are pushing for her to receive an official title in order to avoid potential conflicts of interest and encourage transparency.

A letter signed by two former White House lawyers to counsel Don McGahn, reads: "On the one hand, her position will provide her with the privileges and opportunities for service that attach to being a White House employee.

"On the other hand, she remains the owner of a private business who is free from the ethics and conflicts rules that apply to all White House employees."

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the mother-of-three is going "above and beyond" in complying with ethics rules.

U.S. President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka Trump. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images
U.S. President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka Trump. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images

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