Wednesday 21 February 2018

Despite protests and complaints from neighbours, Ivanka Trump 'loves' raising her children in Washington DC

Ivanka Trump, with her husband Jared Kushner and their children, depart after her father President Donald Trump formally signed his cabinet nominations into law, in the President's Room of the Senate, at the Capitol in Washington, January 20, 2017. (Photo by J. Scott Applewhite - Pool/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump, with her husband Jared Kushner and their children, depart after her father President Donald Trump formally signed his cabinet nominations into law, in the President's Room of the Senate, at the Capitol in Washington, January 20, 2017. (Photo by J. Scott Applewhite - Pool/Getty Images)
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
Ivanka Trump and Senior advisor and son-in-law of U.S. President Donald Trump, Jared Kushner arrive with their children Theodore (R), Arabella (C) and Joseph (L) during Japanese's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to West Palm Beach, Florida U.S., February 10, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump (2nd R) and her family, husband Jared Kushner (from L) and children Joseph and Arabella Kushner, arrive aboard the Marine One helicopter with the president to board Air Force One for travel to Florida from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S. March 3, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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.
Ivanka Trump looks at her daughter Arabella as US President Donald Trump meets with parents and teachers at Saint Andrew Catholic School in Orlando, Florida, on March 3, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMMNICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images
Ivanka Trump, daughter of President Donald Trump, and her daughter Arabella Kushner walk down the steps of the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017.
Ivanka Trump walks with her son Joseph during the inaugural parade in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2017. =
Ivanka Trump and daughter Arabella Rose Kushner arrive for a prayer service with U.S. President Donald Trump at Washington National Cathedral the morning after his inauguration, in Washington, U.S., January 21, 2017.
Jared Kushner, his wife Ivanka Trump and their children Arabella, Joseph and Theodore descend the steps of Air Force One upon their arrival at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, U.S., February 20, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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Her residency in Washington D.C. hasn't been without its troubles, but Ivanka Trump said she "really enjoys" raising her children in the US capital.

The first daughter has three children with husband Jared Kushner - Arabella (five), Joseph (three) and Theodore (12 months) - and the family live in the plush Kalorama neighbourhood in a €5.1m home.

Kushner is a senior adviser, while Trump's role is a little more vague and both appointments have been largely critiqued as being in contradiction with anti-nepotism laws.

"I really love living in D.C.," she told CBS in a much-hyped morning interview with Gayle King. "I really enjoy it here with my children."

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 businesswoman said she never envisaged leaving New York City, where she called home all her life, but when her father Donald Trump was elected president in November, she moved her eponymous fashion line into a private trust and moved to Washington, where both she and her husband hold roles in the White House.

"My business was there. My life was there, so this is actually an amazing moment in time where I came to Washington and I told Jared with — with my kids, I — I wanna treat it almost like I’m a visitor.

"Every week, I take my children to a different museum or cultural institution. We went to the Supreme Court. We’ve been to five or six museums.

"We went to the monster truck show. So just having real unique experience with my children. Not exactly a cultural experience but Joseph loved it. They don’t have them nearby in in New York because I’ve looked for years. We went in Baltimore."

Ivanka Trump, daughter of President Donald Trump, and her daughter Arabella Kushner walk down the steps of the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017.
Ivanka Trump, daughter of President Donald Trump, and her daughter Arabella Kushner walk down the steps of the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017.

And the perks of having lawn space aren't wasted on her and her young family.

"I have a backyard with a swing set. As a New Yorker, that doesn’t happen."

Ivanka Trump walks with her son Joseph during the inaugural parade in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2017. =
Ivanka Trump walks with her son Joseph during the inaugural parade in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2017. =

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