Ivanka Trump defies rules, travels to New Jersey
Ivanka Trump, President Trump’s eldest daughter and a senior White House adviser, has positioned herself as one of the leaders of the administration’s economic relief efforts and one of its most vocal advocates of social distancing.
“Those lucky enough to be in a position to stay at home, please, please do so,” Trump said in a video she posted online, encouraging Americans to follow federal guidelines about social distancing, which suggests that people stay at least six feet apart.
“Each and every one of us plays a role in slowing the spread.”
But Ivanka Trump herself has not followed the federal guidelines advising against discretionary travel, leaving Washington for another one of her family’s homes, even as she has publicly thanked people for self-quarantining. And effective April 1, the city of Washington issued a stay-at-home order for all residents unless they are performing essential activities.
Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, who is also a senior White House adviser, travelled with their three children to the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in New Jersey to celebrate the first night of Passover this month, according to two people with knowledge of their travel plans, even as seders across the country were cancelled and families gathered remotely over apps like Zoom.
A White House spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.
Kushner returned to the White House, where he has been helping marshal the forces of government for the war his father-in-law says he is waging against the coronavirus. Ivanka Trump has continued to work from Bedminster, taking calls and spending time there with her children, the people said.
She has told people that the club is currently shut down, making it more socially distant than her mansion in the Kalorama neighbourhood of Washington, where she had been spotted running on occasion in Rock Creek Park.
On Wednesday, Ivanka Trump participated remotely in at least two of the Pesident’s calls with business leaders.