Ivanka Trump broke her own stay-at-home advice and traveled 200 miles from DC to a Trump resort in New Jersey to celebrate Passover
Ivanka Trump traveled from Washington, DC, to New Jersey to celebrate Passover, defying the stay-at-home guidance she urged Americans to follow, The New York Times reported. Federal and state authorities have urged Americans not to leave the home for anything but necessities, and avoid discretionary travel to slow the spread of the coronavirus. "Those lucky enough to be in a position to stay at home, please, please do so," the president's daughter had said in a March 30 video. According to The Times, Trump believed that the relative isolation of the Bedminster resort permits her to better observe social distancing than in her Washington, DC, home.
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Ivanka Trump broke her own stay-at home guidance to travel 200 miles from Washington, DC, to the Trump Bedminster golf resort in New Jersey to celebrate Passover this year, according to The New York Times. According to the report, the president's eldest daughter, her husband Jared Kushner, and their three children made the trip for the Jewish holiday, which fell on April 8 this year. The Times reportedly learned of the trip from two people with knowledge of the travel plans. The couple are both senior advisers in President Donald Trump's administration, which is battling to contain the US coronavirus outbreak. Millions of other Americans were forced to cancel their Passover festivities or obeyed the social distancing advice by hosting their celebrations remotely on video apps. Trump and Kushner's trip appears to violate the White House's March 16 advice to Americans to "work or engage in schooling FROM HOME wherever possible" and "avoid discretionary travel." Washington, DC, has issued a stay-at-home order effective from April 1, meaning that residents should only leave home for necessities, and infractions of the order are punishable by fines or jail time. Trump herself has played a prominent role in urging Americans to observe social-distancing rules. In a video posted on social media on March 30, she had urged Americans to do their bit to slow the spread of the virus.
In these toughest of times, America shows her spirit and strength. This will end and we will emerge stronger than ever before. In the meantime, social distancing saves lives! Please do your part. We are all in this together. 💛[Part 1] pic.twitter.com/iYzMunLJyO — Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) March 30, 2020
"Those lucky enough to be in a position to stay at home, please, please do so," she said in the video. "Each and every one of us plays a role in slowing the spread." The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the report. Like many other hospitality businesses, the Trump Bedminster resort has been shuttered during the coronavirus crisis. According to the Times report, Trump believed that the relative isolation of the resort permits her to better observe social distancing than in her Washington, DC, home. Kushner has reportedly returned to Washington DC, where he is leading a White House "shadow" coronavirus task force charged with securing vital medical equipment for hospitals, while his wife continues to work remotely in Bedminster. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why Pikes Peak is the most dangerous racetrack in America
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Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump threatened to sue an anti-Trump super PAC for putting up billboards showing them smiling next to the US COVID-19 death toll
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Melania Trump launched 'Operation Block Ivanka' to minimize Ivanka's inauguration presence, according to a new book based on secret tapes recorded by the first lady's former friend
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Wolkoff drew on those tapes and years of friendship with Melania to write a book about their tumultuous relationship, "Melania and Me: My Years as Confidant, Advisor and Friend to the First Lady." The New York Times reported that Wolkoff plans to hand the tapes of Melania over to a news outlet ahead of the book's September 1 release. Wolkoff joined the first lady's office as an unpaid adviser following the inauguration, The New York Times reported. She resigned amid controversy over the inauguration's finances, and reporting that she was paid $26 million for her work. "Was I fired? No," Wolkoff said in 2018. "Did I personally receive $26 million or $1.6 million? No. Was I thrown under the bus? Yes." 'Operation Block Ivanka' An excerpt of the book published Thursday in New York Magazine details the buildup and immediate aftermath of President Donald Trump's inauguration, which Wolkoff played a key role in organizing. Drama with Ivanka was an issue from the start, according to Wolkoff. Ivanka, whom Wolkoff says Melania referred to as "princess," wanted to play a more central role in the inauguration than the incoming first lady was comfortable with. "It was Donald's inauguration, not Ivanka's," Wolkoff writes. "But no one was brave enough to tell her that. Melania was not thrilled about Ivanka's steering the schedule and would not allow it. Neither was she happy to hear that Ivanka insisted on walking in the Pennsylvania Avenue parade with her children." Wolkoff said this led to "Operation Block Ivanka," an effort to ensure Ivanka would not be shown by TV cameras on the inauguration stage during key moments of the ceremony, including when Trump was sworn in or when he took the oath of office from Chief Justice John Roberts. "Yes, Operation Block Ivanka was petty," Wolkoff writes. "Melania was in on this mission. But in our minds, Ivanka shouldn't have made herself the center of attention in her father's inauguration." 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