Ivanka Trump is accused of banning Secret Service agents from using any of the seven toilets at her Washington DC mansion, right, forcing them to drive a mile to pee (Pictures: AP)
Ivanka Trump banned her Secret Service bodyguards from using the toilets at her Washington DC mansion, forcing them to drive a mile to pee, it is claimed.
The so-called ‘First Daughter’ allegedly personally refused to offer the facilities at her six bedroom, six-and-a-half bathroom mansion in Washington DC’s Kalorama area, and is said to have given no reason for doing so.
That forced some agents to drive a mile to Vice President Mike Pence’s compound at the US Naval Observatory, whose facilities they were welcome to use.
The Washington Post detailed the toilet saga, which only ended with taxpayer-funded $3,000-a-month studio – complete with bathroom – being hired close to Ivanka’s rented home for agents to use.
Ivanka is said to have issued the directive barring Secret Service agents from using the facilities in her rented home, but did not provide any explanation for doing so (Picture: Reuters)
One law enforcement official told the Post: ‘It’s the first time I ever heard of a Secret Service detail having to go to these extremes to find a bathroom.’
The drama began shortly after Ivanka, her husband Jared Kushner and their three children moved from New York to DC in early 2017 to work for President Trump’s administration.
A street outside their home was closed-off, with a plastic porta-potty also rented, and plonked on its sidewalk. That enraged the couple’s new neighbors, who deemed the convenience unsightly and out of character, and were furious about being deprived of much sought-after parking spaces.
One local, Dianne Bruce, said: ‘They sort of came in with the attitude, like, “We are royalty.”
Ivanka and husband Jared Kushner, pictured, moved from New York to DC shortly after President Trump’s 2016 election win (Picture: Reuters)
‘When they put the porta-potty right outside on the sidewalk we weren’t allowed to walk on, that was when people in the neighborhood said, “That’s really not acceptable.”‘
Secret Service agents were then forced to rely on local hospitality businesses’ bathrooms, only for former President Barack Obama to step in and offer to help.
Team Obama offered the use of a garage in the former president’s nearby home, which his own security detail had turned into a command post.
That arrangement worked well – until one agent left an unpleasant mess in the bathroom during summer 2017, which resulted in Ivanka’s bodyguards being banned from it.
The toilet saga was finally solved when a $3,000-a-month studio was hired close to Ivanka and Jared’s home, pictured (Picture: AP)
Another neighbor, Kay Kendall, offered to rent the security detail a studio she owned after they knocked on her door asking to use the lavatory.
Kendall explained: ‘I think it was very clear that they just needed a place to take a shower, take a break, use the facilities, have lunch.
‘I’m happy to be able to have helped them.’ Kendall’s offer ended up providing a long-term solution, with the US Secret Service officials continuing to rent her studio for more than $100,000 to date.
The Trumps have charged the US government at least $238,000 to house the Secret Service agents who guard the first family at their resorts worldwide since coming into office.
Ivanka, who is widely believed to be her dad’s favorite child, is set to permanently return to New York City later this month (Picture: Getty)
Secret Service officials say it is not unusual for the people they are protecting to seek privacy, and stress that agents themselves try to be unobtrusive.
But moles told the Post that the scale of inconvenience faced by the agents tasked with protecting Ivanka and her family was unusual.
A spokesman for Ivanka said: ‘When discussions regarding protecting their home were initially had in 2017, Ivanka and Jared made clear that their home would always be open to the incredible men and women on their detail.
‘It was only after a decision by the (Secret Service) was made that their detail sought other accommodations.
‘The Kushners have a tremendous amount of respect for the servicemen and women on their detail and for the United States Secret Service as a whole.
‘Their home will always be open to them and they have immense gratitude for their service over the last four years.’
Ivanka and Jared are now set to return to their native New York after President Trump lost the November 2020 election to Joe Biden – with their current neighbors reportedly breathing a sigh of relief at the prospect of their area returning to normal.
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