As Trump is about to move out of the White House, the contradictions between the “first daughter” Ivanka family and the new neighbors have also been exposed by the American media.
In addition to suspected exclusion from their future neighbors, the Ivankas were also accused of prohibiting agents from using their bathrooms, causing the latter to “roam” outside for months and have to go to Obama and Pence’s house to “rub” the bathroom.
And their neighbors in Washington are also angry with mobile toilets in high-end communities.
According to the Washington Post on January 15, there are many secret service agents stationed in Kalorama, a high-end community in Washington, where cabinet officials and former presidents live all year round.
Agents have to worry about death threats, surrounding safety and suspicious strangers at work.
But with the arrival of “first daughter” Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner, they have a new concern: looking for a toilet.
According to neighbors and law enforcement officials, the Ivankas’ secret service security personnel were instructed not to use any of the six bathrooms in the home.
Then they spent months looking for a reliable toilet to use at work.
Two of them said that the bathroom of Ivanka’s house was declared closed to security personnel from the beginning.
One official did not know the reason for the restriction, while another said it was incited by the Ivankas.
Both requested anonymity due to the sensitivity of the security work of the President’s family.
After using the mobile toilet, and borrowing the toilets of former President Obama and the less recent Vice President Pence’s house nearby, the agents finally found their own toilets.
But American taxpayers are going to “break the bill” for this.
Since September 2017, the federal government has spent $3,000 a month to rent a single basement apartment with a bathroom from the neighbors of the Kushner family, which has cost more than $100,000 so far.
A White House spokesman denied that the two men restricted agents’ access to their 5,000-square-foot (465 square meters), six-bedroom and 6.5-bathroom house, and insisted that the Secret Service decided not to allow security personnel.
But a law enforcement official familiar with the situation disputed the statement, saying that the agents were turned away at the family’s request.
A spokesman for the Secret Service declined to comment, saying that they “will not discuss the means, methods or resources used to carry out protection tasks”.
U.S. media pointed out that it is not uncommon to keep agents and protect objects at a certain distance, especially when the Secret Service’s “means, methods or resources” involve indoor sanitation equipment.
But for those who qualify for such protection, the accommodation is often expensive and spacious, and staff can use the garage or other ancillary building as a command post, lounge and bathroom.
Judging from the length of time these agents have been “displaced”, the situation in Kalorama is unusual.
In addition to borrowing toilets from their secret service colleagues who protect the Obamas and Pences, they occasionally use the facilities of nearby merchants.
“This is the first time I’ve heard that Secret Service personnel have reached such limits in order to find toilets,” said an informed law enforcement official.
In early 2017, Ivanka’s Secret Service personnel blocked valuable street parking spaces, causing a stir in the community.
The mobile toilet built for the agents further angered the residents who were not used to this scene.
Dianne Bruce, who lives across the street, complained about the Ivankas: “They checked in like ‘we are members of the royal family’.
When they set the mobile toilet on the outside sidewalk and didn’t let us go, people nearby said, ‘This is really unacceptable’.
Bruce also said she expressed sympathy for the security staff of the family when she saw the agents trying to balance work needs with physical needs.