Secret Service agents assigned to protect Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner were denied access to bathrooms in the couple’s home and had to rent a neighboring basement for $ 3,000 a month just to use the restroom, a surreal Washington Post report revealed Thursday.
Trump and Kushner’s 5,000-square-foot six-bedroom home is located in the Kalorama neighborhood of Washington, DC – home to the Obamas and other elite politicians – and contains six bathrooms prohibited to the secret services assigned to the protection of the pair.
According to the report, which cited neighbors and local law enforcement officials, officers were forced to resort to unorthodox measures simply to relieve themselves. They frequented nearby businesses, drove to Vice President Mike Pence’s home at the DC Naval Observatory, and used a bathroom in the nearby Obamas’ garage that had been converted into a Secret Service command area.
Eventually, after a member of the team protecting Trump and Ivanka left an “unpleasant inconvenience” in Obama’s bathroom, they were banned from the garage.
White House spokesman Judd Deere told the Washington Post that Trump and Kushner never denied agents access to their bathrooms, and “it was only after a decision from the [Secret Service] was made that their detail was looking for other accommodations.
These alternative accommodations were found after a port-a-pot set up for officers sparked protests from residents of Kalorama in 2017. From September 27, 2017, they rented a basement from 820 square feet with a “tidy bathroom” from Kay Kendall, chairman of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. At $ 3,000 per month in rent, the basement has cost $ 144,000 in taxpayer dollars so far.
A number of voices on social media have spoken of the remarkable nature of the Post’s story – several citing the similarities to the plot of the 2009 novel and the 2011 film “The Help,” where a maid in Jackson , Mississippi, is fired for using her employer’s bathroom.
Read the full Washington Post report here.
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