Secret Service agents assigned to Ivanka Trump, the president’s eldest daughter, and her husband, Jared Kushner, a top White House adviser, have been renting a $3,000 per month studio apartment at taxpayer’s expense for the purpose of having a bathroom available, The Washington Post reports.
After being instructed not to use any of the half-dozen bathrooms inside the Kalorama home, located in Northwest Washington, the Secret Service detail tried multiple solutions, including using the bathroom at the not-so-close home of Vice President Pence and a port-a-potty.
In 2017, the detail began renting a neighbor’s basement studio apartment to solve the problem, the Post reports. With a rent of $3,000 a month, the detail has spent upward of $100,000 on the toilet solution.
While the Post states that the directive came at the family’s request, the White House claims it was the Secret Service that made the decision about toilet use.
“This is just another false narrative,” a White House spokesperson said in a statement to The Hill. “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 USSS was made that their detail sought other accommodations.”
The spokesperson went on to explain that the family has the utmost respect for their security detail.
“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,” they added. “Their home will always be open to them and they have immense gratitude for their service over the last four years.”
Arrangements that allow the people under protection to retain some privacy are not unusual. What makes this situation unique is the unusual measures the detail had to take to remedy the problem, the Post notes. Typically there is some sort of guest house restroom at the agents’ disposal.
When the Kushners moved in, neighbors in the upscale Washington neighborhood expressed displeasure over the impact the family and their Secret Service detail had on the neighborhood, claiming they had “completely taken over the whole street.”
“It is every bit as disruptive as if a very active business was allowed to come into this residential neighborhood,” neighbor Marti Robinson previously said.