Author: Chris Enloe
Ivanka Trump, daughter of President Donald Trump, and her husband Jared Kushner, senior adviser to Trump, moved to Washington D.C., from Manhattan earlier this year after Trump was elected president last November.
They decided to move into a $ 5.5 million home in the ritzy neighborhood of Kalorama where former President Barack Obama now lives, along with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Fox News anchor Chris Wallace. The neighborhood is about 2 miles north of the White House.
According to the Washington Post, Ivanka’s neighbors delivered her a handwritten note welcoming her family, which includes three small children, to the neighborhood when they moved in a few months back.
But when Secret Service SUVs began lining the streets taking precious parking spaces, the neighbors were a little less passive. In addition to the large security presence, neighbors have complained about trash lining the curb in front of the house and noisy Secret Service agents, who some say changed their shirts out in the open.
“It has been a three-ring circus from the day that they’ve moved in,” Marietta Robinson, who lives near the Trump-Kushner house, told The Associated Press.
“Are you kidding me?” Robinson added in comments to the Post. “This is the adult child of the president. Sometimes there are 10 cars out here.”
At a recent neighborhood commission meeting, even Wallace showed up to complain about the parking situation, according to the AP.
“Maybe some of the upset has to do with politics a little. I couldn’t say for sure, but I know that people don’t seem to be upset about Tillerson’s situation. It’s much less intrusive,” Ellen Goldstein, an elected neighborhood commissioner, told the AP.
The problems prompted Robinson to write a letter to Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser, who responded by removing two of the four “No Parking” signs erected on the neighborhood street since Ivanka moved in. In that letter, Robinson said the problems have “truly ruined my peaceful enjoyment of my house.”
On Friday, neighbors met with city officials and Secret Service officials to address their concerns, Secret Service spokeswoman Nicole Mainor told the AP.
At any rate, Christopher Chapin — who serves as president of the neighborhood commission — is just happy for the spotlight his community is receiving.
“We are delighted to have political figures like the Obamas, the Kushners and the Tillersons living in our neighborhood,” he told the AP.