Ivanka Trump, the First Daughter and a senior adviser to President Donald Trump, has been fairly quiet since the coronavirus pandemic ostensibly shut down many sectors of America. Publicly she has promoted the social distancing guidelines outlined by the federal government—but a New York Times story reports she has not been following them personally. On March 29, she tweeted a video asking other Americans to please stay home if they can. “In these toughest of times, America shows her spirit and strength. This will end and we will emerge stronger than ever before,” she wrote. “In the meantime, social distancing saves lives! Please do your part. We are all in this together.”
“Those lucky enough to be in a position to stay at home, please, please do so,” Ivanka Trump said in the video. “Each and every one of us plays a role in slowing the spread.”
The federal guidelines also clearly state that we should “avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips, and social visits.” However, according to the New York Times, Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, who also works in the White House, and their three children traveled from Washington, D.C., to the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, to celebrate the first night of the Jewish holiday of Passover, which began on April 8.
While it was reported Trump stayed in New Jersey to work for a period of time, she was photographed during a video conference call in D.C. yesterday (April 15). “Ms. Trump has told people that the club is currently shut down, making it more socially distant than her mansion in the Kalorama neighborhood of Washington, where she had been spotted running on occasion in Rock Creek Park,” the Times wrote.
People were obviously frustrated to find out a senior White House official might not be following the same rules she’s asking others to adhere to as so many families were forced to celebrate Passover and Easter apart, connecting via Zoom and other platforms.
The White House has not yet responded to the New York Times’s request for comment.
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