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Jared and Ivanka's Secret Service detail reportedly had to use Obama's bathroom because the couple wouldn't let the officers use theirs

Published by Business Insider on Thu, 14 Jan 2021

<p><img src="https://static4.businessinsider.com/image/6000827ca8de7700187d3e59-2000/Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump.jpg" border="0" alt="Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump" data-mce-source="Patrick Semansky/AP" data-mce-caption="President Donald Trump's White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Trump, walk on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, after stepping off Marine One after returning from Camp David."></p><p></p><bi-shortcode id="summary-shortcode" data-type="summary-shortcode" class="mceNonEditable" contenteditable="false">Summary List Placement</bi-shortcode><p>Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner didn't allow Secret Service agents assigned to their detail to use any of the six bathrooms in their 5,000-square-foot mansion in Washington, DC, so the agents resorted to using port-a-potties, store restrooms, and even the facilities in the homes of Vice President Mike Pence and former President Barack Obama, <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2021/01/14/secret-service-bathroom-ivanka-trump-jared-kushner/">The Washington Post reported on Thursday.&nbsp;</a></p><p>Ivanka and Kushner, President Donald Trump's daughter and son-in-law, live in DC's affluent neighborhood of Kalorama, which also is home to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Obama, and other well-known names.</p><p>The Secret Service eventually came to a more permanent and comfortable solution for the agentson the taxpayer's dime. The Post reported that taxpayers have spent a whopping $144,000 since September 2017around $3,000 a monthon a basement studio apartment near the Kushner residence with a bathroom for agents to use.</p><p>White House spokesman Judd Deere denied that the Kushners prohibited Secret Service agents from using the bathrooms in their home, stating, "It was only after a decision by the [Secret Service] was made that their detail sought other accommodations."</p><p>Multiple sources told the Post, however, that "the bathrooms inside the Trump/Kushner<strong>&nbsp;</strong>home were declared off-limits to the people protecting them<strong>&nbsp;</strong>from the beginning."</p><p data-el="text">"It's the first time I ever heard of a Secret Service detail having to go to these extremes to find a bathroom," one law enforcement official told the Post.&nbsp;</p><p data-el="text"><a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2021/01/14/secret-service-bathroom-ivanka-trump-jared-kushner/">The Post reported</a> that agents occasionally went to a garage on the Obama's nearby Kalaroma property that the Obamas' detail had set up as a "command post" for their own use. But that solution turned out to be short-lived after an agent on the Kushners' detail "left an unpleasant mess in the Obama bathroom at some point before the fall of 2017," resulting in the Kushner/Trump agents being barred from coming back.&nbsp;</p><p data-el="text">At some times, they also drove about a mile away to a Secret Service command post at the Naval Observatory, where the Pences live, to use the bathrooms there. At others, they relied on the goodwill of the Kushners' neighbors and had to use porta-potties out on the street.&nbsp;</p><p data-el="text">"They sort of came in with the attitude, like, 'We are royalty,'" the Kushners' former neighbor Dianne Bruce told the Post. "When they put the porta-potty right outside on the sidewalk we weren't allowed to walk on, that was when people in the neighborhood said, 'That's really not acceptable.'"</p><p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-kushner-secret-service-agents-used-obamas-bathrooms-wapo-2021-1#comments">Join the conversation about this story &#187;</a></p> <p>NOW WATCH: <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/ocean-floor-much-deeper-humans-understand-animation-2017-3">This incredible animation shows how deep the ocean really is</a></p>
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