On the heels of the Capitol building riots and the beginning of the end of Donald Trump’s presidency, the Trump family encountered a deluge of bad publicity. POTUS was banned from social media, while Donald Trump Jr. allegedly became the subject of an investigation, and word leaked that Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner would not let members of the Secret Service relieve themselves while on duty.

An article from the Washington Post reported that the Secret Service were prohibited from using any of the bathrooms in Ivanka and Jared’s home in D.C. while they were stationed there. This quandary led the agents to seek creative alternatives when they felt the urge to go. “It’s the first time I ever heard of a Secret Service detail having to go to these extremes to find a bathroom,” an official told the outlet.

According to the Washington Post, Secret Service agents resorted to desperate measures, which included attempting to have a port-a-potty set up outside Ivanka’s home and inquiring whether or not the facilities at the homes of former President Barack Obama and Vice President Mike Pence were available. (The Secret Service reportedly used Obama’s garage until a member “left an unpleasant mess in the Obama bathroom.”)

Afterwards, the Secret Service ended up renting a nearby studio apartment in the Kalorama neighborhood for $3,000 per month — just to have bathroom access. But was this costly alternative suggested by Ivanka and Jared? There is disagreement as to who made this pricey decision.

Who ordered the secret bathroom?

As noted in the Washington Post piece, the choice to rent an apartment for bathroom access cost over $100,000 in taxpayer money over the years. A White House spokesperson vehemently denied to The Hill that Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner forbade Secret Service agents from using their bathroom. “This is just another false narrative … Ivanka and Jared made clear that their home would always be open to the incredible men and women on their detail.” The Washington Post explained that it’s not “unusual” for “arrangements that allow for some distance between Secret Service agents and those they guard.”

According to the spokesperson’s statement, the Secret Service actually rented out the $3,000 a month apartment on their own accord. “It was only after a decision by the USSS was made that their detail sought other accommodations,” the spokesperson said. Ivanka and Jared previously made headlines when they moved into their home in 2017, as the Secret Service’s presence caused tension between them and their Kalorama neighbors.

The couple decided to relocate to Florida following Donald Trump’s loss of the 2020 election. They purchased a home listed around $30 million in an ultra-exclusive area in Miami, Fla. known as “The Billionaire’s Bunker,” as reported by Page Six. Apparently, not everyone in that neighborhood was thrilled to see members of the Trump family move there, and a source told the publication that the couple would not be welcomed at the nearby Indian Creek Country Club.

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