Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s neighbors in their new, upscale Washington, D.C. community of Kalorama say the power couple has “completely taken over the whole street.”
Marti Robinson, an attorney who lives across from the couple on Tracy Place NW, told the Washington Post that the security presence around their property is so severe that “sometimes there are 10 cars out here.”
Last Monday, “No Parking” signs were installed outside the home of Rhoni Friedman, another attorney who lives next door to Trump and Kushner’s 6,870-square-foot house.
Their exasperation peaked Monday when city workers installed two additional “No Parking” signs—not in front of Trump’s house, but outside Friedman’s residence next door.
“I started screaming,” Friedman told the Post. On Friday, after Friedman sent several e-mails and the Secret Service reached an agreement with mayoral aides, workers removed the “No Parking” signs outside her house. The ones next door remain, though, along with metal barricades that prevent pedestrians from walking on that side of the street. They reportedly form a wider barrier than “a few relatively unobtrusive orange cones” placed outside Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s home around the corner.
Then there’s the garbage. In addition to taking up many of the neighborhood’s parking spaces, the family has left “trash bags at the curb for days,” the Associated Press reports. The couple and their staff haven’t bothered to learn the garbage pickup schedule, neighbors said.
“It has been a three-ring circus from the day that they’ve moved in,” Robinson told the Associated Press.
A Secret Service spokesperson said representatives from the agency met with neighbors and city officials on Friday morning, and in an email to the Post, wrote that the agency “makes every effort to collaborate with businesses and residents to minimize disruptions, while simultaneously maintaining the highest level of security for the individuals we are mandated to protect.”
For her part, Ivanka Trump seems happy in her new home: “We love the neighborhood and our family has received an incredibly gracious welcome from our neighbors,” she said in a statement an aide gave to the Associated Press.