The president’s daughter and senior White House adviser was reported to have traveled more than 200 miles with her family to the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster for the first day of Passover, which was on April 8 this year.
She was joined by her husband Jared Kushner, who is also a senior adviser to her father’s administration, and their three children, as they took the trip from their home in Washington DC, according to the New York Times.
Sources who spoke to the newspaper said Ivanka remained in Bedminster after April 8 and continued to work by taking phone and video calls.
Last sighting: White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump was last seen in the White House at a small business relief update’ video conference at the White House in Washington on April 7
White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, the daughter and assistant to president arriving for a news conference in February
The trip goes against not only federal advice but her own words in a video posted on March 30, telling Americans to ‘please, please’ stay at home and that ‘social distancing saves lives’.
In a clip posted on her Twitter and Instagram accounts, Ivanka said: ‘Those lucky enough to be in a position to stay at home, please, please do so. Each and every one of us plays a role in slowing the spread.’
According to the Times, Ivanka has been saying the Bedminster golf club is currently closed and therefore more socially distant than her mansion in the Kalorama neighborhood of Washington.
It is unclear how she traveled. She and Kushner both receive Secret Service protection so she could have been driven there by agents, a road journey of just under four hours.
She may also have flown either by commercial flight from Washington D.C. to Newark, or by government plane.
Any journey would have therefore involved her Secret Service detail possibly breaking social distancing unnecessarily.
It is unclear when she traveled; she was last seen on April 7 at the White House, while her husband was seen leaving their Kalorama home on April 8 – the day Passover began – apparently to go to work.
He was seen again in Washington D.C. on Tuesday 14, suggesting that he traveled back separately, again with Secret Service protection.
Since the start of this month, she also posted another video from the same room in which she said the White House was ‘deeply committed’ to small businesses and that the administration was ‘fighting for you’ through the Paycheck Protection Program, which was launched signed into law at the end of March.
President Donald Trump speaking during the daily briefing on the coronavirus the White House yesterday
Ivanka posted a pictured on Monday of her with daughter Arabella wearing homemade face masks and advised followers to adhere to the CDC guidelines
Another Instagram picture posted on Monday showed Ivanka and her daughter, Arabella, wearing homemade face masks, advising people to follow the CDC’s guidelines on facial protection.
On March 16, the White house published The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines that advised Americans to ‘avoid discretionary travel’ such as ‘shopping trips and social visits’.
By March 30 the White House issued more guidelines on social distancing.
The city of Washington D.C. issued a stay-at-home order for all residents unless they are performing essential activities from April 1 – a week Ivanka made the trip to New Jersey.
However, New Jersey was the first in the tri-state area to issue a stay-at-home order, with state leaders ordering residents on March 21 not to leave their homes unless they are getting essential goods, seeking medical attention, or taking exercise.
This is my home: Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner share this Kalormao Heights home with their three children
And here’s where my second home is: The clubhouse of Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, where Ivanka Trump and her family traveled to celebrate Passover
Someone’s at home: Jared Kushner was seen leaving the family home in Kalorama Thursday
The White House had not immediately commented on the first daughter’s movements.
The couple have taken on key roles in the coronavirus crisis.
Ivanka Trump has been working with small businesses who are feeling the economic pain of the disease while Kushner has taken a key virus response role, fielding calls from hot-spots seeking protective gear and trying to line up deliveries.
He drew criticism when he said of the national medical stockpile: ‘The notion of the federal stockpile is that it’s supposed to be our stockpile. It’s not supposed to be states’ stockpiles that they then use.’
President Trump has credited his daughter at a small business event earlier this month with creating 15 million jobs at a time when the country has seen as many as 17 million make unemployment applications.
Trump’s business empire has started to be extensively hit by the shutdown.
On Wednesday his Trump Doral golf resort in metro Miami furloughed 560 workers, including bell hops, housekeepers and food and beverage workers.
Doral has been closed for a month, and the job losses appear to be the biggest single set of layoffs in his chain of hotels and resorts.
Last month it laid off 1,500 people across hotels and golf clubs in in New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, Las Vegas, Miami, Vancouver and Honolulu.
The latest estimate by Forbes, earlier this month, had Trump’s worth plummeting to $2.1 billion in a single month, as the coronavirus has ravaged people around the world and hammered the global economy.