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Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner do not let Secret Service agents guarding their Washington D.C. residence use any of their seven toilets, a new report revealed Thursday, forcing the agency to rent out a $3,000 per-month basement studio nearby solely for bathroom use.
Starting in September 2017 through the present day, the United State Secret Service has spent more than $100,000 in taxpayer dollars on the rental property from a neighbor of the Kushner's in Washington's elite Kalorama neighborhood.
Neighbors and law enforcement officials told The Washington Post that the Secret Service spent months searching for a reliable place to use the bathroom while agents were assigned to Kushner and Trump's detail.
Before deciding to rent out a nearby apartment, agents used a porta-potty and sometimes would visit the homes of neighbors, like former President Barack Obama, or the not-so-nearby residence of Vice President Mike Pence, to use the bathroom. They sometimes would use local businesses to relieve themselves, as well.
'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 familiar with the situation said.
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner wouldn't let Secret Service agents assigned to their detail use any of the seven bathrooms in their 5,000 square foot Washington, D.C. home © Provided by Daily Mail
Secret Service are no strangers to Kalorama, a residential neighborhood in Northwest Washington, D.C. Several have stood guard there as Cabinet secretaries and former presidents tend to take up residence in this area of the city.
The neighborhood also houses multiple embassies.
It is not unusual for there to be special arrangements to create distance between agents and those they guard. This instance, however, appears to be further complicated since the property doesn't have a separate area on the property - like garage, pool house or other outbuilding - that could be used as a break room or bathroom.
Donald Trump's daughter and son-in-law - both senior advisers to the president - have 6.5 bathrooms in their six-bedroom 5,000-square-foot D.C. home.
Kushner and Trump moved into the home in 2017 and have been renting it since then for $15,000 per-month from Chilean billionaire Andrónico Luksic.
The couple lives there with their three children, Arabella, 9, Joseph, 7, and Theodore, 4.
White House Spokesperson Judd Deere said the couple did restrict agents from using their bathrooms, claiming the Secret Service decided not to allow the protective detail inside. A law enforcement official familiar with the situation pushed back against this account, insisting the family requested agents stay out of the house.
'When discussions regarding protecting their home were initially had in 2017, Ivanka and Jared made clear that their home would always be open to the incredible men and women on their detail,' Deere said.
'It was only after a decision by the [Secret Service] was made that their detail sought other accommodations,' he continued, adding that the 'Kushners have a tremendous amount of respect for the servicemen and women on their detail and for the United States Secret Service as a whole. Their home will always be open to them and they have immense gratitude for their service over the last four years.'
Kay Kendall, who lives in a different house in Kalorama but owns the property USSS are renting, said agents knocked on her door in September 2017 requesting to rent her for-lease basement unit.
'I think it was very clear that they just needed a place to take a shower, take a break, use the facilities, have lunch,' Kendall told the Post. 'I'm happy to be able to have helped them.'
The property owner is chairwoman of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities and is married to Jack Davies, founder of AOL International.
Aside from the basement unit with rear access, the rest of the house is rented by former Connecticut Congressman Anthony 'Toby' Moffett Jr., who requested his rent be reduced if the Secret Service moved in downstairs.
The minimum for the 820-square-foot basement unit will expire on September 26, 2021 - and by then the federal agency will have paid $144,000 total for the space. © Provided by Daily MailIvanka takes children Arabella, 9, (right), Joseph, 7, (background) and Theodore, 4, (left) out for a scooter ride around Kalorama - the elite neighborhood used to seeing secret service as they guard Cabinet officials and former president's residences
'They sort of came in with the attitude, like, 'We are royalty,' Kushner and Trump's former across-the-street neighbor Dianne Bruce said of the couple.
'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,' she said, but said when the temporary bathroom option was removed she felt bad for agents assigned to their detail.
It is not clear how long Trump and Kushner plan to stay in their D.C. residence past January 20 - when President Trump's term is officially over.
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