Shocking allegations have been levelled at the daughter and son-in-law of Donald Trump, sparking a new wave of anger and ridicule from the public.
Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner banned Secret Service officers, tasked with protective their lives, from using any of the six bathrooms in their mansion, The Washington Post has reported.
Instead, officers reportedly had to relieve themselves in a portable toilet in the yard, until neighbours complained about the sight. After that they started using a bathroom in the home of former president Barack Obama.
One agent however, reportedly made an unforgivable mess in the bathroom inside Obama’s garage - which the former president’s protective detail had turned into a command post - and agents then had to find an alternative bathroom location.
For a while, agents made the nearly two kilometre commute to use the bathroom at the home of Vice President Mike Pence, and eventually found a more permanent arrangement.
The Secret Service sourced a more reliable rest stop in the basement of another home in the exclusive Kalorama neighbourhood in Washington.
Use of the rented bathroom, which began in September 2017, has been setting taxpayers back AU$3,800 a month, accumulating to nearly AU$130,000 to date.
White House spokesperson denies bathroom report
A spokesperson from the White House rubbished allegations the agents were banned from using the toilets by the couple, instead insisting it was as the Secret Service’s choice to not allow protective detail inside the home.
The claim was refuted by a law enforcement official, who told the publication agents were restricted from heading inside at the request of the family.
“It’s the first time I ever heard of a Secret Service detail having to go to these extremes to find a bathroom,” a law enforcement official told The Washington Post.
Social media fury over bathroom revelation
Reaction to the news has been fierce, with people unable to fathom why the family could not allocate at least one of their half dozen bathrooms to the taskforce.
“It’s not like they didn’t have plenty of bathrooms! Give them one designated bathroom just for them to use. It’s easy!! Can you imagine someone denying another person using the toilet. That’s just cruel. But then, look who it is,” one person responded ono Twitter.
“There’s also a 0% chance Jared or Ivanka ever had to clean the bathrooms themselves. But yes the Trumps are really in tune with working Americans,” someone else wrote.
Secret Service agents were walking down the street to BARACK OBAMA'S HOUSE and using his bathroom while they were on the job, because Ivanka and Jared wouldn't let the agents use their toilets. https://t.co/YKXXrmazaI
— Jill Filipovic (@JillFilipovic) January 14, 2021
Jared and Ivanka made the Secret Service (taxpayers) pay $3000 a month just to rent a separate bathroom from a neighbor
But Americans don’t deserve $2000 to weather the pandemic, which was largely due to Jared’s bungling
Make that make sense
— Lindy Li (@lindyli) January 14, 2021
“They are just the trashiest, most entitled, rudest people. Can’t wait til the trump crime family is out,” another said.
The news came a day after Trump was impeached for a second time following the violence that unfolded at the US Capitol on the day Congress confirmed Joe Biden the new president.
Trump will now face a Senate trial, however the Senate is in recess and is not scheduled to return until January 19.
This means actual removal seems unlikely before the January 20 inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.
Trump issued a bizarre video statement after the impeachment decision, where he denounced the riots at the US Capitol last week but made no mention of the impeachment itself.
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