A White House official has confirmed that Ivanka Trump and her family traveled from Washington to Bedminster, New Jersey, last week to celebrate Passover following a report by the New York Times.
The travel came despite government advice to avoid all but essential travel. Trump had promoted this advice herself, encouraging "those lucky enough to be in a position to stay at home, please, please do so."
In these toughest of times, America shows her spirit and strength. This will end and we will emerge stronger than ever before.— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) March 30, 2020
In the meantime, social distancing saves lives! Please do your part. We are all in this together. 💛
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The official told CNN: "Ivanka -- with her immediate family -- celebrated Passover at a closed down facility considered to be a family home. Her travel was no different than had she been traveling to/from work, and the location was less populated than the surrounding area near her home in D.C."
"While at Bedminster she has been practicing social distancing and working remotely. Her travel was not commercial. She chose to spend a holiday in private with her family."
The Times explained that the travel came after "the city of Washington issued a stay-at-home order for all residents unless they are performing essential activities" on April 1.
Trump traveled with her husband, Jared Kushner, and their three children to Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in New Jersey. Jared Kusher has since returned to the White House, though Ivanka Trump remains in New Jersey.
“We’re all in this together,” Ivanka Trump had said in an earlier video posted to social media.
“We’ll emerge from this stronger than ever before, and maybe more deeply and profoundly connected with our own humanity and our core values ... Let’s do everything we can to stop the spread.”
Unsurprisingly, people weren't too happy to learn about the travel. "Ivanka Trump took her family to her father’s shuttered private club," Jake Sherman of Politico wrote. "There are families across the country who want to go somewhere to spend a holiday with their family. But they put their trust in their government, which told them to stay at home."
Yet @IvankaTrump took her family to her father’s shuttered private club. There are families across the country who want to go somewhere to spend a holiday with their family. But they put their trust in their government, which told them to stay at home. https://t.co/srZTJoWb4A— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) April 16, 2020
While another added: "Nepotistic grifters: do as I say not as I do."
Ivanka Trump isn't the only high profile person to flaunt self-isolation rules. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been criticized for reportedly continuing to work out with her personal trainer.
Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg told CNN: "At Justice Ginsburg's request, the Court has set aside the limited private space next to its health facility for Justice Ginsburg to exercise. Her doctors share her view that the training sessions are essential to her well-being."
"The space is being used exclusively by the justice," Arberg added. "No other justices are using the space, and the employee gym is closed to all users."
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has also faced criticism for continuing to go for daily walks in a park 11 miles from his home.
How about we all just stay home except for essentials?
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