Residents of a posh Washington neighbourhood say Ivanka Trump and her family don’t make for very good neighbours, taking up much of the parking on an already crowded street and leaving rubbish at the curb for days. A big part of the complaint: a huge security presence, with even a trip to the playground requiring three vans.
Neighbours of Trump, her husband Jared Kushner and their three children have complained of sidewalks being closed, public parking overrun and that the family and their staff haven’t learned the rubbish pick-up schedule outside their $US5.5-million home.
“It has been a three-ring circus from the day that they’ve moved in,” Marietta Robinson, who lives across the street, told The Associated Press.
The house was bought in December by a company with ties to a Chilean billionaire. The company is renting it to Kushner and Trump, who moved in just after the inauguration of her father, President Donald Trump. Both work in the White House as advisers to the president.
Residents of the area are accustomed to VIP neighbours. Former President Barack Obama and his family have lived there since he left office, and the Secret Service closed off their entire block to traffic. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos bought a home there, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also moved in recently.
Yet no one has raised the ire of the community like the Trumps. At a recent neighbourhood commission meeting, Fox News anchor Chris Wallace was among those who showed up to complain about parking problems.
“Maybe some of the upset has to do with politics a little. I couldn’t say for sure, but I know that people don’t seem to be upset about Tillerson’s situation. It’s much less intrusive,” said Ellen Goldstein, an elected neighbourhood commissioner.