In August 2017, first daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner took a vacation with their three children to Vermont. The trip came immediately following the deadly white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville. Both Ivanka and Jared work in the White House as senior aides to the president.
After the tragedy in Charlottesville, Ivanka, Jared, and their children spent two days at a lavish Barnard, Vermont high-end resort, Twin Farms. The couple was only in Vermont for 2 days, but taxpayers foot the bill for the Secret Service to be at the luxury resort for eight days. The Secret Service bill for the family’s 2-day jaunt was a whopping $13,940.
The New York Daily News received information expense reports from the trip with a Freedom of Information Act request. The hotel rates in the area during that period of time in August shot up. According to the US General Services Administration, typically room rates in that area were only half what the government paid to accommodate the secret service during Ivanka and Jared’s trip. The government was permitted to spend extravagantly on the secret service accommodations because hotel costs were “at a premium” and were in “high demand.”
Ivanka and Jared did not attend the press conference held after the neo-Nazi rally that ended in the death of Heather Heyer, 32, who was counter-protesting the hate-filled white supremacist rally when a neo-Nazi drove his car into the crowd.
Only two days after the event, President Trump spoke to reporters in Trump Tower. During his remarks, the president equated the neo-Nazis with the peaceful counter-protestors. He blamed “both sides” for the tragic violence in Charlottesville. The president also claimed there were “very fine people” on both sides.
Meanwhile, Ivanka and Jared spent thousands of dollars in taxpayer funds to vacation while the nation struggled with the reality of increasing racial violence, spurned by the president they both serve.