White House defends Ivanka Trump’s trip to New Jersey

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Senior White House adviser and President Donald Trump’s eldest daughter Ivanka Trump is facing criticism for going to a family resort in New Jersey earlier this month despite White House guidelines against discretionary travel.

The New York Times first reported Thursday that she traveled to Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in New Jersey with her husband, Jared Kushner and their three children to celebrate the first night of Passover, which was April 8.

Several voices on social media accused Ivanka Trump – who has strongly promoted the administration’s social distancing guidelines – of hypocrisy for leaving Washington for a seder after advising others to stay home.

“Federal guidelines against discretionary travel and DC’s stay at home order apparently don’t apply if you’re Ivanka Trump or Jared Kushner,” tweeted Philip Rucker, White House bureau chief for The Washington Post.

“Sure, Ivanka Trump could have stayed in DC as federal guidelines advised, but why do that when you can make a promotional appearance at one of your father’s properties multiple states away?” said the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

“There is not a single rule that applies to Ivanka and Jared,” tweeted Joe Lockhart, who served as White House press secretary under former President Bill Clinton. “They are the chosen ones and it’s only the rest of us that have to follow the rules.”

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