Secret Service agents assigned to protect Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner were denied access to bathrooms in the couple’s house and had to rent a nearby basement for $3,000 a month simply to use the toilet, a surreal report by The Washington Post revealed on Thursday.
Trump and Kushner’s six-bedroom, 5,000-square-foot home is located in Washington, D.C.’s Kalorama neighborhood — where the Obamas and other elite political figures reside — and contains six bathrooms that were off-limits to the Secret Service detail assigned to protect the pair.
According to the report, which cited neighbors and local law enforcement officials, agents were forced to resort to unorthodox measures simply to relieve themselves. They frequented nearby businesses, drove to Vice President Mike Pence’s home at D.C.’s Naval Observatory and used a bathroom in the Obamas’ nearby garage that had been converted into a Secret Service command area.
Eventually, after a member of the team protecting Trump and Ivanka left an “unpleasant mess” in the Obama bathroom, they were banned from the garage.
White House spokesman Judd Deere told The Washington Post that Trump and Kushner had never denied agents access to their bathrooms, and “it was only after a decision by the [Secret Service] was made that their detail sought other accommodations.”
These alternate accommodations were found after a port-a-potty set up for the agents drew protests from Kalorama residents in 2017. From Sept. 27, 2017, onwards, they rented an 820-square-foot basement with a “tidy bathroom” from Kay Kendall, chair of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. At $3,000 a month in rent, the basement has cost $144,000 in taxpayer dollars thus far.
A number of voices across social media chimed in on the remarkable nature of the Post’s story — with several citing the similarities to the plot of the 2009 novel and 2011 film “The Help,” where a maid in Jackson, Mississippi, is fired for using the bathroom of her employers.
Jared and Ivanka won’t let Secret Service agents use their bathroom. Monsters. So agents have to drive to the Obamas’ house to use the facilities. And that works until somebody on the Trump detail wrecks that bathroom so hard the Obama detail bans them. This is in the newspaper!
— Jon Lovett (@jonlovett) January 14, 2021
Imagine treating secret service agents as “the help” but then again imagine treating any person as “the help.”
And imagine that meaning you don’t let people use your bathroom. Like, seriously, I try not to get bogged down in this sort of trivia, but what the hell? https://t.co/0wIIyuaaYH
— Jason Kander (@JasonKander) 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
I see that Ivanka and Jared read the book “The Help” https://t.co/CZs6tQYQA5
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) January 14, 2021
This reminds me of when in The Help, Minny wasn’t allowed to use the restroom so she made that shit pie… Just saying. pic.twitter.com/IByMF4abbo
— Celia 🌌 (@CeliaSRR14) January 14, 2021
Read The Washington Post’s full report here.
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This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.