While the majority of the Trump’s family are expected to return to Manhattan when his presidency ends on January 20, Ivanka and Jared appear to be making preparations for elsewhere, according to the New York Times.
The couple are reportedly in the process of submitting plans to town officials in Bedminster, New Jersey, seeking to extend their ‘cottage’ on the grounds of the Trump National Golf Club.
Their plans reportedly call for an expanded master bedroom, bath and dressing room, two new bedrooms, a study, and a ground floor veranda – homely additions that hint that the property may be set to become their permanent abode.
Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner are reportedly eyeing up a permanent move to New Jersey when Donald Trump’s presidency comes to an end in January
Ivanka and Jared have reportedly submitted blue prints to town officials in Bedminster, New Jersey, seeking to extend their ‘cottage’ (shown above) on the grounds of the Trump National Golf Club
The couple recently expanded the home by 2,500 square feet back in 2015, adding a basement, a new chimney and a fireplace sitting room, photos posted to the First Daughter’s Instagram page show.
Should the new renovations be approved by town officials, it would make the ‘cottage’ more comparable to the couple’s $5 million house they currently rent for $15,000 per-month in the esteemed Washington neighborhood of Kalorama.
The Trump National Golf Club is also reportedly submitting plans which call for five more ‘cottages’, each boasting 5,000 square-feet, a recreation complex with pickleball courts, a spa and a yoga complex, in addition to a relocated heliport and a general store.
A friend of the family told the Times that the renovations have been underway for some time, but representatives of the president are set to present the plans to officials on December 3.
Ivanka and Jared are believed to deem the prospect of returning to New York to be impossible now, following Trump’s tumultuous presidency.
‘In an odd way, they will even have a harder time than Trump himself [returning to New York], brand management mogul Donny Deutsch told the Times. ‘He’s despicable but larger than life. Those two are the hapless minions who went along.’
When the Trump family moved into the White House, Ivanka and Jared had convinced observers they’d provide a moderating voice in the West Wing. But throughout the turbulent four years that have followed, the couple have reportedly struggled to fit in.
The couple recently expanded the home by 2,500 square feet back in 2015, adding a basement, a new chimney and a fireplace sitting room, photos posted to the First Daughter’s Instagram page show (A picture of Arabella’s bedroom is shown above)
The gold club (shown above) is also planning to expand on its plot, with five more cottages and a new recreation facility said to be in the works
Ivanka and Jared are believed to deem the prospect of returning to New York to be impossible now (pictured: People walk by billboards by The Lincoln Project showing Ivanka Trump presenting the number of New Yorkers and Americans who have died due to COVID-19 and Jared Kushner with a Vanity Fair quote, reading: ‘New Yorkers will suffer … that’s their problem’)
The Times highlighted the couple’s experience with the Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School, located in DC, to compound this idea.
The couple, dubbed ‘Javanka’, enrolled their two eldest children in the private elementary school in 2017, which reportedly divided opinion among parents.
According to the outlet, a number of parents lobbied for the school to refuse the Trump children admission, while others urged tolerance, for the children were ‘not guilty for what they saw as the sins of their grandfather’.
But once enrolled, tensions purportedly grew even more fraught as parents found the couple’s heavy security details to be disruptive and an annoyance, four parents told the Times.
To make matters worse, the Trump family’s apparent habit of occupying the entirety of the first two rows with their entourage at school events reportedly irked parents further.
The tensions reportedly came to a dramatic culmination this fall, following the White House Rose Garden event held to announce Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
The event, which featured few masks and a flagrant disregard for social distancing protocol, was later dubbed a super spreading event after dozens of West Wing staff tested positive for COVID-19, including President Trump who was later hospitalized.
Parents were reportedly in uproar back at the school after Ivanka and Jared were said to be uncooperative when administrators quizzed them about potential exposure, allegedly refusing to answer when their kids had last been exposed to Donald Trump. Their youngest was said to be attending in-person classes at the time.
Amid the fallout, the family then withdrew their children from the school on October 19, and enrolled them in a different one in nearby Rockville.
Ivanka and Jared (pictured with Trump) are said to have struggled to fit in with the elites of Washington DC, even recently having to change their children’s schools
Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School (above) refused to comment on rumors of unrest between the Kushner and other parents at the school
In a statement, White House spokesperson Carolina Hurley denied the Kushner’s decision to change their children’s’ school was propelled by parental unrest.
‘Unnamed sources attacking a family’s decision about what is best for their kids in the middle of a pandemic is shameful,’ Hurley told the Times. ‘As is true for all families, schooling choices and education are deeply personal decisions and they owe no one, especially idle gossips seeking press attention, an explanation.’
Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School, meanwhile, refused to be drawn on the speculation.
‘Our school community has made extraordinary efforts to provide a safe and supportive learning environment during these challenging times. As is our longstanding policy, we do not discuss individual students and families,’ the school said in a statement.
While the Times’ sources suggest friends were hard to come by for Ivanka in DC, it’s believed allies may also be hard to come by for the First Daughter in New York, after her father’s one-term as president ends.
A large contributing factor behind the idea is said to be because of her transformation from a perceived moderating influence to conservative culture warrior – particularly as Trump’s 2020 campaign hit top gear.
‘For the first time in a long time, we have a president who has called out Washington’s hypocrisy, and they hate him for it,’ Ivanka declared at the Republican National Convention back in August. ‘Dad, people attack you for being unconventional, but I love you for being real.’
Days before Election Day, she also asserted: ‘I am pro-life, and unapologetically so.’
Jared and Ivanka are pictured with their children during Tuesday’s annual turkey pardoning event in the White House Rose Garden
Christopher Buckley, a comic author who released a satire novel about the Trump administration, told the Times that ‘Washington tends to be more tolerant of fellow swamp creatures, who are continually in and out of favor.’
However, he warned that such tolerance does not extend to ‘Manhattan, where “in” and “out” lists are sacred tablets.
‘There might be more Grubhub than La Grenouille in their dining future,’ he added.
But Georgina Bloomberg, the daughter of billionaire Mike Bloomberg – who forked out $1 billion to defeat Trump – voiced hopes that the Big Apple’s reception to Ivanka will be less hostile.
‘I think she’s a wonderful, smart person, and she’s handled the situation really, really well,’ Bloomberg told the Times. ‘At the end of the day it’s her father, and she’s very quick to get a lot of criticism that she doesn’t deserve.’
While the couple’s next place of permanent residence is yet to be publicly confirmed, where business matters are concerned, the couple will likely be spoiled for choice.
Two source close to the couple suggested to the Times that Ivanka may even relaunch her jewelry and clothing brands – but this time specifically geared towards her conservative fanbase.