Defying social distancing rules, Ivanka Trump travels for Jewish holiday
Ignoring social distancing guidelines laid down by her own father, the President of United States Donald Trump, to fight coronavirus, Ivanka Trump flew from Washington DC to New Jersey to celebrate Passover, a major Jewish holiday. Ivanka was accompanied by her husband Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to the White House, and their three kids. Jared is Jewish and Ivanka converted before their marriage.
She celebrated festival with her family, confirmed an official
New York Times had first reported the news, with White House later confirming that the President's elder daughter left Washington. A White House media person confirmed to the portal that Ivanka rang in the festival "in private with her family at a closed-down facility considered to be a family home". Saying she didn't travel commercially, the officer noted there is no ban on flying.
Ivanka continued to work from Bedminster
Reportedly, the President's daughter went to Trump National Golf Club, Bedminster, for the festival. While Jared returned to Washington to help Trump in the battle against coronavirus, Ivanka continued working from Bedminster. On Wednesday, she was involved in at least two calls of President Trump. The conversations were centered around the reopening of the economy. Ivanka opines small industries will help recover the country.
Earlier, Ivanka asked Americans to stay indoors
Ivanka going for the trip is ironic, to say the least since she has emerged as a big supporter of "Stay At Home". On March 30, she posted a video saying, "Those lucky enough to be in a position to stay at home, please, please do so." She also urged Americans to follow federal guidelines which say people should maintain a six-feet distance.
You can watch the video here
In these toughest of times, America shows her spirit and strength. This will end and we will emerge stronger than ever before.— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) March 30, 2020
In the meantime, social distancing saves lives! Please do your part. We are all in this together. 💛
[Part 1] pic.twitter.com/iYzMunLJyO
Washington and New Jersey are under 'Stay At Home' orders
Just a day before Passover, on April 7, Ivanka had shared a message of New Jersey's Governor Phil Murphy where he asked residents to thank health workers by staying at home for them. Murphy, a member of the Democratic Party, also asked people who have second homes in New Jersey to avoid traveling. Stay At Home orders are imposed in both Washington and Jersey.
Her travel was not commercial: White House
Rushing to defend Ivanka after the NYT article came out, the White House said on Thursday, "Her travel was no different than if had she been traveling to/from work and the location was less populated than the surrounding area near her home in DC." The statement added, "At Bedminster she has been practising social distancing and working remotely. Her travel was not commercial."
Nearly 35,000 have died of COVID-19 in the US
Meanwhile, the COVID-19 disease has left the US bruised and battered. According to Worldometers, 34,641 have died and a total of 678,144 have been infected. "The data suggests that nationwide, we have passed the peak of new cases. Hopefully, that will continue, and we will continue to make great progress," Trump said on Wednesday. He is looking to reopen the economy by next month.