The US Secret Service has been renting a small basement studio apartment in Washington, DC, near the home of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump in order for agents to use the bathroom and have office space, several American media outlets have reported.
The apartment was needed to provide a “downtime” facility in the Kalorama neighborhood in Northwest Washington. The neighborhood is a popular residential area for dignitaries and diplomats, in addition to the President’s daughter and son-in-law. Former President Barack Obama also has a home in the neighborhood.
“There is also office space with Internet and a printer, as well as a kitchen, where agents can refuel after long shifts and during hours where finding open restaurants in the area proves challenging.”
The Kushner-Trump home is substantial in size, at 5,000 square feet, and has six bedrooms and seven bathrooms. But, the agents on the family’s protective detail do not enter the home, reports said.
Initially agents resorted to using the facilities in the homes of Vice President Mike Pence and former President Barack Obama but eventually came to a more permanent and comfortable solution.
The Washington Post reported that the federal government rented the space for $3,000 a month since 2017 and have spent a whopping $144,000 till date.