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Residents Say Ivanka Trump Is A Bad Neighbor

| by Kit Bryer

First daughter Ivanka Trump, her husband Jared Kushner, and their three children moved into an upscale neighborhood in Washington, D.C., in January, but neighbors are already complaining about parking, trash, barricades and intrusive Secret Service agents. 

Neighbors say that after the family moved into the Kalorama neighborhood, about 2 miles north of the White House, Secret Service agents put up two "no parking" signs in front of the rented $5.5 million home, later adding two more signs above the parking spaces in front of next door neighbor Rhona Friedman's home. The attorney was not happy about it.

"I started screaming," Friedman told The Washington Post. Then Friedman and other neighbors began writing letters.

Other complaints have included mention of barricades being put up on the sidewalks, forcing pedestrians to cross the street, trash being left outside for days at a time and out-of-control Secret Service agents. Residents said there are too many Secret Service agents, and that they gather and talk loudly at all times of the day. Neighbors say the agents change their shirts on the sidewalk outside the Kushner home in plain view.

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"It has been a three-ring circus from the day that they've moved in," Marietta Robinson, a neighbor who lives across the street from the couple, told The Associated Press. "They've completely ruined the neighborhood."

Robinson wrote letters to Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser and other city officials describing the complaints from the residents of the neighborhood, prompting city officials to negotiate with the Secret Service to have two of the four "no parking" signs removed. District transportation crews removed the two signs from in front of Friedman's home on the morning of March 24. 

Some have suggested the complaints are politically motivated. But Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also moved into the Kalorama neighborhood and has not gotten any complaints from neighbors. 

"Maybe some of the upset has to do with politics a little," Ellen Goldstein, an elected neighborhood commissioner, told AP. "I couldn't say for sure, but I know that people don't seem to be upset about Tillerson's situation. It's much less intrusive."

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Tillerson and former President Barack Obama both moved into the neighborhood after President Donald Trump took office. 

A Secret Service spokeswoman, Nicole Mainor, said officials met with neighbors and addressed their concerns about parking and other complaints.

The first daughter didn't seem aware of any of the complaints her neighbors have expressed when she relayed a message through an aide that read, "We love the neighborhood and our family has received an incredibly gracious welcome from our neighbors."

Sources: The Washington Post, AP / Photo credit: DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Marianique Santos/Wikimedia Commons

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