After Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner moved to their gilded Northwest Washington Zip code with their three young children, they received a handwritten note welcoming them from neighbors.
However, the neighbors became less patient when two “No Parking” signs appeared outside the house and Secret Service SUVs began swallowing spots on Tracy Place NW, their block in the Kalorama neighborhood.
On Monday, city workers installed two additional “No Parking” signs, outside the neighbor Friedman’s residence next door, not in front of Trump’s house. She started writing emails then.
On Friday city workers removed the signs outside Friedman’s house after discussions between the Secret Service and aides to Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D).
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After President Trump’s election, the Trump-Kushner clan, as well as former president Barack Obama and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson all moved to the Kalorama neighborhood. The residents are used to hosting Washington dignitaries.
The neighbors put up with the Secret Service blockade on both ends of Belmont Road NW, the nearby street where Obama lives. And they appreciate that the Secret Service placed a few relatively unobtrusive orange cones outside Tillerson’s house on 24th Street NW. However, they don’t appreciate the security surrounding the six-bedroom house Trump and Kushner rent.
Pedestrians can’t use the sidewalk bordering the house along Tracy Place and Kalorama Road due to metal barricades. Clusters of Secret Service agents linger on the pavement, conversing in loud voices and even changing their shirts in public view.
Former congressman, Toby Moffett, lives in the neighborhood, he frames the conflict in purely ideological terms: “We’re just a little story in a cosmic, bigger story, which is the whole Trump phenomenon and how they push their way around.”
A spokesman for the Secret Service said: “The Secret Service makes every effort to collaborate with businesses and residents to minimize disruptions, while simultaneously maintaining the highest level of security for the individuals we are mandated to protect.”
Five neighbors complained when city workers installed the “No Parking” signs at the request of the Secret Service
A dozen frustrated residents emailed David Bender, chair of the local Advisory Neighborhood Commission
A nearby mosque draws large gatherings of worshipers, many of whom park their cars on neighborhood streets. Meaning that parking has been a challenge in the neighborhood even before Obama, Trump and Kushner moved in.
On Friday, the mayoral aides negotiated a deal with the Secret Service to remove two of the four “No Parking” signs thanks to the neighbors’ complaints.
Trump and Kushner are occasionally seen around the neighborhood, like last Sunday at a local playground with their children. However, neighbors say they rarely see the couple for the most part.