Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump have slammed what they call ‘gossip’ parents at their children’s former school after they reportedly complained about the couple flouting COVID-19 guidelines and attending White House events without masks.
The couple, who have three children, had sent them to $28,400-a-year Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School since moving to the capital in 2017. On October 19 they moved them to Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy in Maryland, where fees go up to $25,270.
At the time it was said the move, shortly after Donald Trump and other White House officials tested positive for the virus, was down to the fact Berman offered more in person classes amid the ongoing pandemic.
But the Jewish Telegraphic Agency now reports how other parents had expressed worries at seeing the couple attending events in support of the president and in close contact with people who had been at functions where COVID-19 was spread.
The school is said to have failed to reach a compromise with the couple on the issue and the children were withdrawn. A spokesman for Milton said: ‘They withdrew from the school.’
White House Spokeswoman Carolina Hurley told DailyMail.com on Thursday: ‘Unnamed sources attacking a family’s decision about what is best for their kids in the middle of a pandemic is shameful.
‘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.’
Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner board Air Force One with their children Arabella and Joseph in September. The couple withdrew their children from the Jewish day school they attended in Washington DC after parents there reportedly voiced concerns the couple were flouting COVID-19 safety guidelines
Kushner takes his children to school last month. The couple, who have three children, had sent them to Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School since moving to the capital in 2017. On October 19 they moved them to Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy in Maryland
A spokesman for Milton, pictured, told the website: ‘They withdrew from the school.’ But three parents said the move came after parents raised concerns the couple had not been following rules put in place by the school in an effort to stop the spread of the virus
One unnamed mom had said: ‘There was concern for the safety of children because it was very clear the Kushner parents were violating public health recommendations.
‘At the same time of rising cases in the states and children going back to school, we were seeing the Kushners violating quarantine requirements.’
Amy Coney Barrett’s ceremonial nomination to the Supreme Court was said to have been one of the White House events that caused alarm. Jared and Ivanka were not thought to have been at the function but did come into close contact with those they were and later tested positive.
Ivanka was then seen maskless, along with the rest of her family, at the presidential debate in Cleveland. Days later her father, and first lady Melania tested positive.
When the president tested positive on October 2 parents are said to have also asked for details on when he had last seen the couple and their children.
A maskless Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump arrive on the South Lawn for a ceremony at the White House in September. One unnamed mom said: ‘At the same time of rising cases in the states and children going back to school, we were seeing the Kushners violating quarantine requirements’
Eric Trump and Senior Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump, right, are pictured maskless for the first Presidential Debate at the Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, on September 29
Maskless members of the Trump family (L-R) Eric Trump, Ivanka Trump, Tiffany Trump and Donald Trump Jr. in the audience shortly before Trump and Joe Biden participate in the first 2020 presidential election debate at Samson Pavilion in Cleveland in September
Amy Coney Barrett’s ceremonial nomination to the Supreme Court, pictured, on September 26 was said to have been one of the White House events that caused alarm
In its guidelines Milton had asked that: ‘Students and families are expected to adhere to any and all social distancing guidelines and mask requirements while not on campus to minimize the risk of contracting COVID-19 as well as reducing the risk of exposing employees and/or MILTON’s students to COVID-19.
‘To help reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure at the School, the School asks all families to limit their attendance at large public or private gatherings, events, and other activities to those where social distancing can be maintained and guidance regarding masks is followed.
‘Families and students should avoid hosting or attending large gatherings where proper social distancing measures are not feasible.’
Parents had expressed worries at seeing the couple attending events in support of the president and in close contact with people who had been at functions where COVID-19 was spread. The couple is pictured with Arabella and Joseph in September
The First Daughter, Ivanka Trump,38, leaves her DC home on Thursday morning
Ivanka joined her father as he commemorated Veterans Day at Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday.
The White House senior adviser wore a protective black floral mask for the event. It’s unclear if her husband was also there.
On Saturday, former Vice President Biden was named president-elect, sparking celebration across the country. Yet, President Trump has refused to accept the results, making unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud and filing lawsuits in several states.
Ivanka has been quietly urging her father to throw in the towel and concede the election to Biden, as she sets her sights on her own future White House run, well-placed sources exclusively told DailyMail.com.
Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and their children – Arabella, 8, Joseph, 6, and Theodore, 4 – enjoy their Fourth of July weekend this year
Behind the scenes, the First Daughter has been pushing for Trump and his administration to admit defeat, saying during a senior staff meeting it was an ‘honor to serve the people and people should be happy with what they accomplished.’
An insider with close ties to the Trump family explained: ‘Ivanka has her own agenda. She’s has had her eyes on the desk behind the Oval Office since day one and she’s not about to burn any bridges by mouthing off like Don Jr. who keeps lashing out on Twitter.
‘Everything she puts out is calculated and well thought out because she’s always looking at the big picture.’