Ever since Ivanka Trump moved into Washington, D.C.’s Kalorama neighborhood with her husband, Jared Kushner, and their three small children in January 2017, there have been complaints about the family’s outsize presence in the district.
In a widely-circulated interview with The Washington Post, neighbors reported that there has been an increasingly limited amount of available parking due to the influx of Secret Service. The lack of parking is also partially due to the barricades that have been set up around Trump’s Kalorama home.
Marti Robinson, a trial attorney who lives across the street, told The Washington Post, “Sometimes there are 10 cars out here ... They’ve completely taken over the whole street—as if they have the authority!”
At one point, four “No Parking” signs were installed outside the Trump-Kushner home in Kalorama. The signs were later removed after discussions between aides to Mayor Muriel E. Bowser and the Secret Service.
Curious to see the barricades causing such a kerfuffle in Kalorama, we headed out yesterday to survey the scene:
Only a few blocks away is the current residence of the 44th American president, Barack Obama—which, it should be noted, is completely blocked off to cars and pedestrians. Barricades and police cars line the street throughout Belmont Road NW and Kalorama Circle NW. As per the Post:
The neighbors are willing to put up with the Secret Service blockade on both ends of Belmont Road NW, the nearby street where Obama lives. He’s a former president, after all. And they appreciate that the State Department’s security detail placed a few relatively unobtrusive orange cones outside Tillerson’s house on 24th Street NW.
The Secret Service, for its part, said through a spokesperson that the agency “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.”
Below, see the blockades around Obama’s home in Kalorama.
• Ivanka Trump’s Secret Service detail roiling her D.C. neighbors [The Washington Post]