Ivanka Trump travelled from Washington to New Jersey to celebrate Passover, flouting the federal coronavirus guidelines advising against discretionary travel that she has urged other Americans to follow, The New York Times reports.
A senior White House adviser and daughter of the president, Ms Trump has posted social media videos encouraging “those lucky enough to be in a position to stay at home, please, please do so.”
CNN says it has yet to receive comment from the White House.
Ms Trump has continued to work from Bedminster, while Kushner has returned to the White House to help the President with the government’s response to the coronavirus, according to the Times.
The White House federal guidelines to slow the spread of coronavirus state: “Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips, and social visits.” The White House task force has advised Americans to social distance, stay 1.8m apart from others, and to avoid social gatherings of 10 or more people.
Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has also issued a “stay-at-home” order, restricting residents to only essential activities and travel.
The centres for disease control and prevention issued a travel advisory on March 28 urging people in the tri-state area — New York, New Jersey and Connecticut — to “refrain from non-essential domestic travel” for the next two weeks, with exceptions for critical infrastructure employees.
New Jersey has been a “hot spot” for coronavirus cases, making it the second state with the most reported cases and deaths.
Trump is not the only high-profile official who has been lax about the federal guidelines of social distancing.
Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg continued to work out with her personal trainer, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio went for a walk miles from his home, and Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt and his family ate at a packed restaurant.
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