Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are reportedly planning a vacation to catch up on some down time after the turmoil of the last few months in the wake of the November 2020 presidential election.
“They’re looking forward to having a clean break. They haven’t yet gone into what comes next and their government work is done. It is a moment in their lives to focus exclusively on family and just relax,” a source was cited by Vanity Fair as saying.
Donald Trump lost the presidency to his Democratic rival, despite claims the election had been ‘rigged’ and ‘stolen’ from him, with the Capitol riots on 6 January as Congress met to certify Joe Biden’s win adding further anguish to his final days in office.
Accused of having whipped up his supporters through tweets and rallies to indulge in the violence that resulted in five people dead, the House of Representatives voted to impeach Trump a second time, while state attorneys general discuss postpresidency investigations into the family’s business and campaign practices.
‘Eyeing a Break’
As Donald Trump and former FLOTUS Melania Trump jetted off to Florida on Wednesday, skipping the traditional attendance of the swearing-in ceremony of the 46th President of the United States, Democrat Joe Biden and his vice-president, Kamala Harris, the power couple of ex-White House advisors, are eyeing a break.
Earlier, they moved out of their Washington, DC, home, and reportedly signed a one-year lease on a luxury condo in Miami, according to a source cited by CNN.
With a holiday in the cards, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner had been suggested earlier as mulling going to the Yellowstone Club, a private residential 2,200 acre ski club in Big Sky, Montana.
Yellowstone Club, the world’s only private ski and golf community, offers exclusive access to the good life. Situated on 13,600 of the most pristine acreage near Big Sky, Montana, and Yellowstone National... pic.twitter.com/Wbf5mJG3ki— ELYSIAN Magazine (@ReadElysian) December 27, 2019
The place boasts a star-studded list of members, such as Bill Gates, Eric Schmidt, and Justin Timberlake. The destination has the added advantage of being home to Joshua Kushner, Jared Kushner’s brother.
The couple’s friend Ron Burkle, a billionaire investor who co-owns the Pittsburgh Penguins and Soho House, as well as several significant properties, also resides there.
Burkle was the one to offer his Montana property to the couple, according to four sources cited by the outlet.
However, Yellowstone Club’s safety protocols, installed due to the coronavirus pandemic, oblige the retreat to limit the number of guests allowed to stay.
Ron Burkle was also reported as having suggested several of his other properties as potential vacation destinations, yet the couple declined, and narrowed down the options to settle on Florida.
Florida ‘Home Base’
The two former White House advisors were reported to have rented an unfurnished apartment in an oceanfront building in Miami’s Surfside neighbourhood for at least the next year, as they wait for construction work to be completed on a property they acquired from famed Spanish singer Julio Iglesias.
The couple signed off on the $32.2 million deal on Indian Creek, a luxury island community in Miami-Dade County, Florida, in December 2020.
In December, the couple closed on a $32.2 million lot on Indian Creek, a luxury island community in Miami-Dade County, Florida. The village’s population was last tallied at 86 people—several of whom are billionaires https://t.co/L1OCmSWu5n pic.twitter.com/1x6QE3Yfjk— Forbes (@Forbes) January 17, 2021
In a week of symbolic last gestures, the 39-year-old former First Daughter and her husband on 19 January brought their three children to the Oval Office for a private goodbye to their grandfather as president.
Later, a group photo was taken together with all the assistants to the former POTUS.
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner had spent the final week ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration helping Donald Trump with his last-minute pardon frenzy, while several weeks earlier, Charles Kushner, Jared’s father, also received a pardon for his fraud and witness tampering-related crimes.
The president’s daughter Ivanka and son in law Jared Kushner, both senior advisors, spent much of the day at the White House before heading out. pic.twitter.com/H2MZ0ZtCiV— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) January 16, 2021
On Wednesday, the Trump-Kushner’s waved the outgoing president Donald Trump off as together with the ex-FLOTUS he embarked Air Force One to head for Mar-a-Lago, his Palm Beach resort where he intends to spend his post-presidency.
Prior to that, the young couple attended Trump’s farewell speech at Joint Base Andrews.
Some speculate there might be more of an agenda behind the Florida move, suggesting the Sunshine State could witness Ivanka Trump set up a base for a political future in her own right.
“For the Trumps, Florida is home base… Ivanka and Jared will absolutely be welcome here,” Jorge Luis Lopez, a Miami-based Republican strategist, was cited by the Evening Standard as saying.
According to Lopez, he would not rule out the contentious possibility of Ivanka Trump’s 2022 primary run against sitting Florida senator Marco Rubio, whom her father beat to win the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.