Neighbors claimed the Secret Service detail with the Kushners was a nuisance as the agents were “chatting loudly” outside the $5.5 million mansion and the family hadn’t picked up the trash schedule weeks after moving in.
But according to a Financial Times report, the shoe designer has managed to win over at least some of her fellow Kalorama residents:
“How Ivanka has dealt with this local kerfuffle offers insight into her role in the Trump court. Part goodwill ambassador, part court consigliere, she has the most access to her father. In Kalorama, Ivanka employed her own brand of diplomacy. She knocked on each of her neighbors’ doors with stealth weapons in tow: her children and baked goods. The blatant PR offensive was highly effective. ‘Lovely, just lovely,’ says Rhona Friedman, a lawyer and neighbor who had been wary. ‘People who know her say the same thing: that she’s very gracious.’”
Friedman had previously been reported telling the Associated Press “No Parking” signs had started cropping up around the neighborhood but the last straw for her was a similar sign outside her own house.
“I started screaming,” she said at the time, adding that the parking spots were freed up only after she started emailing people about it.
“It has been a three-ring circus from the day that they’ve moved in,” another neighbor Marietta Robinson, who lives across the street, told AP. “They’ve completely ruined the neighborhood.”
Those much have been some really delicious baked goods!