For most families, the most natural thing to do in times of crisis is to unite and face the struggle together. But president Donald Trump’s family seems to follow a different and very disturbing principle: In times of crisis, they hide.
The White House is reeling from President Donald Trump’s Tuesday firing of FBI Director James Comey and subsequent fallout. Vice President Mike Pence, press secretary Sean Spicer and deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders scrambled to defend the decision.
Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are the president’s closest advisors. But Where are they? Where are Eric and Donald Trump Jr? Where’s Melania?
On more than one occasion, Trump’s family has been seemingly absent when the going gets tough.
In March, while the administration’s first crack at repealing Obamacare struggled to gain traction, Jared, Ivanka, Eric and Donald Trump Jr were on the slopes in Aspen, Colorado, for a family tradition ski trip.
In April, when leaks of infighting within the administration were on top of the news cycle, Jared and Ivanka were celebrating Passover at the Four Seasons Whistler in Canada. Eric and Donald Trump Jr. were spotted hunting endangered species in Africa, according to reports.
And this week was no exception. The President’s daughter and son-in-law have gone under the radar and away from the cameras following news of Comey’s departure.
Ivanka Trump spoke at an event honoring military families just before the news of Comey’s departure broke late Tuesday afternoon. She had not made any public appearances since.
She posts prolifically on social media — sometimes multiple times a day. But following Monday snaps from a visit to a popular Hirshhorn Museum exhibit and a meeting with biomedical community leaders, she’s been relatively quiet compared to her usual posting pattern —sharing only a photo from her trip to Berlin and an #FBF from a September visit to Virginia Beach.
Jared and Ivanka’s absences have allowed them to avoid any major gaffes or mishaps — or taking a position one way or the other — as hot-button issues have played out.
The President’s daughter recently assumed an official role in the administration as an adviser. She moved into a West Wing office and obtained a security clearance in late March. She serves as her father’s eyes and ears on a variety of issues, including women’s economic empowerment and education.
Kushner also has a broad portfolio within the West Wing, where he has an influential purview over a range of foreign and domestic policy issues. He is heading up the Office of American Innovation, a new White House office aimed at reforming the federal government through private-sector solutions.
A Quinnipiac University poll released last month found that a majority of registered voters disapprove of the adviser roles held by Trump and Kushner. About 53% of respondents said the first daughter playing a significant role in the White House is not appropriate, compared with 36% who said it was appropriate and 10% who did not have an opinion. About 53% said Kushner’s role was not appropriate, compared to 32% of respondents who said it was appropriate and 15% who did not know.
First lady Melania Trump, who has spent most of her time apart from President Donald Trump since he was inaugurated in January, is nowhere to be found.
In an interview with Bloomberg, the president said the family was “all set” to move and that Barron just got “into a good school,” but Melania Trump’s office has not publicly confirmed the timeline.