2020-11-13 18:19:45 UTC
and reclaim their socialite status - but insiders say they're in for a rude
*If Ivanka and Jared expect to seamlessly pick up where they left off in New
York they may be in for a rude awakening
*According to Ivanka's best friend, Georgina Bloomberg, 37, their return to the
city could be socially 'difficult'
*Actress Natalie Portman, who attended their wedding in 2009, has been a vocal
critic, accusing Trump of 'taking us backwards on civil rights'
*Emmy Rossum, who was also at their wedding, has also been an outspoken critic
of her former friend's father
*Ivanka is reportedly looking to make her way back into the art world and has
been keeping in touch with prominent art dealers
As her father faces down the political tide with a furious stare, Ivanka Trump
and Jared Kushner know that the jig is up. And while they haven't handed in
their his-and-her security passes quite yet, they have urged the President to
So back to New York they go, to their $4.1million Manhattan apartment at Trump's
Park Avenue building. To their temple, Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun, where the
Kushners contribute a hefty sum, and where they will be welcome with open arms.
And to the Ramaz School, the highly competitive Jewish private school where
there will likely be slots for the kids.
Nevertheless, the Kushners will have to take the same advice Ivanka gave to the
country's 18 million unemployed: it's time to, 'Find Something New.'
Because if Ivanka, 39, and Kushner, 39, expect to ease into other aspects of
their old life in New York seamlessly, they may be in for a rude awakening.
Their return to the city could be socially 'difficult,' - at least at first,
according to Ivanka's best friend, Georgina Bloomberg, 37.
Many of the couple's famous friends have become famous former friends in the
past four years.
Actress Natalie Portman who attended their wedding in 2009 and invited them to
her own in 2012 has been a vocal critic, accusing Trump of 'taking us backwards
on civil rights.'
Emmy Rossum, who was also at their wedding, responded to Trump's hot-mic 'locker
room' comments in 2016 with the tweet, 'Donald Trump thinks 'when you're a
star,' you 'can do anything' to women? Well you can't make me vote for you you
misogynistic entitled pig.'
Socialite and former Vogue editor Lauren Santo Domingo who once co-chaired the
American Museum of Natural History's winter dance with Ivanka (dress theme
'celestial black tie') has made it very clear that she has no intention of
sitting anywhere near her former friend now.
'In the end, it will be @realDonaldTrump and @IvankaTrump alone in the bunker '
is just one of her numerous tweets.
And while they may be able to depend on the friendship of some - art dealers
Tico and Colby Mugrabi remain close confidantes and went to the couple's wedding
anniversary at Camp David in 2019 they will also have to face the reality of
blame by association with the deeply divisive President.
Prior to her role in politics, Ivanka had been a prominent figure in the art
scene, having built up an impressive collection which has been frequently
featured in her Instagram posts.
In 2017 it was reported Ivanka and husband Jared owned pieces from a variety of
artists, including Dan Colen, Alex Da Corte, David Ostrowski, Jan Yoors,
Christopher Wool, John Baldessari, Nate Lowman and Alex Israel.
The first daughter is allegedly looking to make her way back into the art world
and start collecting pieces again, according to ArtNet.
The gossip column claims Ivanka could potentially get her foot back in the door
through the handful of art connections she maintained during her time in
Ivanka had allegedly been preparing for her inevitable return by keeping in
touch with prominent art collectors and dealers, including Tico and Mugrabi.
Bloomberg, who defended her friend to the Daily Beast, described Ivanka as 'a
wonderful smart person [who gets] a lot of criticism she doesn't deserve.'
According to the daughter of former New York City Mayor Michael - himself a
vocal Trump critic - any initial froideur from the New York elite, 'will
probably change,' in time.
Besides, one who knows the family well told DailyMail.com that Ivanka and Jared
have never been social butterflies.
The source who asked not to be named said, 'Jared is really not a terribly
social person and Ivanka hasn't really been on ''the scene,'' since they
married, and she had children.
'They've never socialized in the way that some New Yorkers do she's not about
galas and big philanthropic events. And none of those are happening now anyway
because of Covid.'
Instead they are all about business and family; that double helix of the Trump
DNA. Those are the fundamentals that will underpin their life back in New York.
Where Don Jr fired off a series of shouty tweets calling for his father to go to
'total war' and even the glacial Melania spoke of 'illegal' votes, the First
Daughter and the First Son-in-law have been conspicuously silent.
Save for a somber and solitary walk-on by Ivanka at the Veteran's Day Memorial
ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, the compulsively groomed couple have
barely been seen.
Despite her father's bigly presence, Ivanka and Kushner's life in New York has
always been relatively small, lived out within the span of a few blocks in the
city's Upper East Side.
Their Park Avenue apartment, in a Trump building of course, is within walking
distance of Ivanka's East 55th street hair salons and Upper East side
aesthetician and of course the looming presence of Trump Tower.
Kushner's parents who have a home in New Jersey also have an apartment near
their son's, overlooking Central Park.
When Ivanka and Kushner lived in the city they often took their children
Arabella, 9, Joseph, 7, and Theodore, 4 to visit their grandparents as well as
enjoying family outings to the parks' petting zoo.
Kushner was raised in the Modern Orthodox tradition, a strain of Judaism that
integrates observance with life in the secular world, and to which Ivanka
converted on marriage.
Those traditions are an integral part of their family life. In fact, they are
such strict observers of Shabuoth that the couple had to apply for special
rabbinical permission to drive with Trump's cavalcade on the day of his
inauguration because it fell on a Friday.
Their children were enrolled and will likely return to the Ramaz School, a co-ed
Jewish Modern School on the Upper East Side not far from the family's New York
City temple, the Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun.
In 2017 Rabbi Emeritus Haskel Lookstein publicly stated that he was 'deeply
troubled by the moral equivalency and equivocation,' that President Trump
offered in response to the Charlottesville riots in which 32-year-old protester
Heather Heyer was killed by a white supremacist.
But he has never extended that criticism to Ivanka and Kushner whom he says he
It would be fitting for their children to return to the school, as the couple
moved their children from their expensive Washington, DC, private school last
month after parents reportedly complained that the couple were flouting COVID-19
guidelines and attending White House events without masks.
The couple had sent them to $28,400-a-year Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School
since moving to the capital in 2017. On October 19 they moved them to Melvin J.
Berman Hebrew Academy in Maryland, where fees go up to $25,270.
At the time it was said the move, shortly after Donald Trump and other White
House officials tested positive for the virus, was down to the fact Berman
offered more in person classes amid the ongoing pandemic.
But the Jewish Telegraphic Agency now reports how other parents had expressed
worries at seeing the couple attending events in support of the president and in
close contact with people who had been at functions where COVID-19 was spread.
The school is said to have failed to reach a compromise with the couple on the
issue and the children were withdrawn. A spokesman for Milton confirmed: 'They
withdrew from the school.'
White House Spokeswoman Carolina Hurley told DailyMail.com on Thursday: 'Unnamed
sources attacking a family's decision about what is best for their kids in the
middle of a pandemic is shameful.
'As is true for all families, schooling choices and education are deeply
personal decisions and they owe no one, especially idle gossips seeking press
attention, an explanation.'
As far as business is concerned neither Ivanka nor Kushner fully divested
themselves of their interests during their time at the White House.
Ivanka stepped down as Executive Vice President of Acquisitions and Development
and put her interests in the Trump Organization into a trust, but she continued
to pull down an annual salary of $1.5million.
She initially retained her lifestyle and fashion brand selling clothes, jewelry,
perfume and accessories. But in 2018 she closed it down, stating that, 'After 17
months in Washington I do not know when or if I will ever return to the
business, but I do know that my focus for the foreseeable future will be the
work I am doing here in Washington.'
In fact, by 2017, the brand had already been pulled from the racks of Nordstrom
and Dillards where it had once sold briskly after an online campaign to boycott
it gained traction.
Truth be told it seems that Ivanka's interests have moved on from the world of
She could easily step back into a more active role in the Trump Organization and
there are rumored television offers and book deals to consider.
But, as DailyMail.com revealed earlier this week, Ivanka has political ambitions
of her own and there may be a second season of the Trump administration after
all, this time with Ivanka in the Oval Office.
Meanwhile her husband has a multi-million-dollar real estate empire to return
to, albeit one steeped in controversy.
His family's company has recently been criticized for filing eviction notices on
tenants awaiting Covid relief payments from the government and across the years
it has been branded neglectful and litigious.
Kushner's refusal to fully divest himself of his business interests has long
drawn concerns from ethics watchdogs. This manifested most recently at the
revelation that Cadre - the real estate company he co-founded in 2014 - had
taken a $90million investment from Saudi Arabia.
Cadre's value has quintupled since 2017 and though Kushner stepped down from the
board and reduced his stake to 25 percent that is still a substantial chunk of a
company now managing a $522million fund buying properties across the country.
But while Kushner may miss the proximity to power that his roving brief as a
presidential advisor afforded him, he is unlikely to miss the limelight.
One familiar with him told DailyMail.com that, 'Jared isn't really someone who
is comfortable being out front, in the spotlight. He enjoys having a profile to
the extent that it allows him to meet people and make business contacts but
Ivanka is different.
'She's more like her father. She sees the public profile as part of the
Which explains why Ivanka and Kushner, a couple who have always resembled a
shimmering hologram, have all but disappeared from public view completely.
With her sights set on a future White House run neither Ivanka nor her husband
want to burn down any bridges.
And if Ivanka makes the leap from First Daughter to first female President then
Kushner can look forward to a promotion of his own, from First Son-in-law to