Details scarce on Ivanka Trump’s Vermont vacation

MONTPELIER — State officials say they are unable to provide details of any security operations in place after the New York Times reported Tuesday that First Daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner are vacationing in Vermont.

The visit to Vermont by the Washington, D.C., power couple remains shrouded in mystery, with their location unknown to the public.

Ivanka Trump is seen in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Both Ivanka Trump and Kushner play prominent, senior roles in the administration of Republican President Donald Trump. Ivanka Trump is a special assistant to the president. Kushner, meanwhile, is the director of White House Innovations and has several high-profile tasks, including bringing peace to the Middle East.

Rebecca Kelley, spokeswoman for Republican Gov. Phil Scott, referred questions about state personnel or assets involved in protecting the couple to Vermont State Police spokesman Scott Waterman.

“As a private vacation, we would not comment on the plans of Ms. Trump and Mr. Kushner, as our office would not be involved in the planning or protocols for personal vacations,” Kelley said.

She said Scott had no plans to meet with the couple.

“Our understanding is it’s a private visit so we haven’t been notified directly of their visit or discussed with White House officials,” Kelley said.

Waterman also declined to comment, saying VSP policy prevented him from commenting.

“Per internal policy the Vermont State Police does not comment on any ongoing security operations, plans or procedures,” Waterman told the Vermont Press Bureau.

The Times reported on the couple’s trip in a story about the fallout from the president’s remarks Tuesday in which he again cast blame for violence in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend. Many view Ivanka Trump as a moderating voice in her father’s administration.

“Mr. Trump’s daughter Ivanka and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, urged him to take a more moderate stance, according to two people familiar with the situation. But as with so many other critical moments in Mr. Trump’s presidency, the two were on vacation, this time in Vermont,” the Times story states.

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