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Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner face ‘difficult’ return to NYC

Ivanka Trump has been spotted in New York City after living in Washington D.C. for the past four years during her father Donald Trump’s first and only presidential term. Her role as Adviser to the President will end on January 20 – inauguration day for President-elect Joe Biden – and she is expected to move…

Ivanka Trump has been spotted in New York City after living in Washington D.C. for the past four years during her father Donald Trump’s first and only presidential term.

Her role as Adviser to the President will end on January 20 – inauguration day for President-elect Joe Biden – and she is expected to move back with her husband Jared Kushner, although the options of Florida and New Jersey have also been floated by sources to CNN.

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The couple, who are both White House senior advisers, were regulars on the NYC scene and have a $US4.1 million apartment at Trump’s Park Avenue building in Manhattan.

According to the Trump website, it “houses over 120 luxury condominiums in one of the Upper East Side’s most coveted locations” including full-floor and seven-bedroom apartments.

Celebrations erupted in the streets after Mr Biden’s win and as the war of words between Mr Trump and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo intensifies, any return will no doubt be icy.

A SOCIALLY ‘DIFFICULT’ RETURN

In pictures obtained by the Daily Mail, Ms Trump was seen leaving the NYC apartment building last Friday morning in jeans, a blue jumper, black heeled boots and a face mask.

Ms Trump’s best friend Georgina Bloomberg, the daughter of former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg, told the Daily Beast the couple’s return may be tough – at least initially.

“I think in New York they’ll probably forget about this and it’ll probably change for them, but I think right now it’ll be a bit difficult for them coming back, because obviously this is something that is still very fresh and stoking everybody’s fire,” Ms Bloomberg said.

In regards to Mr Trump’s presidency impacting their relationship, she said she hasn’t seen Ms Trump “since her father took office” so “there hasn’t really been any awkwardness at all”.

“We were good friends growing up in our 20s. I think she’s a wonderful, smart person, and she’s handled the situation really, really well,” Ms Bloomberg said, adding it’s “not true” that daughters of politicians agree with everything their father is doing, stands for or believes in.

Ms Trump and Mr Kushner have lost a number of famous friends over the past few years.

Actor Natalie Portman and Phantom of the Opera star Emmy Rossum both attended the couple’s wedding in 2009 but have since publicly distanced themselves.

Portman told The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in mid-2018 she went to Harvard University with Mr Kushner and “we were friendly”.

“Unfortunately, there’s not a lot funny to say about someone you were friends with becoming a super villain,” Portman said.

“He said in some interview that the friends he’s lost because of politics, it’s like exfoliating.”

Colbert said she was therefore “like a dead skin cell” to which Portman replied: “Proudly.”

Meanwhile, amid the 2016 presidential campaign, Rossum tweeted an article about Ms Trump “lying”.

The President’s oldest daughter was a fixture on the Met Gala red carpet for years, joined by her husband on multiple occasions, and has previously described it as her “favourite event”.

But invitations to the event have since run dry.

During an interview on The Late Late Show in 2017, host James Corden asked US Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour if there was any celebrity who would never be invited again.

“Donald Trump,” she replied.

According to Page Six, Ms Trump and her husband were “too busy” to attend in 2018.

In 2019, Ms Wintour said there was “absolutely nothing” Mr Trump could do to score an invite.

The President first attended the event in the 1980s with his first wife Ivana Trump and proposed to his third and current wife, Melania, at the 2004 event.

NYC ‘TRASHED’ BY DONALD TRUMP

When Donald Trump used his first public remarks since his election defeat to reveal when the COVID-19 vaccine will be available, he said it won’t be delivered to New Yorkers.

“As soon as April, the vaccine will be available to the entire general population, with the exception of places like New York State, where for political reasons the governor decided – I don’t think it is good politically, I think it is very bad from a health standpoint – but he wants to take his time on the vaccine,” Mr Trump said.

“We won’t be delivering it to New York until we have authorisation to do so, and it pains me to say that.

“The governor will have to let us know when he’s ready for it. We can’t be delivering it to a state that won’t be giving it to its people immediately.

“He’s had some very bad editorials recently about this statement and what’s happened with respect to nursing homes. I hope he doesn’t handle this as badly as he’s handled the nursing homes.”

Mr Cuomo has been criticised for his initial response to the coronavirus, such as the decision to send infected people back into nursing homes, resulting in outbreaks among vulnerable populations.

“The good news is that the Pfizer tests look good and we’ll have a vaccine shortly,” Mr Cuomo said.

“The bad news is that it’s about two months before Joe Biden takes over, and that means this administration is going to be implementing a vaccine plan.”

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Upper East Side resident and writer Jill Kargman, who is the daughter of Chanel’s former chairman Arie Kopelman, has socialised with Ms Trump and Mr Kushner in the past.

“(The President) was so awful and divisive about New York, saying it’s a nightmare or that it’s empty, or a has-been,” she told CNN.

“No one here is going to forget that.

“To even come back here after everything he’s said, it’s not going to work.”

CNN White House correspondent Kate Bennett said the president has “trashed” NYC.

“The administration hasn’t been too kind on the city that really built the Trumps,” she said.

“Certainly, there’s people we spoke to (who) are not necessarily going to welcome them back with open arms.”

The couple’s return “might not be the warm homecoming they were expecting”, she added.

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