What The Final Days Were Like For Ivanka Trump In The White House

The end of Donald Trump's presidency meant the end of an era for his family members, too. The now-former president's administration included daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, as senior aides (via People). While her husband attended to diplomatic matters and criminal justice reform, Ivanka championed women's rights overseas, pushed for maternity leave laws, and helped create the Paycheck Protection Program to support small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic (via Biography). It was a considerable jump in status for a woman whose prior claim to fame was being a real-estate developer and a judge on the panel of The Celebrity Apprentice.

In the months leading up to the November 2020 election, Ivanka and her siblings campaigned hard for their father and stood behind him as he claimed that voter fraud was behind his loss to Joe Biden. But when his last minute rally ended in chaos of historical proportions and an unprecedented second impeachment, she knew it was time to prepare for post-White House life. With characteristic calm and efficiency, Ivanka Trump did just that.

Ivanka Trump prepared to move out of DC

With Donald Trump and former First Lady Melania set to move back to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, there was no compelling reason for the Kushners to stay in Washington themselves. As New Yorkers, neither Ivanka nor Jared had close ties there, and there's nothing to indicate that they had any deep love for the city or its residents. Indeed, they'd been the subject of criticism a number of times, including their lax adherence to COVID-19 precautions, which led to Ivanka's having to change her children's school (per CNN). Town & Country notes that the former first daughter also faces potential legal trouble surrounding tax write-offs, making it even more urgent for the family to find a quiet post-presidential home.

Shortly after the insurrection on the Capitol, reporters saw a moving van outside the Kushners' six-bedroom home in D.C.'s exclusive Kalorama neighborhood (via NY Daily News). It turned out to be hauling donated items, but that was preparation for the bigger change to come. Ivanka and Jared bought a $30 million lot on Indian Creek Island in Miami, where they plan to build a permanent house. For now, they'll be making their home in a luxe condo in Miami's Surfside neighborhood (per Fox Business). The pyramid-shaped building comes complete with a fitness center, children's play space, a heated indoor lap pool and other amenities.

Ivanka Trump caused a stir in the final days

A loyal supporter of her father throughout his political campaigns and his term in office, Ivanka came under fire twice in the final days of the administration — once for backing him, and once for appearing to break from his ranks. As chaos reigned in the Capitol on January 6, the first daughter responded by posting a tweet addressing the rioters as "American Patriots," calling for the violence to stop (via People) . The phrase sparked so much outrage that she deleted the tweet and explained that she was referring to peaceful protest as being patriotic.

Days later, she reportedly faced the wrath of her own father. The Daily Mail quoted an inside source saying Ivanka considered attending Joe Biden's inauguration as a show of good will, and a possible means of furthering her own political career. The president, who had already announced he would skip the ceremony, was said to be irate at this, saying it would be "the worst decision she could ever make." Ultimately, Ivanka opted not to go, and the White House denied that she ever thought about doing it in the first place.

Ivanka Trump left a message of thanks

Perhaps feeling regretful about what might have been, Ivanka dressed in an all-black ensemble — including a black floral face mask — as she went to the White House for her father's final day in office on Tuesday. She gamely waved for the cameras before stepping into the waiting limo (per People).

As her father and stepmother did hours earlier, Ivanka delivered a farewell message to America via her Twitter feed. "It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve as an Advisor to the President," she began. "I am so proud of what we've accomplished and excited for the future." She thanked the citizens she had served for their love and support, and said they had "reinforced my abiding faith in America." Ivanka closed by offering prayers for the incoming president and vice president, their spouses, and all the elected leaders: "As Americans we must all pray for their success." Ivanka and her family gathered to watch now-former President Trump delivered his final speech at Joint Base Andrews (via Daily Mail). Dressed in a black-trimmed white suit, Ivanka blinked back tears as she listened, then received a kiss from her husband as they prepared to enter the new phase of their lives.

What will that new life involve? An insider tells Page Six that she might write a book on her White House years that would address condemnation she received from liberal critics. We might also be seeing a new call to "vote Trump": The source says that she definitely wants a political career of her own.