Inside Ivanka Trump's Life Since Leaving The White House

Ivanka Trump's presence in the White House during Donald Trump's presidential term certainly fell on the more notable side of job titles at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. In 2017, Ivanka spoke with Gayle King on "CBS This Morning" and summed up how she perceived her role as an advisor to the president: "I wasn't elected by the American people to be president. I think my father is gonna do a tremendous job. And I wanna help him do that."

Whether Ivanka fulfilled that role during Trump's presidency is up to partisan debate, but what is undeniable is that she created a stir in the White House, sometimes for good reason, sometimes not. She did tend to fare better than her father in popularity ratings. One Gallup poll from 2017 scored unfavorable ratings, with Trump coming in at 55% while Ivanka's rating was 36%. So compared to her father, she was one of the more likable Trumps. 

Despite being so public, since Trump lost the election, his brood has significantly fallen out of the spotlight. This is especially the case with Melania Trump, but she's always been an enigmatic character. What's more unusual is Ivanka's elusive behavior since leaving the White House. She seemed much more comfortable maintaining a front-and-center role, but she's largely gone AWOL. We've caught a few glimpses of her in action since she's left Washington, D.C. Here's what she's been up to.

What is Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner's social future?

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner's lives were irrevocably changed when they joined Donald Trump in the White House, with both of them taking on jobs as federal employees, playing advisors to Trump. However, once Trump lost the election, Ivanka and Jared were left scrambling to find a foothold within a social community and a new place to call home. Kate Bennett spoke to CNN on January 15, 2021, and said that following the January 6 riot at the Capitol, the couple was in "a panic as they look[ed] to their future." Bennett added, "This is going to be an extremely difficult post-White House time for them. The future is unclear. They are not going to be welcomed back to New York... by their social circles."

So where does this leave Ivanka and Jared socially in their post-White House chapter? While there are many who would like to see Ivanka and Jared receive their comeuppance, this might not really happen, thanks to the huge buffer around the rich. Journalist Tina Brown explained their situation: "There is a myth around that Jared and Ivanka will be rejected socially," she said to Town & Country. "The rich are never rejected — until they go to prison or lose their money."

Former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Tony Sayegh offered his opinion to the outlet. "Jared and Ivanka are going to be a force of nature wherever their zip code is," he said. "Their options are limitless." "Limitless" might be a bit optimistic. 

The couple was iced out of New York

Once upon a time, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner were major players in New York. Remember their brief cameo on "Gossip Girl?" Ivanka attended several Met Galas, all the way up to 2016, while Donald Trump was running for president, per Allure. Since Trump's election, the family has been excluded from the prestigious event. Comedy team Jason Selvig and Davram Stiefler, also called "The Good Liars," put up signs around New York City in 2020 with Ivanka's face that read: "Not Wanted." So the message is clear: Ivanka and Jared had no warm welcome waiting for them.

The Daily Beast didn't play around either, publishing an article in November 2020 with a clear message in the title: "Get Lost, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. New York City Does Not Want You Back." Succinct? Yes!

Others took a more nuanced approach. Journalist David Colman told The Guardian that if they really wanted to come back, they'd "have to come back to Republican New York because they won't be welcomed in liberal quarters." Salon owner and stylist John Barrett had an even more optimistic approach for them, saying: "America is all about second acts, and there's always somebody trying to advance a position or cause. Obviously, some people have been burnt by the administration, but it'll take very little time for them to buy their way back pretty and rule a certain roost." 

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner's luxury digs in Florida

While Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner might have to bide their time before returning to the Big Apple, they've set up a cushy crib for themselves in Florida, which seems to be the new Trump hub. Donald and Melania Trump, along with son Barron, have made a new life for themselves at Mar-a-Lago, Trump's exclusive resort in Palm Beach. Likewise, Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle set up digs in Palm Beach, purchasing a $9.7 million dollar Jupiter home, according to The Palm Beach Post. So it's one big family reunion.

Ivanka and Jared seem to have trumped the Trumps with the most expensive real estate, snatching up a $24 million dollar mansion on Indian Creek Island (according to the New York Post), a secluded area relegated to A-listers and billionaires. Apparently, they closed on the estate on April 13, 2021. The 8,510-square-foot home boasts 6 bedrooms and 8.5 bathrooms and, of course, a gigantic swimming pool. The inside entryway features 26-foot high ceilings and an imperial staircase. So if it's a real estate competition within the real estate family, Ivanka and Jared definitely won.

And while they might be on the outs with New York, they're not exactly alone among the palm trees, nor are they isolated to a social community made up only of family members. The couple has some very famous neighbors and might just be able to create a new elite world in Florida.

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump have A-list neighbors

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner bought their gigantic estate on Indian Creek Island from billionaire Alex Meruelo, who bought the Arizona Coyotes in 2019. Prior to Meruelo, the property was owned by American record producer Scott Storch, according to the New York Post. Jared and Ivanka's home purchase came after they had already bought up two nearby acres of land from Julio Iglesias at $32.2 million. The empty plot is part of the area's "Billionaire Bunker," per the Daily Mail. 

Ivanka and Jared are in some pretty posh company on the island, not to mention exclusive. Forbes noted in 2021 that the total population of Indian Creek was a scant 86 residents. But its smallness does not mean obscurity. Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen purchased a $17 million dollar home on the island in 2020. Wall Street legend Carl Icahn also calls the island home, as does Sears and Kmart CEO Edward Lampart.

While the Trumps like to stick close together, as evidenced by their mass exodus to Florida, so do the Kushners. Jared's younger brother, Josh Kushner, and wife, supermodel Karlie Kloss, purchased a $23.5 million home in Miami, which is mere minutes away from Jared and Ivanka's home (per Page Six). So while Ivanka and Karlie have reportedly had a frosty relationship in the past, things might be warming up in the Sunshine State. Hey, social beggars can't be choosers. 

What's with the plot of land they purchased?

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are invested in their new Indian Creek Island life. Annual taxes on their plot of land (purchased from Julio Iglesias at over $32 million) come to $472,764, per Page Six, and the couple reportedly landed the lot on December 17, 2020. Since just around 40 homes sit on the island (as Market Watch points out), Ivanka and Jared are definitely claiming their spot in the ritzy area. 

What's unusual about the purchase is why Ivanka and Jared bought two separate properties in the same vicinity. Their $24 million mansion was, as Market Watch notes, called the "finest move-in condition home available on Indian Creek Island" in the listing. When Page Six reported the purchase of the plot, the assumed intention was that Jared and Ivanka would build a waterfront estate. However, the later purchase of their mansion puts this into question. Maybe they'll end up selling it. Time will tell. Or maybe they want to create a massive, family compound. 

Not all has gone smoothly, though. While they're clearly establishing themselves as Floridians and making roots in the area, Ivanka and Jared might not be totally welcomed by all their neighbors at Billionaire Bunker.

They were snubbed at an elite country club

They already got the boot from New York, but despite their high hopes of forging a new social scene in Florida, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are not welcome at the Indian Creek Country Club. The exclusive club caters to the ultra-wealthy residents of Indian Creek Island and its surrounding areas. Opening membership fees run at approximately $150,000. Though they have the money to pay this, the couple has been given the cold shoulder.

Page Six reported the snub in January 2021, and an insider told the outlet what is required to gain admittance to the exclusive club. "You have to be nominated and make a formal application," they said. "But it only takes one member to object against any new member, and many members are objecting, particularly after the events at the Capitol on Jan. 6." The source joked that if Ivanka and Jared want lunch, they can hang out with Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago. "The Indian Creek Country Club members are very picky and the word is that Javanka need not apply," the insider added.

While the group is excluding Ivanka and Jared, Indian Creek Country Club has faced much deeper ongoing scandals over their racist and anti-semitic policies about admittance. The Orlando Sentinel reported that as of 2000, there had never been a Black member at the club, and attendees were slow to welcome Jewish members. 

Ivanka Trump's first public appearance since the White House

While we know the real estate situation for Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner in Florida, what has she actually been up to since leaving the White House? Ivanka has remained considerably elusive, but she was seen in March 2021, marking her first public appearance since her departure from Washington, D.C., opting for a charitable outing. 

Ivanka spent the day in Apopka, Fla., at Farmers to Families Food Box, handing out boxes of food to disenfranchised families in the area, according to People. Later in the day, Ivanka continued offering food, this time making deliveries to people who weren't able to get to Farmers to Families. She also visited The Lifeboat Project, a nonprofit organization that serves survivors of human trafficking. The organization shared photos of Ivanka at their location, and on Facebook, they began their post by saying: "Please keep all personal or opinionated political commentary off this post in respect towards our Survivors and agency."

They added: "Human Trafficking is a crime against humanity and that alone stands above politics. Today was a beautiful day to put politics aside at The Lifeboat Project and let faith and truth be our topic of connection." Then they thanked Ivanka for coming. The nonprofit rightly asked people to keep their focus on the importance of the organization, and regardless of political views, Ivanka's presence at The Lifeboat Project did bring major attention to the very worthy organization.

Ivanka is giving Donald Trump a wide berth

Ivanka Trump was by Donald Trump's side consistently during his presidential term. However, following their departure from the White House, Ivanka hasn't been seen around her dad. Trump himself has been busy with rallies, even asking his followers to get the COVID-19 vaccine. He's been spotted a number of times at Mar-a-Lago, golfing, greeting fans, and having dinner. But Ivanka has kept her distance.

CNN suggests that the reason for Ivanka's notable remoteness is because Trump was complaining endlessly about the election results, and Ivanka, as well as husband Jared Kushner, got tired of hearing it. The Trumps have frequently enjoyed doing things as a group, but after the White House, the familial relationship shifted for Ivanka and Jared. "They weren't around for the usual spring and summer events at Mar-a-Lago," a source told CNN.

A plausible reason for this could also be that Ivanka and Jared want to forge their own political and business futures and realized that they'd have a better shot away from Trump. The New York Times added that Jared wanted space to write a book and would prefer a relationship with Trump where he's just an in-law.

Conversely, Donald Trump Jr., the eldest of the Trump kids, has stepped up to play a major role of offering public support for his father. Don Jr. was around during Trump's presidency, but not in as public a way as Ivanka was. It seems that the siblings have traded places for the moment.

Ivanka Trump has kept a low profile on social media

While Ivanka Trump was extremely active on social media during Donald Trump's presidency, things have drastically changed since her family is no longer in the White House. In 2021, her Twitter posts stopped after a May tweet about getting vaccinated. She was, predictably, roasted in the comments, but one Twitter user accurately replied: "Her message is something we all support — get vaccinated. Attacking her for spreading that message is bizarre." Ivanka's message about getting vaccinated was also repeated on Instagram, and since this, she has been quiet on all platforms for months. 

Her silence is extra strange since she's still been a topic of conversation in the media. Just because she's gone silent doesn't mean others have stopped talking about her. Rumors have not stopped about her potential run for office, but, as the Independent notes, she's remained quiet about the subject, along with everything else.

This seems to be a family trend. Melania Trump has also considerably backed off of social media, which isn't as huge of a surprise. However, while she was much more quiet than Ivanka was while Donald Trump was in office, Melania has been slightly more active on Twitter than her daughter-in-law. She commemorated those who died on September 11 and shared a couple of retweets. Plus, she was sure to wish Barron a happy 15th birthday on March 20, 2021. Other than that, both Ivanka and Melania are strangely absent from social media.

Did Ivanka ignore Donald Trump on Father's Day?

While the Trumps love family promotion on social media, Ivanka Trump skipped a commemoration of Donald Trump on Father's Day in 2021. She didn't even share a message on Twitter for Jared Kushner. Instead, she was completely silent, but thanks to some internet sleuthing, the good people of Twitter figured out what she did for the big day.

The Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum in South Carolina shared a photo on Twitter of Ivanka, Jared, and their son, Joseph, touring the site. The museum added the caption: "You never know who you'll see while touring our ships. Today, we had the pleasure of giving a tour of the Yorktown, Laffey and Medal of Honor Museum to the Kushner/Trump family. They enjoyed a Father's Day walk together in the footsteps of heroes!"

It was an unusual silence on Ivanka's part. In contrast, on Father's Day 2020, she shared a throwback photo of herself as a baby being cradled by Trump in ski gear. She added the caption: "Happy Father's Day to my dad and to all the devoted and loving father's [sic] out there! Today is for you!" Maybe Ivanka sensed that, given Trump's refusal to acknowledge the election results and the riots on the U.S. Capitol building, a 2021 tribute to Trump would get roasted within an inch of its life. Meanwhile, as People noted, only Donald Trump Jr. and Tiffany Trump acknowledged their dad on Father's Day 2021.

Finances aren't going to be a problem for Jared Kushner or Ivanka Trump

While we might be curious about Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner's bumpy transition back to 'real' life after the White House, there's certainly no reason to feel sorry for them. Obviously, considering their big spending on Indian Creek Island as they scoop up multiple properties, they've got the cash to make a comfortable life for themselves wherever they end up.

According to an analysis by Citizens for Ethics, Ivanka and Jared made anywhere from $172 million to $640 million while they were in the White House. Vanity Fair facetiously pointed out that this came to "457,142 $1,400 stimulus checks," just to put it in perspective for the average American, which Ivanka and Jared clearly are not.

Their huge income came, of course, after they announced (with a great deal of flourish) that they would not accept salaries as federal employees. And unsurprisingly, their monstrous income was checkered with scandals. Ivanka claimed that her fashion brand had been shuttered, but meanwhile, a trademark allowed for sales in Canada after this big announcement. Citizens for Ethics also notes that she received several trademarks from the Chinese government while at the White House. While there isn't as much news about their income since they left Washington, D.C., it's clear that Ivanka and Jared know how to take care of themselves and won't want for a thing.

Soaking up some post-White House family time

It's not all money and real estate properties for Ivanka Trump. In August, Ivanka was spotted in Florida, taking a walk with daughter Arabella, Fox News reported. The public sighting was, of course, a rare one, and an insider told the outlet that a major reason for Ivanka's withdrawal from the public is to focus "on family time."

It does seem like an appealing reprieve after her and Jared Kushner's busy White House schedules. Even before Ivanka joined Donald Trump in Washington, she kept her days moving at a good clip. In 2014, back when she was running her clothing brand, she broke down her typical day with Harper's Bazaar, saying she woke up at 6 a.m. and often runs on too little sleep. To ensure she got some kid time in, Ivanka said she kept a once-a-week lunch date with Arabella so they could have some quality time together. 

This was important because she and Jared Kushner were often out in the evenings. "Jared and I are out quite a bit at night — we'll have dinners that are work related or dinners with friends," Ivanka explained. Considering the rapid pace of her life for many years, maybe a quiet life far away from New York and Washington is exactly what Ivanka and her family have been craving. That's just a speculation, but it sounds like things were pretty busy. 

Ivanka Trump celebrates 40th birthday in Miami

In another rare sighting following her time in Washington, Ivanka Trump celebrated her 40th birthday on October 30, 2021, in Miami and went all out. Frankly, it sounded like a blast. She got a bunch of girlfriends together, and they partied at the Surf Club at the Four Seasons, according to Page Six, and kept the festivities going for days. 

"It was two days of boating, beaches and bubbly ... There were champagne toasts, cake, and caviar," an insider told the outlet. The source added that while the majority of the partying was an all-girls event, Jared Kushner did stop by at the Surf Club while they were eating dinner. Since Ivanka has been so absent from social media, there were no photos shared of the extravaganza on her platforms.

Another source confirmed to People that Ivanka is loving her new life and made the most of her birthday. "Ivanka loves Miami, where has made a life of her own," they told the outlet. "She has some longtime good friends that she wanted to enjoy for this special birthday celebration."

Ivanka might not be pining for New York after all, and her departure from the Big Apple might be more of a retreat than an exile. Page Six's source added of Ivanka, Jared, and their kids: "They're loving it down there. It really suits them." Makes sense. Life in a multi-million dollar home on an exclusive island in the Florida sun, broken up by days of birthday festivities, would probably suit anyone. 

Is there a political future for Ivanka Trump?

Perhaps the ultimate question to ask about Ivanka Trump in her post-White House period is her return to politics. Will she try to enter that arena again? While there's no way of definitively answering that question now, many accounts speculate that there is a real possibility. This theory is only amplified by the rumors that Donald Trump is preparing for a 2024 run.

Politico said that should Trump choose to run again, he will go unchallenged in the Republican primaries. So all that's left is choosing a vice president, and Trump has no interest in aligning with Mike Pence again. This means that there's a very real possibility he's looking at Ivanka. It almost happened during his first run. Per Rick Gates' book, "Wicked Game: An Insider's Story on How Trump Won, Mueller Failed and America Lost," Trump wanted Ivanka on the ballot. "Ivanka should be vice president," Gates quoted Trump saying. "She's bright, she's smart, she's beautiful, and the people would love her!"

If Trump wanted Ivanka as his running mate the first time, it's highly probable he'd want her again. Vanity Fair noted in March 2021 that Trump wanted a female vice president, and he obviously prefers to give important roles to his family. The outlet also said that Jared Kushner would be open to the idea. So in her post-White House life, Ivanka might be silently biding her time, preparing for her next big move. Or, she's officially a snow bird and setting up a life in Florida.