Jared And Ivanka Get Rabbi’s OK To Fly On Shabbat
Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump reportedly got approval from a rabbi to fly with President Trump Friday as he kicks off his first overseas trip.
The First Daughter and son-in-law are observant Jews and typically wouldn’t travel on Shabbat from sundown Friday to Saturday.
But Politico quotes a White House official as saying they sought special permission to jet out with the president to Saudi Arabia, which is the first stop on his first overseas trip. They will later go to Israel.
Under Jewish law, rules requiring observant Jews to more or less unplug on Shabbat can be broken or bent in life-threatening situations, or in case of safety concern. It was unclear what grounds the dispensation was made for them to fly on Air Force One.
Kushner has been heavily involved in the preparations for President Trump’s trip, especially the Saudi stop.
It’s not the first time Jared and Ivanka have bent the rules to accommodate their roles as high-profile White House aides.
They also got a rabbi to say it was kosher for them to travel in a presidential motorcade during Trump’s inauguration weekend.
And Kushner broke with tradition by working on a Saturday during the 2016 presidential campaign when his father-in-law’s campaign was engulfed by a contrroversial tape that showed him apparently boasting about sexually asssaulting women.