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Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner get rabbinical approval to fly on Jewish Sabbath

Senior Advisor to the President and Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner (L), walks with his wife Ivanka Trump to board Marine One at the White House March 3, 2017
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President's Orthodox Jewish daughter and son-in-law to take part in foreign trip

A rabbi has given a special dispensation for Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner to fly aboard Air Force One on the Jewish Sabbath, a White House official told Politico.

The daughter and son-in-law of US President Donald Trump are set to take part in his first foreign trip as president, with the first stop being Saudi Arabia. The married couple, both of whom work as White House advisers, are practicing Orthodox Jews and generally observe Shabbat, with rare exceptions for work-related issues.

A rabbi gave them a dispensation on Inauguration Day in January so they could travel in a car, which is forbidden unless – like with any Shabbat rule – there is a life-threatening situation or safety issue.

Politico noted that Kushner also broke Shabbat rules during the 2016 presidential campaign, after the release of a tape from 2005 in which then-presidential nominee Trump boasted that he could kiss and grope women without their consent without repercussions because of his fame.

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner were both included in Time magazine's list of 2017's 100 most influential people.

Trump converted to Judaism prior to marrying Kushner, a 35-year-old real estate investor and newspaper owner.

Shortly before the election, she was spotted praying at the tomb of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menaḥem Mendel Schneersohn, in Queens. She and Kushner visited the compound around the grave of the rabbi who is considered one of the most influential Jewish leaders of the 20th century.

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