Trump kids: Lost and found in Aspen

by Chad Abraham, Aspen Daily News Staff Writer

The president’s daughter once went missing in Aspen.

Years ago, when she was a teenager staying at The Little Nell with her parents, Ivanka Trump could not be located, and the police were called, said a longtime member of local law enforcement who responded and who requested anonymity.

She was found in another hotel room with a boy, he said.

The president’s children and grandchildren, 13 in total, are expected to make more memories in Aspen this weekend. They are to fly into the Eagle County Regional Airport on Saturday evening and be driven to Aspen, said Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo.

He didn’t know much about their itinerary, as the U.S. Secret Service has not contacted him about the visit, DiSalvo said.

Regardless, he said he would not offer his department’s aid for their visit.

“We’re doing absolutely nothing,” DiSalvo said of assisting the Secret Service. “Our responsibility is to the president and the first lady, not friends or family members.”

Former first lady Michelle Obama was a frequent visitor, skiing at times with her daughters at Tiehack and Snowmass. Additional ski patrollers were on duty during her time on the hill. Aspen Skiing Co. spokesman Jeff Hanle declined comment on what, if any, special treatment the president’s children will receive.

“I don’t speak about any guest who visits our resort,” he said.

President Trump is not expected to accompany his family, as he is destined, for the seventh weekend in a row, to fly to his private retreat in Florida, according to multiple media reports.

The Trump clan may breakfast at Poppycock’s restaurant. Manager Paul Poh said Friday that, before they became the first family, the Trump children often ate there. But he did not know their plans this time around.

“Very nice people,” Poh said.

Sgt. Mike Tracey of the Aspen Police Department said in a recent interview that Aspen police met with U.S. Secret Service agents a month or so ago to discuss logistics of the weekend visit. He declined to release any further information, citing a request by the Secret Service.

In February, the Vail Daily reported that Air Force One, the Boeing 575 that flies the president, landed at the Eagle County Regional Airport. The facility’s manager told the paper that U.S. Air Force pilots were training for future VIP visits at high altitude.

DiSalvo said that plane is expected to carry the president’s family to Eagle.

Trump is no stranger to Aspen. During the presidential campaign in August, he attended a fundraiser at a home located in the West Buttermilk neighborhood owned by Houston securities trader Andrew Bosarge. The campaign event cost attendees from $2,700 per plate up to $25,000 per couple who paid for a “VIP meeting” with Trump.

In 1989, Trump’s marital woes erupted into a tabloid scandal after his then-wife, Ivana, got into a shouting match with his then-mistress, Marla Maples, at Bonnie’s on Aspen Mountain. He also tried to buy the land at the base of the mountain where the St. Regis Aspen Resort is located. But former Aspen developer Mohamed Hadid beat him to the purchase.

chad@aspendailynews.com