One of the perks of traveling in a diplomatic capacity to the United States is getting your clothes cleaned free of charge by the White House. It is a perk seldom used by foreign leaders as their trips are often short in length.
However, there is one person who has been taking advantage of this perk and in the eyes of some, abusing that perk.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin and his wife Sara Netanyahu have brought four to five suitcases of dirty laundry with them while visiting the United States. This has now happened multiple times.
“The Netanyahus are the only ones who bring actual suitcases of dirty laundry for us to clean,” said one U.S. official, who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the details of a foreign leader’s visits. “After multiple trips, it became clear this was intentional.”
It appears four to five suitcases is tame compared to a one day trip to Portugal in December where Netanyahu and his wife allegedly brought 11 suitcases for laundering those his office denied this.
Netanyahu’s office denied speculation that the suitcases were filled with dirty laundry, saying they included items he needed for his office work.
It appears the criticism over abusing these perks has altered the Netanyahu’s volume of laundry.
The embassy added that Netanyahu’s laundry needs were relatively modest during his most recent trip.
“On this visit, for example, there was no dry cleaning, only a couple shirts were laundered for the public meeting, and the Prime Minister’s suit and Mrs. Netanyahu’s dress were ironed also for the public meeting. Oh yes, a pair of pajamas that the Prime Minister wore on the 12 hour flight from Israel to Washington was also laundered,” the embassy statement said.