REVEALED: White House opened a black-market barber offering $70 haircuts at the height of the pandemic when hairdressers were locked down
- Trump White House operated ‘black market barber shop’ just next door
- ‘Speakeasy’ was located in bathroom at Eisenhower Executive Office Building
- Mostly male staffers would get their hair cut as barbers were shut down in DC
- The two women barbers reportedly charged up to $70 each for a haircut
Aides to then-President Donald Trump secretly had their hair cut by two women who worked in a ‘black market barber shop’ inside a bathroom next to the White House in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been reported.
The White House aides would book appointments with a pair of Asian-American haircutters who set up shop in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, according to the New York Post.
One of the women cut hair while the other handled snacks and payment, which could total up to $70 – tip included.
The ‘speakeasy’ was the only way aides could get their hair cut in Washington, DC, which imposed a lockdown that closed all barber shops and other nonessential businesses as coronavirus infections began to proliferate nationwide.
The Trump White House maintained a ‘black market barber shop’ in a small bathroom inside the Eisenhower Executive Office Building right next to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, according to a report
Debbie Meadows (seen right with her husband, former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows in August 2020) recommended two Asian-American women who would operate the ‘speakeasy’ barber shop, it was reported
The barbers were highly recommended to Meadows by the wife of House Rep. Jim Jordan, Polly Jordan (pictured in this undated file photo)
According to the Post, the renegade operation employed two Asian American women who came recommended by the wife of House Rep. Jim Jordan, the Republican from Ohio.
Jordan’s wife, Polly, spoke glowingly of the two barbers to Debbie Meadows, the wife of then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.
‘Jim Jordan’s wife introduced them to Debbie Meadows and then Mark got the idea to bring them in during the pandemic,’ a former White House official told the Post.
‘[Meadows] said he was bringing in this lady to cut hair [and] told people to email Beau [Harrison] to book an appointment.’
Harrison was assistant to the president for operations under Trump.
Another former White House official said Meadows ‘had his personal barber go to the EEOB and do it [and] had people schedule it through the [operations] shop.’
The barber shop was popular among the young men who worked in the White House, according to the Post.
‘I’m sure they would have agreed to style women, though it was definitely targeted to the male staffers,’ one of the former White House officials told the Post.
‘I can’t say for sure if any women ever went.’
In the old days, the White House maintained an in-house barber shop in the basement. The image above shows then-Secretary of State Henry Kissinger getting a hair cut from barber Milton Pitts in 1972
Another ex-White House aide said that their male colleagues ‘would go there and they were all excited.’
The popularity of the barber shop led the White House to hire a permanent, in-house haircutter.
A local haircutter, Wall’s Barber Shop, which to that point had been a favorite of White House staffers before it was forced to shutter due to the pandemic, signed an agreement with the White House.
Trump aides had to pay $45 for a hair cut, $25 for a shape up, and $15 for a beard trim, according to the Post.
The Biden White House has apparently kept the in-house arrangement with the Wall’s Barber Shop.
In the old days, the White House kept a barber shop in the basement.