White House life has led to friction between Melania and Ivanka Trump, source says
Both are glamorous women. Both fashionable. Both smart and savvy about their public personas. Both equally powerful and influential when it comes to the President of the United States.
But despite maintaining a warm relationship over the last two decades, stepmother and stepdaughter have found the White House years more challenging, according to a source familiar with the dynamic who notes friction between the two.
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Of late, the two women are described as “cordial, but not close,” by someone familiar with both. Months of overlapping objectives, trips, events and interactions with the President have created a shaky alliance, as reported in “Free, Melania: The Unauthorized Biography,” available Tuesday.
A spokeswoman for Melania Trump, Stephanie Grisham, tells CNN that the two women “always shared a close relationship and still do today.”
Melania Trump’s first big solo trip was to the African continent, as was Ivanka Trump’s first big solo trip. The first lady was the first to introduce highly produced mini-videos of her events for public consumption, and now Ivanka Trump also makes her own short films, with voice-overs and music. While these points may seem trivial, the similarities have reportedly caused static.
On presidential trips, when Melania Trump goes, the first daughter’s profile diminishes — and when the first lady is absent, Ivanka Trump steps up.
It has created an odd dynamic that has left Ivanka and Melania Trump switching off front seat-back seat as the two women in Trump’s orbit, a relationship that has created friction.
It was during Trump’s presidential campaign that family life shifted to politics, and the dynamics changed as well…….read more