A new book by Melania Trump’s ex-best friend make new claims about the secret war between the First Lady and her stepdaughter Ivanka and how Melania strokes the President’s massive ego.
Melania & Me by former Vogue magazine executive Stephanie Wolkoff details how Melania thwarted Ivanka Trump’s relentless campaign to be the White House’s most important female.
Melania reportedly mockingly nicknamed her ambitious stepdaughter “Princess” behind her back, and the relationship is both strained and competitive, with aides working overtime to keep the two apart.
The book also discloses Melania’s “coquettish, hyperfeminine” encouragement of Donald Trump’s conceit and self-absorption and how he calls her “baby” and “my girl”.
Wolkoff says Melania’s battle to keep the First Daughter and husband Jared Kushner from grabbing the spotlight even had a name, “Operation Block Ivanka”.
This meant literally blocking Ivanka’s face from media coverage at the inauguration by manipulating the seating arrangement, and stonewalling at every turn her dogged pursuit of centre stage.
Wolkoff’s account suggests Melania did this with great glee.
One of Melania’s small inner circle before it all went pear-shaped over her event management of Trump’s inauguration celebration, Wolkoff speaks plainly about the First Lady.
“Twenty years ago, she had been a barely-getting-by model in Paris,” she writes in her book, according to an extract published in New York magazine’s Intelligencer section.
“Thirty years ago, she’d lived in Communist Slovenia.
“On the inauguration program … she wanted to be listed as ‘First Lady-Elect’ even though, as I reminded her, she had not in fact been elected.”
She also revealed Melania’s disclosure that in 2016 her son with Trump, Barron “had worn a suit and tie to school. He was dressing ‘just like his dad’. The other kids laughed at him.”
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