Melania Trump Blocked Ivanka from Changing 'First Lady's Office' to 'First Family Office,' Book Claims
Although Melania Trump had difficulty transitioning to her new role as America's first lady, according to a new book, she was determined not to get in the way of stepdaughter Ivanka Trump.
Many will remember Ivanka's steadfast presence alongside her father Donald Trump during and after his presidential campaign. In a new biography about Mrs. Trump, The Art of Her Deal, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter, Mary Jordan, describes the rivalry of the first lady with her stepdaughter, which is said to be after power after her father's choice Handle. (Excerpts from the book to be released on Tuesday have been published by the Washington Post.)
According to Jordan, who based her book on more than 100 interviews, Trump's election victory in 2016 surprised him so much that he "had made plans to play golf in Scotland immediately after the election," which he didn't do. I have to watch Hillary Clinton how she basks in her success. "
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When the election results arrived and Trump was declared president, he and his wife had to quickly adjust to their new roles. The mother of a 50-year-old decided to do so while staying with her son Barron in their luxurious Trump Tower penthouse in New York City. According to Jordan, the move was used as a lever to renegotiate her marriage agreement with her husband.
In her early absence from the White House, 38-year-old Ivanka was appointed a consultant in her father's administration, who worked in the west wing. During this time, "personnel positions and budgets that would have been available to support the First Lady's office" were "redirected to support those in the west wing, including Ivanka."
Trump's eldest daughter has even reportedly tried to get her president to rename the First Lady's Office to First Family Office.
Kris Connor / Getty Images Ivanka Trump (left) and President Donald Trump
Jordan also claims that Ms. Trump "did not allow this" and wrote that the first lady had "fixed limits" with her stepdaughter, who was said to have felt too comfortable in the White House.
"[Ivanka] treated the private residence as if it were her own home," wrote Jordan. "Melania didn't like it. When she and Barron finally moved in, she put an end to the 'revolving door.'"
Jordan also declares Ms. Trump to be her husband's "most influential counselor" in the White House.
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OLIVIER DOULIERY / AFP via Getty First Lady Melania Trump
“Melania is very behind the scenes, but incredibly influential. She's not one to go in and say, "Hire this person, fire this person." But she lets the president know what she thinks and he takes her views very seriously, "said Sean Spicer, the president's first communications director, to Jordan.
Some insiders also told the author that Ms. Trump's contribution to Trump has become a "loyalty test" that will ask his advisors, "Melania thinks what do you think?"
When the news of Jordan's book was released last week, spokeswoman and chief of staff for the first lady, Stephanie Grisham, dismissed the work as "fiction."
"Another book about Mrs. Trump with wrong information and sources," Grisham said in a statement to PEOPLE. "This book belongs to the genre of fiction."
The Art of Her Deal, which also looks at Mrs. Trump's past life, education, and first encounter with her future husband, is slated to be released on Tuesday.
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