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Melania Trump Tried To ‘Block’ Ivanka From Being Seen At Donald’s Inauguration New Book Claims

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August 28, 2020 12:25PM EDT

Melania and Ivanka Trump’s reported rivalry reached a boiling point behind closed doors in the White House, according to a new tell-all book by the First Lady’s former friend and adviser Stephanie Winston Wolkoff.

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Melania Trump and Ivanka Trump‘s apparent icy relationship is being corroborated in Stephanie Winston Wolkoff‘s upcoming memoir, Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady. Winston Wolkoff was a close friend and advisor to the First Lady in the East Wing, before her controversial exit from the White House in 2018. An excerpt from the book — set for release on September 1 — alleges that Melania and Ivanka’s tumultuous relationship began around Donald Trump‘s January 2017 inauguration.

“It was Donald’s inauguration, not Ivanka’s,” writes Winston Wolkoff in an excerpt featured in New York magazine‘s Intelligencer. “But no one was brave enough to tell her that. Melania was not thrilled about Ivanka’s steering the schedule and would not allow it,” she writes, noting that Melania was “[not] happy to hear that Ivanka insisted on walking in the Pennsylvania Avenue parade with her children.”

Donald Trump's 2017 inauguration Donald Trump’s January 2017 inauguration. (Photo credit: AP Images)

Winston Wolkoff goes on to detail her “petty” attempt with Melania to keep Ivanka — whom the First Lady allegedly nicknamed “Princess” — out of prominent photo opportunities during Inauguration Day. Winston Wolkoff even claims that her alliance with Melania had its own name: “Operation Block Ivanka.”

“Melania was in on this mission,” the former Vogue executive claims.

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