Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump’s daughter and senior adviser, has sought to undermine Melania Trump in a series of White House turf wars, according to a new book from a former confidante of the first lady.
After one of those fights, because of interference in the first lady’s attempts to appoint a new chief of staff, Melania called her stepdaughter and her allies “snakes”.
The latest news of dysfunction in the nation’s First Family comes as Melania Trump prepares to speak for Donald at the Republican National Convention in Washington on Tuesday night. Ivanka is expected to introduce her father as he accepts the party’s nomination for re-election on Thursday.
Melania & Me, by Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, will be released on September 1, in the tumultuous wake of a revealing bestseller by Trump’s niece, Mary Trump. The guard got a copy.
An example of the intestinal war detailed by Wolkoff concerns suspicions that former Trump deputy campaign leader Rick Gates was behind a Michelle Obama plagiarism scandal that hampered Melania Trump’s speech at the last Republican National Convention, in Cleveland in 2016.
An aide to Melania took responsibility for the fiasco, but Wolkoff writes, “If Ivanka was in control of Rick and Rick wrote Melania’s convention speech, did that mean Ivanka was behind this major misstep / sabotage?”
According to editor Simon & Schuster, Wolkoff, an event planner in New York’s high society, has known Melania Trump since 2003, their friendship forged “over lunches in Manhattan hot spots, tie nights. black voices and laughter sessions in the Trump Tower penthouse. “.
Wolkoff went to work for Melania Trump in the White House unpaid, recruiting staff, organizing events, writing speeches and creating political initiatives.
But first, she helped plan Donald Trump’s inauguration. Special counsel Robert Mueller and authorities in New York, New Jersey and the District of Columbia have all investigated the personal transaction allegations surrounding these events, which Gates also worked on.
In February 2018, the New York Times reported that of $ 107 million raised to fund the event, roughly double what Barack Obama raised in 2009, an events company founded by Wolkoff was paid nearly $ 26 million. Wolkoff personally received $ 1.62 million, according to the newspaper, of which she put $ 500,000 in the bank.
Wolkoff left the White House shortly after, according to the New York Times due to the fallout from his report, which included a government watchdog accusing the inaugural committee of “budget mismanagement at its worst.”
The first lady refused to defend her friend. Simon & Schuster says that Melania & Me is a response to a “betrayal” that “nearly destroyed Wolkoff”.
On Monday, citing anonymous sources, reporter Yashar Ali said Wolkoff used recorded conversations containing “harsh comments” on Ivanka Trump and “even negative comments on [Melania’s] mari, President Trump ».
On Donald Trump, regarding his alleged extramarital affairs and his bragging about catching women ‘by the pussy’, Wolkoff quotes the first lady as saying ‘I know who I married’ and insisting that his first priority is his son, Barron.
Ivanka is described as determined to steal her stepmother’s fire at official events, even using Gates, who was ultimately convicted of conspiring and lying to the FBI during Mueller’s election interference investigation. Russian, as an “internal source” on the plans of the first lady.
Gates cooperated with the special advocate and was sentenced to 45 days in prison.
Among the clashes described by Wolkoff are the attempts to gatecrash the inauguration, which led to Wolkoff and Melania leading “Operation Block Ivanka”; a fight to sit down for Donald’s first speech to Congress; the “snakes” episode, on a job offer for Kayleigh McEnany, who would later become Donald Trump’s press secretary; and the first lady’s fury over a leak regarding the family viewing of the movie Finding Dory as protests raged against Trump’s first travel ban against some Muslim-majority countries.
“Ivanka’s fingerprints were everywhere,” Wolkoff writes, adding that an enraged first lady sent “a tirade of texts asking who approved Ivanka Trump – a White House employee – to use the screening room, which was part of the residence, aka Melania. domain ”.
“This is my house,” Wolkoff told him. “Do they come into my apartment in New York whenever they want?” No! “