Published: 06:17 BST, 28 August 2020 | Updated: 06:50 BST, 28 August 2020
First Lady Melania Trump exchanged a frosty greeting with Ivanka Trump on the stage of the Republican National Convention on Thursday, hours after details of their fraught relationship were released in an excerpt of an upcoming book.
After Ivanka shared an introductory remarks for her father’s acceptance speech she shared a brief glance with Melania walking across the stage.
Melania was captured on video giving the First Daughter a smile and a nod before bulging her eyes and making a cold, sour expression.
Earlier on Thursday an excerpt of an upcoming book penned by Melania’s former best friend Stephanie Winston Wolkoff was released, revealing that the First Lady plotted ‘Operation Block Ivanka’ to prevent Ivanka from appearing in Trump’s inauguration photos.
First Lady Melania Trump exchanged a frosty greeting with Ivanka Trump on the stage of the Republican National Convention on Thursday, hours after details of their fraught relationship were released in an excerpt of an upcoming book
Twitter users had a field day with the icy exchange. This Twitter user captioned the moment saying: ‘Melania Trump gives Ivanka Trump that look that « I like you only because I have to »‘
Social media users were quick to pick up on the tension and posted close-up videos of Melania’s reaction.
‘Melania Trump gives Ivanka Trump that look that « I like you only because I have to, »‘ one Twitter user noted.
‘Call it a hunch, but I don’t think Melania likes Ivanka very much. On that, we can agree,’ another Twitter user commented.
In ‘Operation Block Ivanka’ Melania approved seating arrangements for the inauguration platform that would keep Ivanka out of the camera shot when her father was sworn in as president.
Melania was all smiles when Ivanka wrapped up her speech at the convention and made her way towards the First couple
But after passing by Melania’s face expression turned sour. It comes after Melania’s former best friend Stephanie Winston Wolkoff published an excerpt of her upcoming book Thursday revealing the First Lady plotted ‘Operation Block Ivanka’ to prevent Ivanka from appearing in Trump’s inauguration photos
A slew of Twitter users shared the moment the two shared their awkward glance. This Twitter user said ‘Did Melania just roll her eyes at Ivanka?’
Together they worked out where the cameras would be set on inauguration day and how the chairs for family members should be positioned to get the images they wanted.
‘We were all exhausted and stressed out. Yes, Operation Block Ivanka was petty. Melania was in on this mission. But in our minds, Ivanka shouldn’t have made herself the center of attention in her father’s inauguration,’ Wolkoff wrote.
She notes their operation was a result of the first daughter trying to control the schedule for inauguration day and make sure her family – husband Jared Kushner and their three children – had prominent positions on the big day.
‘It was Donald’s inauguration, not Ivanka’s. 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. Neither was she happy to hear that Ivanka insisted on walking in the Pennsylvania Avenue parade with her children,’ she noted.
Melania Trump plotted to block Ivanka Trump from being in photos of President Trump taking the oath of office on Inauguration Day, in what was dubbed ‘Operation Block Ivanka’
Melania Trump wanted an image like the one above – with her Trump and their son Barron in the forefront
Wolkoff’s book gives legitimacy to years of talk of a rivalry between Melania and Ivanka that has accumulated in an intense, competitive relationship between the two women.
The two most prominent women in President Trump’s life – his 50-year-old wife and his 38-year-old eldest daughter – have little overlap in the White House complex: Ivanka Trump, who serves as an adviser to her father, has an office in the West Wing. Melania Trump works out of the East Wing on the opposite side of the building.
They have never hosted a joint initiative or event. And are rarely seen together at events.
Wolkoff’s forthcoming book ‘Melania and Me: My Years as Confidant, Advisor and Friend to the First Lady’ comes from secretly recorded tapes and years of friendship with Melania. It’ll be released September 1.
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