Melania Trump latest: How FLOTUS battled with Ivanka over East Wing office | World | News

The First Lady, and wife of Donald Trump, is 11 years older than his daughter. Ivanka has never publicly discussed her relationship with her step-mother. Melania’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham told Vanity fair the two women do indeed get along well.

The First Lady told Harpers Bizarre she was not mother to her husband’s children.

She said: “They are grown-up. I don’t see myself as their mother.

“I am their friend, and I’m here when they need me.”

However, according to a former White House insider, on one occasion Melania and Ivanka butted heads.

Vicky Ward, author of ‘Kushner, Inc.: Greed. Ambition. Corruption’, revealed details about the tensions on ‘The Late Show’ with Stephen Colbert.

She said: “Melania Trump is the only person in my book who has ever successfully stood up to Ivanka Trump and won.”

The former White House employee and author said the women argued over office space in the East Wing.

Ms Ward claimed Ivanka had a “Trump family office” drawn up for the East Wing.

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She later moved into her own office in the West Wing of the White House.

Ivanka, instead of Melania, met and socialised with a number of world leaders and CEOs in the first few months of Trump’s presidency.

Two sources in fashion and media told Vanity Fair they have “observed a frostiness between the two”.

The publisher added: “Ivanka seems to have an intense personal will to power, but there is no doubt that stepping in for Melania has also been an obligation.”

Ms Ward claimed Trump is “very ambivalent” about having his daughter and son-in-law working in the White House.

She said: “He was very ambivalent about having them come in, he hates it when they get negative press.”

Ms Ward was asked by Mr Colbert why the President “doesn’t get them out of there?”

She said ex-chief of staff John Kelly tried to force Jared and Ivanka to resign, on Trump’s orders.

The author added: “They came to resign, and Trump could’t do it.

“He cannot send his daughter home.”

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