Melania and Ivanka Had a Big Ol’ Fight Over WH Office Space — And Melania Won

Are Melania and Ivanka Trump friends? It has been said that the pair get along – but recent claims have described tension between the two women.

Donald Trump’s wife is only 11 years his daughter.

Ivanka has never publicly discussed her relationship with the former-model. However, Melania’s spokeswoman has addressed it.

Stephanie Grisham told Vanity Fair that the two women do indeed get along well.

Melania has said of Donald’s children in Harper’s Bazaar in 2016: “They are grown-up. I don’t see myself as their mother.

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

According to former insider and the author of a new tell-all book, this office space caused tension between Melania and her husband’s daughter Ivanka Trump.

Vicky Ward is the author of Kushner, Inc.: Greed. Ambition. Corruption.

When Ward appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, she said Donald Trump is “very ambivalent” about having his daughter and son-in-law working in his White House. “He was very ambivalent about having them come in, he hates it when they get negative press.”

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If that’s true, Colbert said, “why do you think the president doesn’t get them out of there?”

Ward said then-Chief of Staff John Kelly tried to force them to resign, on Trump’s orders, “they came to resign, and Trump couldn’t do it. … He cannot send his daughter home.”

Some of Trump’s supporters argue that “his daughter and her husband may be his undoing, that they are far more dangerous to him than Robert Mueller,” Ward said.

For example, she said, Kushner’s role in firing James Comey as FBI director was much greater, more public, and more apparently self-serving than is widely known.

“Is there anybody left to check the influence of Jared and Ivanka?” Colbert asked. Ward said yes, first lady Melania Trump, “the only person in my book who has ever successfully stood up to Ivanka Trump and won.”

COLBERT: Who is there to say “no” to these people?

WARD: So here’s an interesting suggestion: Melania Trump… is the only person in my book who has ever successfully stood up to Ivanka Trump and won. I have a scene [during the transition in which] Ivanka Trump has told the world that she’s not going to be joining the White House. Absolute rubbish. Behind the scenes [she was] making all the plans. [She actually had] a “Trump family office” drawn up for the East Wing, which is normally the territory of the First Lady. When Melania Trump heard about this, she put a very quick end to Ivanka’s plans.

COLBERT: So, all our hope rests on Melania Trump.

Ward revisited the Melania-Ivanka standoff in an ABC News The Investigation podcast, and she suggested a motivation for Jared and Ivanka’s misbehavior: “Most people go into government for public service. They do seem to have gone in for self-service.”

Ward said she doesn’t know if “these two will be held accountable,” but it could “two ways: Either they will, as a combination of Congress and prosecutors or, you know, their path, their trajectory will continue as it has which seemingly is remarkably unstoppable.”


meet the author

Nicole James is a lifelong Democrat and political activist who first cut her teeth as a teenager volunteering for Mike Dukakis’ presidential campaign. She has worked and volunteered for John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, HFA (Hillary For America) and Organizing For Action. She’s passionate about liberal and progressive causes, and considers President Obama her most favorite president ever. She holds her Bachelor’s from Boston College and her Master’s from Columbia University, both in Economics. When not working as a writer, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her three college-aged children.


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