June 13, 2020

"While Melania stayed in New York, Ivanka continued to establish herself in the West Wing, notorious for its cramped and limited working spaces."

"According to several people, she was eyeing real estate in the East Wing as well, the domain of the first lady. Among other proposals, Ivanka suggested renaming the 'First Lady’s Office' the 'First Family Office.' Melania did not allow that to happen. It was tradition, and she was not going to let her stepdaughter change it. Ivanka’s office remained in the West Wing. Melania’s delay in moving from New York initially put her at a disadvantage. Even some of the staff positions and budgets that would have been available to support the first lady’s office were gone, diverted to support those in the West Wing, including Ivanka.... With Melania away, Ivanka used the private theater, with its plush red seats, and enjoyed other White House perks. Some said she treated the private residence as if it were her own home. Melania did not like it. When she and Barron finally moved in, she put an end to the 'revolving door' by enforcing firm boundaries.... People working in the West Wing say they have heard Trump criticize Don Jr. and Eric and even Ivanka for doing or saying something that the president thought was not helpful, but none could recall hearing him say anything negative about Melania.... More than a dozen past or current White House officials interviewed attributed Melania’s influence to the fact that Trump believed that just about everyone else had an agenda, except Melania. He believed she had no ulterior motive and just wanted him to succeed...."

From "How Melania Trump blocked Ivanka Trump from encroaching on her domain" by Mary Jordan (adapted from the book, "The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump")(WaPo).

46 comments:

Inga said...

Good for you Melania for not letting that little daddy’s girl step on your toes.

Drago said...

Did we ever get the final number of people hit by objects tossed by Hillary Clinton in anger?

For the sake of completeness, this number should include all struck targets whether or not Hillary happened to be under medication or drunk as well as aggregate totals to ensure those that were struck multiple times on different occasions are fully captured.

William said...

This will probably outsell the Bolton book. The gossip here is more interesting. I wonder which dossier the writer used for source material...I'm pretty sure that there is some nasty gossip extant about the Trump family, but I just don't believe in the reliability of its current purveyors. Well, no writer ever lost money or reputation telling a lie about Trump. The trick is to tell an interesting and credible lie. This is in the realm of the possible.

Mark said...

You have already spent more time on this than it deserves for all of us simply by cutting and pasting an excerpt.

It is all rather catty.

I'm not playing the game.

Readering said...

It makes sense in white house to make use of all available space. But surprised Ivanka would want to situate herself away from the power center. Lots of folks could get better quarters in nearby EOB but prefer cramped space near Oval Office.

Funny a short time ago I commented on melana's first 6 months and was attacked. It was for Barron's schooling, when it turns out it was for Melania's prenup.

Earnest Prole said...

If Trump leaves office in January 2021 he may have still have time for Wife #4. If he’s re-elected I doubt he’ll have energy left for replacement wife hunting in 2025. On the other hand, unpredictability is the guy’s middle name.

whitney said...

Every single thing I learn about that woman increases my opinion of her. Every single thing

Can Of Cheese for Hunter said...

DEMOCRACY DIES IN DARKNESS!

+ WAPO is gossip tabloid to the... west wing.

Narayanan said...

Book Says Melania Trump Delayed Washington Move as Negotiating Tack
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goddess of Art of Deal

Drago said...

Inga: "Good for you Melania for not letting that little daddy’s girl step on your toes."

Inga swallows whatever the MSM feeds her.

Yancey Ward said...

I would bet pretty much this entire story is fabricated.

William said...

Some public figures are gossip repellent. There's some gossip about JFK, but I'm sure that the stories extant are only about ten percent of what actually happened, and we knew none of it until after his death. MLK had some romantic adventures, but God help the writer who chooses to write about them....Trump is just the opposite. He certainly has a disreputable past, but many of the scandals about him are exaggerated or even fabricated. He's definitely a sludge magnet.

Bob Loblaw said...

Two women under the same roof, related by marriage, vie to become queen bee.

News at eleven.

Michael K said...

hitney said...
Every single thing I learn about that woman increases my opinion of her. Every single thing


Me too. Readering is heading in Inga direction.

The next question is whether writing anything nice about a Trump will cause a reporter hysteria.

Krumhorn said...

More than a dozen past or current White House officials interviewed attributed Melania’s influence to the fact that Trump believed that just about everyone else had an agenda, except Melania. He believed she had no ulterior motive and just wanted him to succeed....

Hmmmm.....not all that hard to explain if the guy wants to get laid once in awhile.

- Krumhorn

MikeD said...

As soon as I read ""According to several people" followed by WaPo link I knew it was all BS!

BUMBLE BEE said...

The "Usual Sources" I see. Add your clairvoyant, fifty cent per post trolls makes for an amusing Saturday night. Ernie got some "special" tea leaves there.

Browndog said...

Brought to you by-

Trump watches Gorilla tv, 24/7.

Gets mad when it's not on. We have sources!

Inga said...

“Every single thing I learn about that woman increases my opinion of her. Every single thing.”

Which woman? Melania or Ivanka? I’m assuming you mean Melania, if so I agree .

Readering said...

Ha, you've lumped me with Inga for years. Unfortunate that there are so few commenters here for the insult specialists to lump us with.

Mary Beth said...

If this is the best they can do for gossip, there really isn't anything to talk about. Ivanka used the theater and other perks! Oh, no!

I guess Michelle Obama's mother spent her eight years in the White House secluded in her room.

Freeman Hunt said...

For better or for worse, never underestimate the influence of a spouse.

Unknown said...

Washington Post. Fake

chickelit said...

Estrogenous zone fodder

Marcus Bressler said...

Don't believe anything that comes out of the WashPost.

THEOLDMAN

#FakeGossipNews

Francisco D said...

Inga said... Good for you Melania for not letting that little daddy’s girl step on your toes.

Nothing like juicy gossip, is there?

Skeptical Voter said...

The only thing drearier than "inside the swamp" gossip is "inside the First Family" gossip

But I suppose it's catnip for the clowns who still read the WaPoo.

Michael K said...

Readering said...
Ha, you've lumped me with Inga for years. Unfortunate that there are so few commenters here for the insult specialists to lump us with.


If you refer to me , I ignored you. The lefties never post comments about policy. It is always Trump hate. Do you have an opinion on China? On Russia aside from the hoax? Do you believe that "climate change" is going to destroy the world? Any evidence? Freder does. I give him some credit for that even if he is always wrong.

Sebastian said...

"Trump believed that just about everyone else had an agenda, except Melania. He believed she had no ulterior motive and just wanted him to succeed"

Not sure the writer has any better insight into Trump's mind here than you or I, but if Trump thought this, he would have been right.

But this also indicates one of his failures as president: to create a team that truly wants him to succeed. Most establishment types either opposed him or worked with him while looking over their shoulder for approval from other establishment types. Gotta protect future lobbying and consulting gigs. Pence is one of the few exceptions.

R. Duke said...

If there are pictures of Melania, I might buy it. Every time I see a picture of her I think, 'now that's making America great again.'

Saint Croix said...

that would be a great movie

Ambrose said...

If he were a Democrat, we'd be reading about the powerful women that he has surrounded himself with.

iowan2 said...

Wapo asserts...without evidence. Let's get back to the Hawaiian shirts. That's a fable I can get excited about.

n.n said...

WaPo judges warlocks and hunts witches in progress. The audacity after 16 trimesters... #HateLovesAbortion

Narayanan said...

Ambrose said...
If he were a Democrat, we'd be reading about the powerful women that he has surrounded himself with.
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Trumps NSC leaders are women

FullMoon said...

"Trump believed that just about everyone else had an agenda, except Melania. He believed she had no ulterior motive and just wanted him to succeed"

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Intended to sow discord. Next up Melania/Ivanka disputes/breaks silence

Michael K said...

Wapo asserts...without evidence. Let's get back to the Hawaiian shirts. That's a fable I can get excited about.

I ordered a couple from a company that's going out of business.

Nice bargain , I hope. Now, if I can just find a Boogaloo chapter,

Andrew said...

I agree with those here who really like Melania. There's something special about her.

It's obviously none of my business, but I wish she would appear in public more. Supposedly she knows five languages. I'd love to hear her translate something in each of those languages at a press conference, just to remind the media that she's smarter than they are.

I get the impression that she loves and respects her husband. I may be wrong. But it can't be easy for her to see him attacked relentlessly. At the very least, she appears loyal.

There was one early Trump rally where Melania read the Lord's Prayer at the beginning. I've always wanted to hear more about that. Was it her choice? What does her faith mean to her? In any case, if she were to speak even briefly at an upcoming MAGA rally, the audience would warmly embrace her. She should start a chant of "Slovenian lives matter!" and make all the haters go nuts.

Readering said...

Start to ignore me now, please.. You and Drago lead the pack in snide comments. They don't hurt anyone but the person drawing on the bile to make them.

walter said...

Put an end to the 1st spouse pseudo-monarchial BS.
They're not elected..nor arguably accountable.

Readering said...

One revelation of the book is she only speaks 2 languages, Slovenian and English.

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Darrell said...

The whole article is a lie, just like all the previous "revelations" were lies. Melania and Ivanka get along just fine. There is no "rivalry" or backbiting. It's a real family in the traditional sense where each person looks out for the other. The Left never got hold of any of Trump's kids like they did with Patti and Ron Reagan. Family was always home base with Trump's kids. Ivanka has her own family and time with her kids is precious given the duties she has taken on with no financial compensation.

mezzrow said...

...no writer ever lost money or reputation telling a lie about Trump. The trick is to tell an interesting and credible lie. This is in the realm of the possible.

Quote Of The Week.

Jim at said...

I wonder if these people ever get tired of making shit up.

Carl said...

I'm wondering if any part of this is supposed to be negative for Melania, or for Donald for that matter? It seems completely normal and healthy to me.