Melania Trump called Ivanka Trump and family ‘snakes’
One of the top memes of the final night of the Republican National Convention showed Melania Trump’s radiant smile collapsing into a look of distaste — even alarm — after Ivanka Trump greeted her on stage.
The latest tell-all about Melania Trump, written by her former close friend, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, offers a possible backstory for the seemingly withering look the first lady gave to her stepdaughter, whom she calls ‘princess.’
First Lady Melania Trump appeared to stop smiling as Ivanka, the US president’s daughter, joined them on stage at the Republican convention.
— SkyNews (@SkyNews) August 28, 2020
In “Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady,” Winston Wolkoff wrote that Melania once described Ivanka Trump and other family members working in the White House and controlling the Republican Party as a bunch of “snakes,” according to ABC News.
In an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning American, Winston Wolkoff similarly described Ivanka Trump and the Trump family as a callous clan tainted by “deceit” and “deception.”
“It was amateur hour then, and it’s amateur hour now, and I think it’s really frightening for our country,” Winston Wolkoff said in the interview, the day before the release of her book.
“Everyone does need to know what … this presidency is doing and what this propaganda machine behind this man at the White House is doing,” Winston Wolkoff said.
Winston Wolkoff, a longtime events planner for the Met Gala and other Vogue magazine events, became friends with the former Melania Knauss when she was still Donald Trump’s model girlfriend. Winston Wolkoff began working for the Trump transition team in late 2016 to help “produce” Trump’s inauguration. She continued to work for Melania Trump as an unpaid advisor after her husband took office.
Winston Wolkoff told “Good Morning America’ that she’s still “working with investigators,” probing alleged financial crimes committed in connection with Donald Trump’s January 2017 inauguration. Local and federal investigators, including the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York, are scrutinizing the $104 million spent, the most ever for a presidential inauguration.
The attorney general for the District of Columbia has filed a lawsuit that alleges the nonprofit inaugural committee spent more than $1 million at the Trump International Hotel as part of a scheme “to enrich the Trump family,” ABC News reported.
Winston Wolkoff said she raised concerns about allegedly excessive spending for the events, including $130,000 Tiffany crystal bowls that were purchased as gifts for guests to an inaugural dinner hosted by Melania Trump. Winston Wolkoff said Melania approved the purchase of the bowls.
Trump’s inaugural committee dismissed Winston Wolkoff’s allegations about inappropriate spending, while a White House spokesperson accused her of trying to “profit off lies and mischaracterizations meant to harm the first family.”
With regard to the first family, Winston Wolkoff’s book alleges that they are not the picture of unity they portray in public, including at last week’s convention. She also described the “palace intrigue” of the Trump White House, saying it is a workplace “filled with friction, suspicion, deceit, deception.”
The relationship between Melania Trump and Ivanka Trump is particularly tense, Winston Wolkoff wrote. That’s in large part due to Ivanka Trump’s “relentless” drive and ambition, she explained.
Political commentators observed that Ivanka Trump, her father’s White House senior advisor, effectively presented herself as a “co-president” during her convention speech last week. Ivanka Trump praised her father, while touting her own role in what she said were his administration’s signature accomplishments.
There also is talk that Ivanka Trump harbors political ambitions of her own, but Melania Trump has scoffed at Ivanka Trump’s idea of following in her father’s footsteps and running for president, Winston Wolkoff’s book reveals.
A source connected to Winston Wolkoff told the Daily Mail that her book reveals how the first lady “would roll her eyes whenever she heard Ivanka ramble on about her grand plan on becoming America’s first female president with Jared by her side.”
The book said that “Jared would ultimately chime in with, ”She’s got what it takes, she’s a born leader, the people love her, look at her,’ and Melania would mumble ‘no thank you,’” the source told the Daily Mail.
Winston Wolkoff explained to ABC News that Ivanka Trump’s drive for White House power started when she tried to assume some of Melania Trump’s first lady responsibilities.
“Ivanka would never stop trying to muscle in on Melania’s events,” Winston Wolkoff said.
Before Melania Trump moved to Washington DC in early 2017, Ivanka Trump tried to “take over” offices in the East Wing that are normally used by first ladies, Winston Wolkoff told ABC News. She explained that she had to personally place labels on the office doors of the East Wing to prevent Ivanka Trump’s team from trying to claim them.
A source close to Ivanka Trump insisted to ABC News that the first daughter “never considered having an office in the East Wing.”