Melania Trump is discovering that the famous phrase “with friends like these, who needs enemies” applies perfectly to her life at the moment with the release of a bombshell book by Stephanie Winston Wolkoff.
Wolkoff is set to drop her first memoir entitled Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady, where she revealed many embarrassing details about the inauguration of Donald Trump in January 2017.
Wolkoff was paid $26 million to plan the inauguration, and she confessed that the money was well spent — she teamed up with Melania and worked tirelessly to make sure that Ivanka Trump went through hell the day her father was sworn into office.
According to the fashion and entertainment executive, Melania is not a big fan of her stepdaughter, whom she calls “princess” because she has to be the center of attraction all the time.
The former senior advisor to First Lady of the United States explained that the president’s daughter reached out to her with a picture of Barack Obama with his hand on the bible during his 2009 inauguration with his wife and children by his side.
Ivanka told Wolkoff that she wanted the Trump family to recreate the iconic image. Wolkoff and Melania went on a mission to make sure that Ivanka’s day was ruined.
Wolkoff stated: “Ivanka texted me a photo of Barack Obama’s swearing-in, his hand on the Bible, Michelle, Malia, and Sasha standing to his left. She wrote, ‘FYI regarding the swearing-in. It is nice to have family with him for this special moment.'”
She continued: “Instead, Melania and I launched Operation Block Ivanka to keep her face out of that iconic ‘special moment.’ To plan this, I needed to know exactly where the family would be seated and the camera angles. One of the WIS executives sent me notes from the walk-through. He had been prohibited from taking pictures; instead, he’d drawn a sketch to give me a decent overview of the Trump section and where the chairs would be positioned in a semicircle around the dais. We knew where the cameras would be located because the platforms were already in place. Using his sketch, we were able to figure out whose face would be visible when Donald and Melania sat in their seats, and then when the family stood with Chief Justice John Roberts for Donald to take the oath of office. If Ivanka was not on the aisle, her face would be hidden while she was seated. For the standing part, we put Barron between Donald and Melania and made sure that Don Jr. stood next to Melania, not Ivanka.”
The businesswoman concluded: “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.”
A viral video from the Republican National Convention featuring Melania and Ivanka illustrates the tension between the two women.
I see that Melania and Ivanka are getting along juuuuust fine. pic.twitter.com/ktnmRBBG7Q
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