Melania Trump's absence is glaring as a recent book by her former confidante showed how the relationship between the First Lady and the First Daughter worsened.
Christmas is the perfect time for the family to come together after a busy year. And, nobody had a busier year than the Trump family. Ivanka Trump recently shared a sweet family photo with her husband Jared Kushner, kids Arabella, 9, Joseph, 7, and Theodore, 4, and her father, US President Donald Trump. She wished her followers Merry Christmas on Twitter and Instagram along with sharing the family photo.
As the happy family posed for the camera, it's obvious that a very important resident of the White House was missing from the portrait. First Lady Melania was nowhere to be seen in the photo, and neither were any of Ivanka's siblings. But it was the absence of Melania is the one that was glaring.
It comes amid reports that said Ivanka had been trying to sideline her stepmom from her First Lady duties, according to Mirror UK. It was shared just days after the White House released the Christmas photo of the president and First Lady, sporting matching tuxedos and posing in front of the grand staircase.
In Melania and Me, an ex-confidante of Melania, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, claims to have witnessed "deceit" and "deception" throughout her former friendship. However, the White House denounced the book as a "bizarre twisting of the truth," as per BBC. The author also said that she was working with authorities in an investigation against the US President.
Wolkoff also added that Melania reportedly calls Ivanka as "princess." The ex-confidante also said that the First Lady once described Ivanka and her husband, Kushner, as "snakes." Wolkoff and Melania's friendship ended in 2018 when the latter refused to defend the former, an unpaid White House aide, from accusations of financial mismanagement while planning the inauguration.
"I witnessed the transformation of Melania from gold plate to 24-karat gold," wrote the author of the controversial book, adding: "Watching her now, and seeing that only the gold shell remains, I have to wonder if that's all she ever was, and I was the sucker who bought the fake watch on the street corner." She described the betrayal as being "stabbed in the back."
Meanwhile, a spokesperson of the First Lady had said, "The book is not only full of mistruths and paranoia, it is based on some imagined need for revenge… Sadly, this is a deeply insecure woman whose need to be relevant defies logic."
The Christmas photo shared by the First Daughter was taken before the 25th of December since the commander-in-chief and his wife are spending the holidays at their Mar-a -Lago resort in Palm Beach. It is not known if the extended family will be celebrating the holidays together at any point.
It was first noted that tensions between Melania and Ivanka were rising when the former was seen giving the latter a death stare at the Republican National Convention. "Call it a hunch, but I don't think Melania likes Ivanka very much," one Twitter user joked, as per People. The President's oldest daughter introduced him before his acceptance speech for the Republican nomination, and then he and the first lady walked out from the White House and onto the stage. Melania and Ivanka greeted each other there, which is when the unfriendly look was noticed.
Ivanka also shared a photo of her children leaving their handprints in the White House garden. "The Children’s Garden was a gift from President and Mrs. Johnson to the White House in 1968. The garden features a goldfish pond, an apple tree, tulips and grape hyacinth," she wrote. "Footprints and handprints of Presidents’ children and grandchildren are embedded in the garden’s paved pathway. 10 more bronze pavers were added by @FLOTUS, handprints of each of President Trump’s grandchildren," she continued.
The couple bought a $30 million waterfront lot in Miami and there are also rumors that the First Daughter might run for office herself, according to New York Post.