MELANIA Trump dubbed her plan to squeeze Ivanka Trump out of inauguration photos "Operation Block Ivanka," the first lady's former best friend alleges.
Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a self-described former best friend and adviser to the first lady, published a litany of stories about Melania's relationship with her step-children and husband in the book "Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship With the First Lady," out today.
Melania's alleged disdain for Ivanka Trump, the daughter of the president and his first wife, Ivana, is apparent throughout the book, with the first lady reportedly referring to her step-daughter as "Princess." She's even accused of going out of her way during the inauguration to seat Ivanka out of a photographer's immediate frame of the president in a mission Melania supposedly dubbed "Operation Block Ivanka."
In another instance, Melania did not want Ivanka attending a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, so she tasked Wolkoff with leaving the event off Ivanka's calendar. Wolkoff wrote that Ivanka later texted her asking why the event wasn't scheduled.
Wolkoff says the bad blood grew as Ivanka began encroaching on first lady-hosted events.
"Are you kidding me?" Melania reportedly asked Wolkoff about Ivanka's request to cohost for International Women's Day. "Seriously? I'm not co-hosting."
"We need to let her know that I know this is a First Lady event done every year…OMG. They just want to take credit for it," Melania is said to have told Wolkoff when Ivanka asked to collaborate on the annual governors' spouses luncheon.
Melania vs. Ivanka allegedly extended into the fashion realm, as well. When Ivanka wore a KaufmanFranco dress at an event, Melania is reported to have said "Forget it." Wolkoff explained in her book: "If Ivanka was dressed by a designer, Melania would cross them off her list." She then added Melania's supposed text for context: "you know how they are snakes."
Wolkoff joined the White House as an unpaid advisor to Melania until her role in inaugural spending and security clearances came into question in February 2018, when she was ousted for allegedly taking millions of dollars from the inauguration for herself.
Instead, Wolkoff alleges she was told privately that her firing had nothing to do with inaugural spending. Betrayed that Melania didn't defend her, and questioning how the funds went missing, Wolkoff says she began documenting everything to protect herself and even went on to participate in inaugural spending investigations.
Through a series of direct phone calls, meetings, emails, and encrypted messages, Wolkoff says she was able to provide an intimate look at how the first lady interacted with members of the White House and viewed negative media reports on her husband, In one instance, Melania allegedly even asked Wolkoff to delete their texts because she said what they discussed was private.
Among other allegations Wolkoff relates her version of the first lady's infamous choice to wear a green military jacket that read "I really don't care, do u?" on the back when she departed for a tour of a border detention center.
"I'm driving liberals crazy," she said, according to Wolkoff. "You know what? They deserve it," adding she was tired of people who "who connect stuff to my clothes" and she wears what she does "because I like it."
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