It’s not just “Javanka’s” fantasies of future political power that have been fractured throughout Donald Trump’s term.
Sources close to the outgoing President’s eldest daughter, Ivanka, have declared her relationship with her stepmother, First Lady Melania Trump, is also in ruins.
Four years ago, the pair “both were aware and respectful of one another’s turf”, a report by CNN said.
Now, the tension between the two is so bad, one source told the publication, there is little desire by either to even be in the same room.
Rumours of the two women’s ongoing feud have gained momentum since Mr Trump was elected President, with a book by Melania’s former friend, Stephanie Wolkoff, detailing how she thwarted Ivanka’s campaign to be the White House’s most important female.
Melania reportedly mockingly nicknamed her ambitious stepdaughter “Princess” behind her back, and the relationship is both strained and competitive, with aides working overtime to keep the two apart, Wolkoff claimed.
There have also long been reports that Ivanka tried to poach her stepmother’s duties as First Lady and her staff.
Wolkoff, who is Melania’s former senior adviser, even went as far as calling the President’s 39-year-old daughter “the serial poacher”.
“And I mean that, in a sense like she poached individuals that we were – for the East Wing – that we were vetting to have, Kayleigh McEnany, Mercedes Schlapp,” she said in an episode of The Daily Beast’s podcast The New Abnormal.
“I mean, these were people Melania was looking to bring in. We called [Ivanka] the serial poacher.”
Author Mary Jordan wrote in The Art Of Her Deal: The Untold Story Of Melania Trump that Ivanka was so determined to take up space in the White House that she once suggested renaming the “First Lady’s Office” the “First Family Office”.
“Melania did not allow that to happen,” Jordan noted in an article adapted for The Washington Post. “It was tradition, and she was not going to let her stepdaughter change it.”
Jordan said the pair’s strained relationship stems from as far back as their vastly different upbringings.
“Ivanka has called Melania ‘The Portrait’ because she says that her stepmother talks about as much as a painting on the wall. Melania has been heard calling Ivanka ‘The Princess’ because she thinks she is royalty. Stepdaughter-mother relationships probably are hard in any case, but these two women are not that far apart in age.
“They were both former models. They both could not have come up more differently. At 14 years old, when Ivanka started modelling, she was already getting in the headlines. At 16, she was on the cover of a magazine.
“Melania was 26 when she arrived in America, she was already considered old and nobody knew who Melania Knauss was. Melania really had to work hard in her modelling career, and Ivanka did not. It changes, but they’ve had a pretty tense relationship.”