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Melania had to stop Ivanka from muscling in on the First Lady’s office and renaming it

Melania had to stop Ivanka from muscling in on the First Lady’s office and renaming it

Having even a single member of the Trump family involved in our government would be one too many, but when he seized the Oval Office in 2016 Donald saw it as an opportunity to foist most of his detestable family onto the American people.

Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner have all unfortunately become fixtures in American politics with some of them serving as media surrogates for President Trump and some of them serving in official positions within his administration. It is, in every sense, an inexcusable parade of nepotism marching hand-in-hand with staggering incompetency.

According to a new book by Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Mary Jordan though, the Trump family isn’t always united behind closed doors. Excerpts published by The Washington Post reveal that Ivanka—who serves as a Senior Advisor in her father’s administration—attempted to have the First Lady’s Office renamed the “First Family Office,” in what was clearly a naked power grab and attempt to solidify her own prominence and prestige within the White House. Rather than simply roll over and allow it, First Lady Melania managed to block the move.

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Ivanka’s plan formed in the early days of her father’s presidency. At the time, Melania was still living in Trump Tower in New York City with her son Barron, a power move on her part as she worked to renegotiate her prenuptial agreement with her odious husband. Her absence in the White House created a power vacuum of sorts that Ivanka sought to exploit.

“With Melania away, Ivanka used the private theater, with its plush red seats, and enjoyed other White House perks. Some said she treated the private residence as if it were her own home. Melania did not like it. When she and Barron finally moved in, she put an end to the ‘revolving door’ by enforcing firm boundaries,” writes Jordan in The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump.

Business Insider spoke to White House spokesperson Judd Deere, who denied the allegations.

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“This is totally false. The media is once again running untrue information from anonymous sources and not once did anyone fact check this with the White House or Ivanka Trump,” claimed Deere.

Of course, at this point, there is no reason to believe a single thing this administration says given its unprecedented comfortability with lying, so Deere’s rebuttal should be taken with a grain of salt.

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