First Lady Melania Trump exchanged a frosty greeting with Ivanka Trump on the Republican National Convention stage Thursday, hours after details of their strained relationship were published in an excerpt from an upcoming book.
After sharing an introductory comment on her father's acceptance speech, Ivanka glanced at Melania as she walked across the stage.
Melania was caught on video of the first daughter giving a smile and a nod before bulging her eyes and making a cold, sour look.
An excerpt from an upcoming book written by Melania's former best friend Stephanie Winston Wolkoff was released the previous Thursday. It revealed that the first lady planned "Operation Block Ivanka" to prevent Ivanka from appearing in Trump's opening photos.
First Lady Melania Trump exchanged a frosty greeting with Ivanka Trump on the Republican National Convention stage Thursday, hours after details of their strained relationship were published in an excerpt from an upcoming book
Icy Relationship: Melania's face went cold after the first daughter passed by
Twitter users had a great day with the icy exchange. This Twitter user provided the moment with the words: "Melania Trump gives Ivanka Trump the look that" I only like you because I have to "."
Social media users quickly saw the tension and posted close-ups of Melania's reaction.
"Melania Trump gives Ivanka Trump the look that" I only like you because I have to, "remarked a Twitter user.
“Call it a hunch, but I don't think Melania likes Ivanka very much. We can agree on that, ”commented another Twitter user.
"Melania Ivanka just rolled her eyes," asked another Twitter user.
In Operation Block Ivanka, Melania approved seating arrangements for the inauguration platform that would keep Ivanka out of the camera if her father was sworn in as president.
Wolkoff, who oversaw large events like the Met Gala, helped organize events related to Trump's inauguration.
Melania smiled as Ivanka finished her speech at the Congress and made her way to meet the first couple
But after walking past Melania's expression, he got mad. It comes after Melania's former best friend Stephanie Winston Wolkoff published an excerpt from her upcoming book on Thursday in which the first lady reveals "Operation Block Ivanka" to prevent Ivanka from appearing in Trump's opening photos
A crowd of Twitter users shared the moment the two shared their awkward look. This Twitter user said: "Did Melania Ivanka just roll her eyes?"
Together they worked out where the cameras should be placed on the day of the inauguration and how the chairs should be positioned for family members to get the desired images.
In the end, Ivanka was placed behind Melania, lost from view in some pictures.
& # 39; We were all exhausted and stressed. Yes, Operation Block Ivanka was petty. Melania was on that mission. But in our eyes Ivanka shouldn't have put herself at the center of her father's inauguration, ”Wolkoff wrote.
She notes that her surgery was the result of the first daughter trying to control the inauguration day schedule and ensuring that her family – husband Jared Kushner and their three children – were in prominent positions on the big day.
& # 39; It was Donald's inauguration, not Ivanka's. But nobody was brave enough to tell her that. Melania wasn't thrilled with Ivanka's control of the schedule and wouldn't allow it. Nor was she pleased to hear Ivanka insist on taking her children to the Pennsylvania Avenue parade, ”she said.
Melania Trump planned to prevent Ivanka Trump from appearing in photos of President Trump taking the oath of office on the day of inauguration in what has been referred to as "Operation Block Ivanka".
Melania Trump wanted a picture like the one above – with her Trump and son Barron in the foreground
Wolkoff's book legitimizes years of discussions about a rivalry between Melania and Ivanka that has accumulated in an intense, competitive relationship between the two women.
The two most prominent women in President Trump's life – his 50-year-old wife and 38-year-old eldest daughter – have little overlap in the White House complex: Ivanka Trump, who acts as her father's advisor, has an office in the west wing. Melania Trump works in the east wing on the opposite side of the building.
You have never hosted a joint initiative or event. And are rarely seen together at events.
Wolkoff's upcoming book "Melania and I: My Years as Confidante, Advisor and Friend of the First Lady" comes from secretly recorded tapes and years of friendship with Melania. It will be released on September 1st.