'The Princess' and 'The Portrait': A new biography reveals Melania and Ivanka Trump's snarky nicknames for each other
A new biography reveals the nicknames First Lady Melania Trump and Ivanka Trump have for each other. Melania called Ivanka "The Princess," while Ivanka used to call Melania "The Portrait" because she spoke so rarely. The nicknames shared between President Donald Trump's wife and daughter were revealed in a new profile on Melania by Washington Post reporter Mary Jordan, called "The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump." The book is based on over 100 interviews, but White House spokesman Judd Deere told Business Insider the book's claims were "totally false."
Melania Trump has been heard calling Ivanka Trump "The Princess" while Ivanka used to call Melania "The Portrait" because she spoke so rarely, according to a new biography of the first lady. The snarky nicknames shared between President Donald Trump's wife and daughter are the latest details to be revealed by a biography on Melania Trump by Washington Post reporter Mary Jordan, called "The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump." The "tension" between Trump's wife and daughter was reported on in a book preview by The New York Times on Sunday. The book also outlined how Ivanka and Melania clashed over an attempt by Ivanka to rename the First Lady's Office in the White House the "First Family Office," before Melania had moved in, Business Insider's Tom Porter previously reported. "With Melania away, Ivanka used the private theatre, 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," Jordan wrote. Ivanka and Melania's relationship has appeared strained at times, increasingly so since Trump became president. CNN correspondent Kate Bennett wrote another biography of Melania called "Free, Melania: The Unauthorized Biography, which was published late last year, that said there had been increasing friction between the two, and their relationship was "cordial, not close," Business Insider previously reported. Bennet wrote that Melania wore a jacket on a trip to the Mexican border to meet migrant children in June 2018, with the words: "I really don't care, do U?" emblazoned on the back as a dig at Ivanka. She wrote that it was a "facetious jab Ivanka and her near-constant attempts to attach herself for positive administration talking points." Other details revealed in Jordan's new biography include the fact Trump took two hours to find the courage to face Melania after the "Access Hollywood" tape came out, Business Insider's Mia Jankowicz previously reported. The tape showed Trump bragging about how he'd tried to kiss women without asking and saying "grab 'em by the pussy." White House spokesman Judd Deere told Business Insider the book's claims were "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," he said. The book is based on over 100 interviews, though many were off the record. It was released June 16. Read more
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Top Pence aides who tested positive for coronavirus are some of the 18 most important Pence-world power players. Find out who's guiding the potential 2024 nominee.
Summary List Placement Vice President Mike Pence has a powerful and loyal circle of advisors and family...Summary List Placement Vice President Mike Pence has a powerful and loyal circle of advisors and family members who behind the scenes have helped him rise to one of the most important jobs in American politics and policy. They're also positioned to help him go even further. What's perhaps most critical to know about Pence is that he's an all-important bridge between Trump's political base and the conservative religious and establishment stalwarts that make up the boundaries of the Republican Party. He keeps a relatively low profile through it all, but he has installed many of his longtime advisors in key administration and political roles, allowing him to shape the policy and personnel that govern the country. Many of Pence's top aides, including Marty Obst and Marc Lotter, play significant roles in Trump's campaign and administration. This list illustrates how much of Trumpworld is secretly Penceworld — and what that will mean come 2024 as Pence enters the Republican nominating contest, no matter who wins this November, as the undisputed front-runner. On October 24, Bloomberg Newsreported that Obst and Pence's chief of staff, Marc Short, had both tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the potentially deadly disease right into the vice president's inner orbit days before the election. Over the weekend, Bloomberg and the New York Times have reported that a handful of other individuals have also tested positive. Pence and his wife have tested negative, the White House said. Kellyanne Conway, a key Pence ally who worked for Trump in the White House, previously tested positive herself. Insider will update the Pence rankings periodically to reflect any important changes.SEE ALSO: Meet the most important 67 Democrats trying to make Donald Trump a one-term president, and elect Joe Biden DON'T MISS: The definitive list of the 50 most important Trump-world power players working to win the president four more years Second lady Karen Pence Pence may surround himself with a tight-knit group of loyalists, but his inner circle consists of just one person: second lady Karen Pence. When Pence served in the House, he had a faux-antique phone installed on his desk, and only his wife and their children had the number. As he ascended to the Indiana governor's mansion and the White House, she has served as a quiet but powerful advisor and gatekeeper for her husband. The deeply religious couple have drawn fascination and criticism from political watchers, and Karen Pence plays a key role in influencing her husband's conservative policy stances. In 2002, Pence told The Hill that he didn't eat alone with a woman who isn't his wife — known generally as the "Billy Graham rule," for the late Christian evangelist. Pence didn't adopt that stance until he moved to Washington in 2001 as a new member of the House of Representatives. He later drew heat for that position from critics who said he was being sexist. Like her predecessor Jill Biden, Karen Pence returned to her teaching job while holding the office of second lady. But the Virginia school where she accepted a part-time art-teaching position requires employees to disavow same-sex marriage, prohibits premarital sex for employees, and effectively bars LGBTQ employees, The Washington Post reported. As Pence seeks a second term as vice president and likely has his eye on the top job four years from now, be sure to keep an eye on the woman at his side. Marty Obst, chief political advisor Obst is the most important political advisor to the vice president outside Karen Pence. He works for the Trump-Pence campaign as a bridge between the two running mates, but he's been with Pence for years. Obst began as a fundraiser before evolving into Pence's chief political advisor and helped get him on the 2016 ticket. He's been helping Pence with the campaign's swing-state strategy. On October 24, Bloomberg News reported that Obst had tested positive for coronavirus, raising questions about the vice president's safety and his decision to continue campaigning in the final days of the race. Marc Short, chief of staff Short is one of the vice president's most trusted aides, back to when he joined Pence's team at the end of 2008. He is viewed among Pence's advisors and friends as a critical connection to the conservative donor class and one of the people who first helped plug in Pence with national conservative leaders more than a decade ago. He became a key aide for Pence in the House, and in 2017 he played on that experience as Trump's top legislative liaison on Capitol Hill, charged with turning the president's agenda into law. In March 2019, Pence named Short his chief of staff. Early in the pandemic, he exerted "significant influence" over the vice president's coronavirus task force that oversees the nation's pandemic response, The Washington Post reported. He reportedly voiced skepticism of the severity of the pandemic, questioned data provided to the president, and pushed for an early reopening of the economy. The US's coronavirus response has been patchwork and contradictory. During it, there have been about 224,000 deaths from COVID-19. On October 24, Bloomberg News reported that Short had tested positive for coronavirus. "While Vice President Pence is considered a close contact with Mr. Short, in consultation with the White House Medical Unit, the vice president will maintain his schedule in accordance with the C.D.C. guidelines for essential personnel," Pence spokesman Devin O'Malley told the Times in a statement. Kellyanne Conway, former senior White House advisor and counselor to the president Conway started polling for Pence more than a decade ago at about the same time that Short joined Pence's team. Since then she has served as a critical bridge between Pence and the social conservatives who helped fuel his rise on the national stage. She has also served as an important connection to the New York donors who help fuel Republican campaigns. She even set up the very first meeting between Trump and Pence in 2011, though the meeting was considered a dud at the time. Conway started the 2016 campaign as an anti-Trump Republican supporting Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's bid, but like many others, she joined Trump after it was clear he would be the party's nominee. She is one of the rare advisors in Trump's orbit who was never forced out of the White House or his political operation — something other Trump advisors attribute to her not trying to take credit for Trump's efforts. She left the White House in August to spend more time with her pseudo-celebrity family, which includes a husband lawyer who is among Trump's most outspoken critics and a teenage daughter who frequently airs criticism of the president on TikTok. On October 2, Conway announced she tested positive for COVID-19 amid a White House outbreak that has infected top advisors and even the president and first lady Melania Trump. Corey Lewandowski, PAC advisor Lewandowski serves as an important bridge between Trump loyalists and Pence's insular operation. Team Pence threw the former Trump 2016 campaign manager a lifeline in 2018, hiring him for their super PAC at a time when Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, and others were trying to keep him away from the president. Lewandowski and Trump's children later buried the hatchet, just before the 2020 reelection kicked off in earnest. Lewandowski has deep ties in New Hampshire and flew with Pence there last year when the vice president formally filed paperwork for Trump's reelection bid (the surest sign that Pence wasn't getting dumped from Trump's ticket). Since 2018, he has advised Pence's fundraising entity, Great America Committee PAC. It's unusual for vice presidents to launch their own PACs while in office, but the move could signal Pence's higher ambitions for the future — and Lewandowski's potential role in it. Marc Lotter, former spokesman Lotter almost stumbled into Pence's operation in 2015 as the then-Indiana governor was fighting with a former Democratic schools superintendent for control of the state school system. He got pulled in as the education spokesman for Pence and later stuck with him even as other Republicans largely wrote Pence off in the wake of 2015's "religious-freedom" battle. Lotter used to book Pence for TV hits in the mid-'90s when he was a producer. He followed Pence onto the 2016 campaign trail and then to Washington. He now works as the Trump campaign's director of strategic communications. A longtime player in Indiana politics, Lotter worked for Pence's 2016 gubernatorial campaign, which the candidate suspended when Trump chose him as a running mate. Lotter was a spokesman for Trump's campaign in 2016 but went over to the White House to work as Pence's press secretary in October 2017. He's now back handling communications for the campaign and frequently appears on TV to promote the Republican ticket as Election Day approaches. Josh Pitcock, former chief of staff and longtime aide Pitcock, a native Hoosier, is another top aide from Pence's days on Capitol Hill who followed him to the White House. When Pence was Indiana's governor, Pitcock stayed in Washington and worked as the state's top lobbyist. Pitcock also advised Pence during the presidential transition. He was Pence's chief of staff in the White House for seven months, from January 2017 to July 2017. He left to join the cloud-computing and database company Oracle as its vice president of public affairs. Mark Paoletta, chief counsel for the Office of Management and Budget The longtime Washington lawyer and close vice-presidential confidant is the chief counsel for the Office of Management and Budget, working under another Penceworld stalwart, Russell Vought. Before that role, he spent a year as Pence's first counsel, beginning on the first day of the Trump administration and serving in the role until January 2018. Paoletta is close with both Pences and an influential advisor in their world. Paoletta gained extensive experience dealing with Congress from both sides. He was a counsel for the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee and has also represented witnesses before congressional panels. President George H.W. Bush tapped him to help push through Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' confirmation in 1991, and Paoletta later reprised the role in 2017 when he assisted Pence and Trump with the confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch. Nick Ayers, former chief of staff The longtime Republican strategist and party operative first worked for Pence as a consultant on his 2016 gubernatorial campaign, which Pence abandoned to join Trump's ticket. At the time, Ayers had worked for GOP candidates like former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and had close ties to then-RNC Chair Reince Priebus. Ayers played point in negotiations as Trump's campaign vetted Pence and then became a key advisor to the vice-presidential nominee. After the 2016 election, Ayers took a job as senior advisor on the transition team. He had a cameo in the White House as Pence's second chief of staff replacing Pitcock in 2017 and serving until early 2019. Russell and Mary Vought This Penceworld power couple have played key advisory roles to Pence over the years. Russell Vought serves as the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, but he previously worked as the policy director for the House Republican Conference during Pence's time in Congress. He also served as vice president of Heritage Action, the political grassroots arm of the conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation. Mary Vought, now a political strategist and executive director of the Senate Conservatives Fund, also worked for Pence in Congress. In 2017, she wrote an op-ed defending Pence's policy of not dining alone with women and said she had never faced discrimination because of her gender. Matthew Morgan, Trump campaign general counsel In 2016, Morgan carried the papers to the Indiana secretary of state's office to officially remove Pence from the ballot for governor and place him on the ballot as Trump's running mate (it is illegal to run for two offices at the same time in Indiana). He followed Pence to Washington, where he served as a lawyer in the vice president's office. He now works as the general counsel on the Trump campaign. Retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, national security advisor Pence chose Kellogg as his national security advisor in 2018. The decorated US Army veteran who began his long military career during the Vietnam War had previously advised Trump's campaign and transition. He became the acting national security advisor in January 2017 after Michael Flynn's resignation, and Pence appointed him a year later. Kara Brooks, spokesperson for Karen Pence Brooks served as the press secretary for Pence when he was Indiana's governor before pivoting to become Karen Pence's spokesperson once the couple arrived at the White House. Brooks is considered a close and trusted advisor to Karen Pence, encouraging her to step up her public appearances and tweak her image in what some Pence observers see as a prelude for a 2024 presidential campaign. Gregory Jacobs, legal counsel Jacobs joined Pence's vice-presidential staff in March, just as the pandemic started spreading rapidly in the US and shutting down large sectors of the economy. He also held positions during the George W. Bush administration in both the Department of Labor and the Department of Justice. Jana Toner, chief of staff for the second lady Toner joined Karen Pence's staff in January 2018 from the White House Office of Presidential Personnel. As chief of staff, she helps control access to the second lady and makes her policy priorities a reality. Toner worked for several key agencies during the George W. Bush administration, including the Department of Education and the Department of Energy. John Pence, Trump campaign senior advisor Mike Pence's nephew and the son of Indiana Rep. Greg Pence carved out a niche for himself in Trump's political operation. He has been a top Trump campaign advisor throughout the 2020 battle. In September 2019, John Pence married Conway's cousin Giovanna Coia, also a Trump staffer. Katie Miller, communications director Miller has played a key role during the coronavirus pandemic as Pence leads the administration's coronavirus task force. She's been shaping the vice president's messaging and image during a chaotic time, while the White House has come under scrutiny for its failed approach to containing the virus. In September, Miller tested positive for COVID-19, which raised fears that the virus had infiltrated the White House itself. A few weeks later, it did. A large outbreak struck the White House in early October, infecting top staff including her husband, Stephen Miller.
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Melania Trump launched 'Operation Block Ivanka' to minimize Ivanka's inauguration presence, according to a new book based on secret tapes recorded by the first lady's former friend
First Lady Melania Trump's former close friend and adviser, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, secretly taped the first...First Lady Melania Trump's former close friend and adviser, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, secretly taped the first lady making disparaging comments about her husband and step-daughter, Ivanka. Wolkoff drew on those tapes and years of friendship with Melania to write a book about their tumultuous relationship, "Melania and Me: My Years as Confidant, Advisor and Friend to the First Lady." In an excerpt of her book published Thursday, Wolkoff details Melania's tense relationship with Ivanka and an effort by the first lady to minimize her stepdaughter's role in the inauguration. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. First lady Melania Trump's former close friend and adviser, socialite Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, reportedly secretly taped the first lady making disparaging comments about her husband and step-daughter, Ivanka, according to Wolkoff's new book. Wolkoff drew on those tapes and years of friendship with Melania to write a book about their tumultuous relationship, "Melania and Me: My Years as Confidant, Advisor and Friend to the First Lady." The New York Times reported that Wolkoff plans to hand the tapes of Melania over to a news outlet ahead of the book's September 1 release. Wolkoff joined the first lady's office as an unpaid adviser following the inauguration, The New York Times reported. She resigned amid controversy over the inauguration's finances, and reporting that she was paid $26 million for her work. "Was I fired? No," Wolkoff said in 2018. "Did I personally receive $26 million or $1.6 million? No. Was I thrown under the bus? Yes." 'Operation Block Ivanka' An excerpt of the book published Thursday in New York Magazine details the buildup and immediate aftermath of President Donald Trump's inauguration, which Wolkoff played a key role in organizing. Drama with Ivanka was an issue from the start, according to Wolkoff. Ivanka, whom Wolkoff says Melania referred to as "princess," wanted to play a more central role in the inauguration than the incoming first lady was comfortable with. "It was Donald's inauguration, not Ivanka's," Wolkoff writes. "But no one was brave enough to tell her that. Melania was not thrilled about Ivanka's steering the schedule and would not allow it. Neither was she happy to hear that Ivanka insisted on walking in the Pennsylvania Avenue parade with her children." Wolkoff said this led to "Operation Block Ivanka," an effort to ensure Ivanka would not be shown by TV cameras on the inauguration stage during key moments of the ceremony, including when Trump was sworn in or when he took the oath of office from Chief Justice John Roberts. "Yes, Operation Block Ivanka was petty," Wolkoff writes. "Melania was in on this mission. But in our minds, Ivanka shouldn't have made herself the center of attention in her father's inauguration." Family turf wars Things only got more tense once the Trump family began settling in at the White House. Since Melania was back in Manhattan for the first months of the Trump administration — which Washington Post reporter Mary Jordan would later reveal was part of Melania's effort to acquire leverage in renegotiating her prenuptial agreement and secure a better inheritence for her son Barron — Wolkoff was left to serve as the first lady's "linebacker" in a turf war with Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner. Wolkoff writes that she and Melania were immediately suspicious of Ivanka leaking to the press when they started seeing "reports that the East Wing was a dark, lonely, sad, cobwebbed place." "We suspected Ivanka immediately," she writes. "According to Vicky Ward's book Kushner, Inc., Ivanka said during the transition that the First Lady's office would become, under Daddy's administration, the 'Trump Family Office.'" Wolkoff adds, "The West Wing wasn't big enough for the Kushners. They wanted the East Wing as well." Wolkoff also blasts Ivanka for using a private email account to conduct official White House business — the same charge so effectively weaponized by the Trump campaign against Hillary Clinton. "Ivanka was asking her work contacts at the White House to write to her at her private email — the exact offense the Trumps had lambasted Hillary Clinton for during the general election," she writes. "Would anyone chant 'Lock her up!' about Ivanka's private server? Doubtful. The email thing was hypocritical, to say the least. But the Trumps made their own rules." Wolkoff's book is being published by Simon & Schuster, which is behind other recent books by close former Trump associates, including the president's niece Mary Trump and former national security adviser John Bolton. The publishing house says Wolkoff's book will provide new details about Melania's reactions to the Access Hollywood tape, her husband's alleged affairs and hush money payments, and why the first lady wore a controversial jacket with the words, "I really don't care, do u?" printed on it. SEE ALSO: Melania Trump's former friend — who once said she was 'thrown under the bus' by the White House — is publishing a tell-all about the first lady Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Here's what it's like to travel during the coronavirus outbreak