Melania and Ivanka Trump: mother-in-law and daughter would have "glacial" relationships

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As A. Scott Berg, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Wilson, the best-selling 2013 biography of Woodrow Wilson, sums it up, "A nation now wonders what role, if any, the new First Lady might play in its life".

Melania Trump's office in Washington, D.C. remains virtually empty, while White House crews and staff typically overseen by the first lady have been left unmanned and without order. According to her spokesperson, Stephanie Grisham, she continues her plans to serve as FLOTUS with integrity and dedication.

Since Inauguration Day, Melania has had more and more official public appearances.

In a new Vanity Fair piece called Inside the Trump Marriage: Melania's Burden, author Evgenia Peretz examines the relationship between our new POTUS and First Lady - and unlike numerous political power couples before them, this is truly a sad story. Her absenteeism is due to her personal decision to stay in NY until Barron, the Trumps' 11-year-old son, finishes his school term. This might be to blame for reported tensions in the first family, said Peretz.

Grisham countered that the president was "very warm and supportive throughout her pregnancy".

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Shockingly, Lisa Bytner, who did PR for Trump said, that the First Lady "speaks only when spoken to". "She's engaged with the innovation of the White House and that new task force that they are doing". And, further, it might give one a thrill to indulge in the (fruitless) hope that she could be the one person on the inside that might cease to hold rank.

After seven years of dating, and six months into their marriage, the then-35-year-old had reached "checkout time" for women - according to Donald's standards - and Melania reportedly had to promise to "get her body back" in order to have kids.

A source claims: "A first lady traditionally comes in (to the White House) with seasoned partnerships". "The role of first lady is whatever the first lady wants it to be", Laura Bush once said.

Such modus operandi makes Melania to shy away from her new political duties as First Lady, so Ivanka made her own clear choice to fill Melania's shoes. Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama and their daughters have worn designer outfits. "Laura Bush was nothing but gracious and helpful, and her team was right there for my team all throughout this entire eight-year process".