Melania & Ivanka Trump are low-key catfighting about using black kids as props

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There are so many things to worry about and keep us up at night, and this story is not one of them. On a scale of IDGAF to We’re All Going To Die, this story definitely falls more towards IDGAF. It actually reminded me a lot of a British tabloid speculation about royal women, only this story originated in the New York Times and it’s about Ivanka Trump and Melania Trump. Yes, it’s a “palace intrigue” story. You see, the women don’t really like each other. I actually believe Melania thinks Ivanka is creepy, and that Ivanka’s relationship with Donald Trump is creepy, and Melania generally believes she’s better than Ivanka. Ivanka, on the other hand, believes she’s smarter than Melania. Just my take.

Anyway, the NYT claims that there’s been low-key drama between Camp Ivanka and Camp Melania within the White House. It was all about Melania’s taxpayer-funded vacation to Africa, and how Ivanka was jelly that Melania got to use black children as props in her white savior narrative, so Ivanka passive-aggressively used black children as props in HER white savior narrative just days later. You can read the NYT piece here.

When Melania Trump’s chief of staff announced at a staff meeting months ago that the first lady would be traveling to Africa for her first solo journey abroad, aides to Ivanka Trump, her stepdaughter, sent back a message: She was planning her own trip to Africa but just hadn’t announced it yet. Mrs. Trump spent five days last month in Ghana, Malawi, Kenya and Egypt, a trip that generated mostly positive coverage, topped off with a glossy network special. And soon the president’s eldest daughter and senior adviser will follow suit, traveling to Africa with Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, one of the president’s most loyal defenders.

…The first lady’s office had asked West Wing officials to give her some space while she was in Africa so she could showcase the work she was doing, according to two people briefed on the discussion. There were widely distributed photographs of Mrs. Trump at several of the stops, including Accra, Ghana, where she was pictured cradling a small child. But two days later, Ivanka Trump posted on her Instagram feed a video filmed by the White House team that had a final image of her with a black child during a tour of storm-struck North Carolina.

Someone in the West Wing noticed it, and flagged it for the White House chief of staff, John F. Kelly, who has privately described the Trump children as “playing government” and who was supposed to help manage the relationship between the two women’s offices, according to two people familiar with the conversation. Mr. Kelly discussed the video with Ms. Trump’s staff, according to two people familiar with the talks. A White House official disputed that Mr. Kelly had such a discussion.

As for Ivanka Trump’s pending trip to Africa, White House aides said that Mr. Graham first invited her several months ago, but she had rescheduled it to accommodate the first lady’s and one taken by the secretary of state. People familiar with the trip said that Bill Shine, the White House communications director, has been helping shape coverage of the visit. Like the first lady’s, it may also include a network special.

[From The New York Times]

My reading is that Ivanka was SO MAD that Melania announced her trip to Africa first and then Ivanka wanted everyone to know that she was planning to go to Africa BEFORE Melania but she would postpone it so poor Mel could have her moment with the African props. Then Ivanka seethed with jealousy as Melania looked like an extra from Raiders of the Lost Ark, happily posing in her colonialist safari gear and smiling at black children. Ivanka wanted to use black children as props BEFORE MELANIA! So Ivanka passive-aggressively posted the video on social media (below) where she got to use black kids as props, and now she’s letting everyone know that she’s going to baby-whisper her way through lots and lots of interviews when she’s is Africa, okay??? These people are ALL TRASH.

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