It has everything to do with Ivana Trump's own relationship to the president. 

By Kimberly Truong
Updated: Apr 12, 2019 @ 6:00 pm

It's been reported that Ivanka and Melania Trump have a "complicated" relationship, but things between the First Daughter and the First Lady might be peachier than they appear — at least, according to Ivanka's mother.

In a profile of Ivanka from The Atlantic, Ivana Trump, Donald Trump's first wife, said that her daughter and Melania get along for a very personal reason: Melania isn't the one who broke up the Ivana-Donald marriage.

“She likes her fine, because she didn’t cause me to break up the marriage like the other one — I don’t even want to pronounce her name," Ivana told The Atlantic. ("The other one" rather savagely refers to Marla Maples, with whom Donald Trump had an extra-marital affair while he was married to Ivana.)

Stephanie Grisham, a spokeswoman for the Melania, added to The Atlantic that Melania and Ivanka have "always shared a close relationship and still do today.”

Last year, The New York Times reported that the First Lady and First Daughter had a "complicated" relationship, which would be understandable — after all, working with your step-mother in the White House doesn't exactly sound like a cakewalk.

According to that report, then-White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, who was responsible for managing the relationship between Ivanka and Melania’s offices, had to work out a situation in which both Ivanka and Melania shared self-congratulatory social media posts of themselves each holding small black children. It's still unclear what the situation was, but either way, it was enough of a problem for Kelly to have to reportedly step in and discuss the overlap with Ivanka's staff.

To that end, though, a source "close to Ivanka" also told The Atlantic that the two share a “desire to be mutually respectful,” but added that their relationship is certainly not “affectionate.”

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That quote might not signal the kind of closeness that Grisham implied in her statement, but it does line up with what Ivana said: they like each other just "fine," and at the very least, aren't sworn enemies. 

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