Melania Trump (L) and Ivanka Trump look on as Republican presidential elect Donald Trump speaks during election night at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York on November 9, 2016.  / AFP / JIM WATSON        (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)
Inside Melania Trump's Relationship With Ivanka
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Melania Trump is 11 years older than Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump's eldest daughter, and they appear to have a lot in common on the surface: they are poised, fashionable, and, of course, they have a big family. According to several sources, the women get along well, but others suggest there is enough tension between them to cut with a knife.
The election turned the tide on the women's once-good relationship, according to Mary Jordan's book "The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump," because Melania isn't as comfortable in the spotlight as her stepdaughter. Meanwhile, a source told CNN a year before the book was published that the two ladies are "cordial, but not close."
According to inside sources, Melania Trump and Ivanka Trump have "always shared a close relationship and still do today." Separately, a White House official has said, "The first lady and Ivanka have a great relationship. As strong independent women, each has their own unique portfolio but they always support each [other] personally and professionally."
With rumors flying back and forth, Ivanka has spoken about her stepmother directly, saying, "Melania is an unbelievable mother [...] and she's a great inspiration to me as I raise my own children." Meanwhile, Melania is not as open to interviews, but ‌most of what has been written about her relationship with Ivanka is unconfirmed.