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Melania Trump went to war with Ivanka over her office and constantly had ... trends now

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Melania Trump spent her four years in the White House in an epic internal battle with her step-daughter Ivanka, met repeatedly with her lawyers about her pre and post-nups, and used her clothing - including that jacket - to speak for her. 

The Slovenian-born first lady spent her time in the role 'bucking expectations,' notes Katie Rogers in her forthcoming book 'American Woman: The Transformation of the Modern First Lady, from Hillary Clinton to Jill Biden.'

She was rarely seen in public, gave few interviews and even her signature initiative 'Be Best' left people wondering exactly what it meant (and hoped to accomplish). 

And, as Donald Trump runs for a second term, she has refused to campaign with him, leading to speculation she could be a first lady from Palm Beach if he wins the 2024 election. 

There was talk from the day Donald Trump was elected there intense, competitive relationship between the two women in his life: his eldest daughter and his wife.

Rogers, a White House reporter for the New York Times, reveals new details about that rivalry, about Melania's time at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and what the former first lady may do if she gets four more years.

Ivanka Trump and Melania Trump spent their time in the White House in a four-year 'internal power struggle'; above a rare picture of the two women together from that time period - they stand next to one another as they watch Donald Trump's inaugural parade in January 2017

Ivanka Trump and Melania Trump spent their time in the White House in a four-year 'internal power struggle'; above a rare picture of the two women together from that time period - they stand next to one another as they watch Donald Trump's inaugural parade in January 2017

Rogers' book, out Tuesday, shines a spotlight on modern first ladies as two of them - Jill Biden and Melania Trump - wait to see if their husbands' quest for a second term in the White House succeeds. 

The book examines the evolution of the unpaid role from when Hillary Clinton held it to the current East Wing ran by Jill Biden, from how each woman shaped the position and how it is tied to the holder's husband. 

Melania Trump made headlines at the start of Donald's presidency by announcing she would stay in New York to allow their son Barron, who was 10 at the time, to finish out the school year. 

Her decision to live 230 miles from the presidential mansion was unprecedented but it fit with her number one priority: protecting her son from the fishbowl of public life. 

Katie Rogers' book on the modern first lady 'American Woman' is out on Tuesday

Katie Rogers' book on the modern first lady 'American Woman' is out on Tuesday

However, it also left an opening in the administration for the role of first lady - a position Ivanka Trump was eager to fill. 

The first daughter was eying the office space of the East Wing, looking to revamp the area so it could be 'geared to serving the entire First Family, not just the First Lady,' Rogers reports.

Melania put a stop to it and, a month later, Ivanka announced she would be an unpaid adviser in her father's West Wing. 

But that was just the opening shot in the four-year 'internal power struggle' that Melania Trump would wage 'with her stepdaughter,' who she nicknamed 'The Princess.'

The two women had little overlap in the White House complex. 

In fact they were rarely seen together and rarely photographed together. They never hosted a joint initiative or event. 

Tensions were so bad between the two in 2018 over separately planned trips to Africa, then-White House Chief of Staff John Kelly had to step in and mediate between the women and their offices. 

Eventually each woman made a trip: Melania in October 2018 to focus on children's issues as part of her Be Best campaign and Ivanka went in April 2019 to highlight economic development, particularly among women.

Melania Trump with Donald Trump in the Oval Office in September 2019

Melania Trump with Donald Trump in the Oval Office in September 2019

Melania Trump wearing her now infamous 'I really don't care, do u?' jacket

Melania Trump wearing her now infamous 'I really don't care, do u?' jacket 

Melania Trump often used her clothes to make a statement, such as when she wore a white pantsuit to Donald Trump's 2018 State of the Union address

Melania Trump often used her clothes to make a statement, such as when she wore a white pantsuit to Donald Trump's 2018 State of the Union address

Donald Trump with the two most prominent women in his life: daughter Ivanka and wife Melania at the Republican National Convention on the South Lawn in August 2020

Donald Trump with the two most prominent women in his life: daughter Ivanka and wife Melania at the Republican National Convention on the South Lawn in August 2020

It wasn't just Ivanka that Melania had concerns about.

The then-first lady 'did not think that it was appropriate for Trump's children to be enmeshed in White House operations,' Rogers reveals.

It was a war she lost. Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner both served as advisers in the West Wing. Don Jr. and Eric advised the Trump campaign and were main surrogates for their father on the campaign trail. 

But Melania did make her feelings known - through her now infamous 'I really don't care, do you?' jacket.

The then-first lady famously wore the jacket in June 2018 as she boarded her Air Force flight to visit to the Upbring New Hope Children's Shelter in McAllen, Texas, where migrant children separated from their parents as they crossed the border were being held.

Melania, an immigrant herself who became a U.S. citizen in 2006, had pushed Donald Trump to issue an executive order that stopped his administration's policy of separating families at the border. 

'In large part, the bullheaded Donald had been cowed into action because Melania had been adamant that wrenching children away from their parents was wrong,' Rogers writes.

Melania decided to visit a shelter for herself, but she undermined her own trip with her curious clothing choice: a $39 jacket from Zara with a divisive message: 'I really don't care. Do U?'

She was criticized as being tone deaf with the outfit selection, given the tense situation as so many children remained separated from their parents and guardians, who had been detained while trying to enter the US. 

Stephanie Grisham, a top aide to the first lady, told Rogers that, when they returned to the White House from

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