The Biggest Reason Why Chelsea Clinton and Ivanka Trump’s Friendship Is Officially Over
They made it through their parent’s contentious election, but now Chelsea Clinton and Ivanka Trump are calling it quits on their friendship. Although the strongest friendship couldn’t possibly withstand the acrimony tossed between their families, the women ended their friendship at a curious time.
So what finally broke the women apart? Clinton is dropping hints and clues during a number of talk show and media interviews. The real reason may be as simple as this (page 7).
1. Their families were once friends
The Trump and Clinton friendship stem back to when Clinton’s father was president. Donald Trump backed Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal, according to Newsweek. In fact, Donald Trump said this to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in when Hillary Clinton was vying to be the Democratic nominee against Barack Obama, “Hillary’s always surrounded herself with very good people. I think Hillary would do a good job.”
The Clintons also attended Donald and Melania’s wedding in 2005 too.
Next: Plus, they had a lot in common.
2. Their lives were very similar
Both young women grew up in front of cameras, are mothers, married Jewish men, and attended elite schools, People reports. They also made supportive comments in public and on social media, posting inspirational messages on Instagram. Clinton said this in 2015 about Trump in Vogue, “She’s always aware of everyone around her and ensuring that everyone is enjoying the moment. It’s an awareness that in some ways reminds me of my dad, and his ability to increase the joy of the room. There’s nothing skin-deep about Ivanka.”
Next: They weren’t going to let their parent’s differences ruin their friendship.
3. This was the state of their friendship during the election
Even though Clinton and Trump’s mother and father went to head to head during the 2016 election, both women stayed friends. “She’s a great girl and she’s a great friend to me,” Trump told Fox News, Inside Edition recounts. “And obviously the intensity and scrutiny at this moment in our lives is pretty extreme. We’re not the candidates. We’re the children of the candidates. We’ve stayed close to one another, maybe a little less publicly so, but she’s a good friend. We support each other.”
Next: Clinton also supported Trump’s family too.
4. Clinton defended Trump’s stepbrother on social media
Clinton lashed out at the media when Barron Trump was being criticized for dressing casually, CNN reports. Clinton tweeted: It’s high time the media & everyone leave Barron Trump alone & let him have the private childhood he deserves.”
Next: They had this one rule, which kept their friendship afloat.
5. This friendship rule kept them close for a while
Trump told Fox News she and Clinton never allowed this topic to interfere with their friendship. “We never talked about politics before this campaign and it’s probably a good topic to avoid talking about now.”
Clinton also said on The View, “We were friends long before this election. We will be friends long after this election. Our friendship didn’t start in politics; it certainly is not going to end because of politics. I have tremendous respect for Ivanka.”
Next: But unfortunately the election did change their friendship.
6. Radio silence after the election
Clinton recently revealed the women haven’t really spoken. “I have not spoken to her in a long time,” she said on a recent appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, US Magazine reports. “It’s clear that she has supported policies and decisions that I don’t agree with. I’ve been very vocal about my opposition to President Trump.”
Next: But this is likely why the two no longer speak.
7. Clinton wants Trump to stand up to her father
Although the young mothers insisted that politics would not interfere with their friendship, it clearly has. Clinton made it clear she thinks Trump is blindly agreeing with her father’s policies, even though she may disagree with him.
“She’s an adult. She can make the choices for herself,” Clinton told The Guardian. “I mean, she’s 36. We are responsible for our choices. In 2008 I was really proud to support my mom — but I disagreed with her fundamentally on a few things, particularly her then opposition to equal marriage rights for LGBTQ Americans. I never defended that position, because it wasn’t what I believed was the right thing to do.”
Next: Clinton hints at not knowing what her former friend is thinking.
8. Clinton hoped Trump could see how her father is damaging foreign relations
During her appearance with Colbert, he jokingly said to Clinton, “Could you call her up and say, ‘Hey, maybe no war with North Korea’ or anything like that? I mean, you are friends,” US Magazine reports.
Clinton took this opportunity to point out how she hoped Trump would see what is happening, regardless of politics. “I’m just really sad that we’re at a point in time where that even has to be said. That we’re at a point in time where we have a president who has such, you know, callous disregard for thoughtful, coherent, kind of expert-advised foreign policy. I would hope that is something that, regardless of where we sit on the political spectrum, we could agree on.”
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