The Complicated Relationship Between Tiffany and Ivanka Trump, Revealed

One’s often referred to as the President’s favorite daughter, while the other is known as the “Forgotten Trump.” The question remains: How do Ivanka and Tiffany Trump address one another?

The relationship between sisters can be complicated, and nowhere is that more apparent than in the relationship between the two First Daughters. The two sisters often seem close, but with rumors constantly flying, we sometimes wonder: How much do they really like each other?

The two appear close on camera

Ivanka and Tiffany Trump standing together.

Is there really a sibling connection here? | Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Both Ivanka and Tiffany have expressed a familial, albeit superficial seeming affection toward one another on record. Ivanka reportedly gave Tiffany “all the things she picked up from being famous,” according to a friend of Tiffany’s.

Ivanka also helped Tiffany score an internship with Vogue for the summer of 2011. The eldest Trump sister notably assisted Tiffany in securing more help from their father — more on that on page 3.

Next: Does Tiffany look up to Ivanka?

Ivanka is one of Tiffany’s ‘role models’

Ivanka Trump flipping her hair at a conference.

A role model for her younger half sister. | Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Tiffany’s friend told Vanity Fair that Tiffany looks up to her sister for many things, one of them being her “brand and a personality and consistency in her Instagram.” The same friend felt Tiffany was “jumping into this whole process with both feet.”

Ivanka gives Tiffany advice on politics, boys, and other “sisterly advice.” These reportedly include anecdotes that Ivanka found useful while growing up Trump. “This is the color that looks best on camera … make sure when you sit down you cross your legs,” are among Ivanka’s helpful hints for her younger sister.

Next: Good luck finding Tiffany in Ivanka’s book.

Yet, Tiffany only makes one appearance in Ivanka’s book

The Trump family posing together at a premiere.

She didn’t give her sister much time in her book. | Michael Buckner/Getty Images

Ivanka’s book, The Trump Card: Playing to Win in Work and Life, details her advice for the working woman based on her experience growing up Trump. Throughout her accounts, she only makes one reference to Tiffany, and it serves to showcase Tiffany’s unsure spot in the Trump kid line-up. Tiffany “sheepishly approached Ivanka … about a delicate matter.” This matter was to discuss how Tiffany should approach their father about, “relatively simple money needs,” according to Ivanka.

She notes that Tiffany wasn’t spoiled, but rather trying to fit in with her friends. While Donald had arranged for Michael Jackson to watch one of Ivanka’s childhood dance recitals, Tiffany hadn’t seen treats like this from their father; she grew up on the other side of the country.

Next: This is easily Donald’s favorite child.

It’s no secret Ivanka is their father’s favorite child

Ivanka Trump delivers a speech.

He has an especially soft spot for Ivanka. | Alex Wong/Getty Images

According to Vanity Fair, everyone in the Trump family seems to acknowledge that Ivanka is the favorite. Her role in his policy decisions, while unofficial and often behind-the-scenes, is prominent.

Her father has made some fairly creepy recorded statements about his eldest daughter, as well. The most well-known occurred during a 2006 appearance on The View. “I’ve said that if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her,” Donald said. Last year he echoed this sentiment to Rolling Stone, saying, “What a beauty, that one. If I weren’t happily married, and, ya know, her father,” he has since said he was just joking.

Next: Tiffany’s less-than-flattering nickname.

While Tiffany’s called the ‘forgotten Trump’

Tiffany Trump at a fashion show.

Would he be more connected to her if she worked on his team? | Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for Vivienne Tam

Tiffany has made headlines time and time again, referred to as the “forgotten Trump.” While all of the other kids were raised on the East Coast, although rarely by Donald himself, Tiffany grew up in Calabasas, California in her mother’s home.

Tiffany, who recently started at Georgetown Law, is the only adult Trump child not named to Donald’s transition team. In an interview with Fox News, Donald said, “I’m very proud, because Don and Eric and Ivanka and — you know, to a lesser extent ’cause she just got out of school, out of college — but, uh, Tiffany, who has also been so terrific. They work so hard.”

Next: Did Ivanka really try to bump Tiffany out of Donald’s inheritance.

Ivanka allegedly tried to ‘bump’ Tiffany out of Donald’s inheritance

Donald Trump points at Ivanka Trump.

Is there a battle for inheritance? | Giphy

Newsweek obtained a tape of a 2005 conversation on The Howard Stern Show between Donald and Stern. When asked if Donald’s older children, “get nervous every time [he has] another child,” Trump relayed a conversation he had with a rich friend. “… He said how his children hate the new children coming along … I said, ‘Yeah, because every time you have a child, it’s 20% less to the people [inaudible].'”

Stern turned the conversation back to Donald’s own children, asking if Donald Jr. and Ivanka were trying to “bump off a child.” While Donald avoided the question at first, he replied, “Yes,” after Stern requested the truth.

Next: This is what Tiffany is focusing on instead.

Tiffany is focused on establishing her own identity

Tiffany Trump speaking in front of a microphone.

She might have to make a new for herself on her own. | Giphy

The younger Trump sister is focused on establishing her own identity out of the Trump clan, according to Vanity Fair. While she went to the University of Pennsylvania undergrad like her father, Donald Jr. and Ivanka, she’s now pursuing a law degree, something none of her half-siblings have attempted so far.

Tiffany has faced her share of rejection as a result of her Trump name. At Penn, Tiffany was cut while rushing the all-female Tabard Society, according to two members. “… the society was fearful that the presence of a Trump might scare off the kind of presentable and connected young women that Tabard has typically attracted,” a Tabard member said.

Next: Trump wasn’t exactly thrilled about having another child.

Trump wasn’t thrilled with having another child

President Trump Meets With Airline Industry CEO's At The White House

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with members of the airline industry at the White House. | Win McNamee/Getty Images

Trump, of course, was never thrilled that he was even having Tiffany with Marla Maples. At the time, she was merely his girlfriend – the mistress that caused his marriage to Ivana to come to an abrupt end. In a 2004 interview with Stern, Trump laid out exactly how he felt the moment he found out he was going to have another child.

“Honestly, I’m glad it happened. I have a great little daughter, Tiffany. But, you know at the time it was like, ‘Excuse me, what happened?’ And then I said, ‘Well, what are we going to do about this?’ She [Maples] said, ‘Are you serious? It’s the most beautiful day of our lives.’ I said, ‘Oh, great.'”

Tiffany is a stunning young woman and, by all accounts, extremely intelligent. It’s hard not to feel bad for her and think that she deserves much better than how she has been treated by her father and, at times, her half-siblings.

Next: Tiffany’s boyfriend supported Hillary Clinton.

Tiffany’s boyfriend is a Democrat

Marla Maples, Tiffany Trump and Ross Mechanic sit together at a fashion show.

Her boyfriend supports her in all her endeavors. | Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Taoray Wang

If there’s one thing that isn’t a relationship deal-breaker for Tiffany, it’s politics. Ross Mechanic, who Tiffany has been dating since 2015, is reportedly a Democrat.

According to Vanity Fair, “Her boyfriend, Ross Mechanic, a registered Democrat who voiced support for Hillary on social media, interned over the summer at Jared Kushner’s real-estate investment start-up, called Cadre.”

Mechanic also accompanied Tiffany to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, so they clearly don’t let their differences get in the way.

Next: The simple way Tiffany received her name.

Trump named her after a store

A banner for Tiffany and Co.

A flag for a Tiffany & Co. store hangs along Wall Street in Manhattan. | Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The original comparison, which we have not forgotten, is that Tiffany is the “Meg Griffin” of the Trump family. That is in reference to the oldest child on the hit Fox comedy Family Guy, an awkward and unpopular teenage girl (voiced by Mila Kunis) that often draws the ire of her family. We aren’t making the case that Tiffany is awkward or unpopular – in fact, that part seems to be the opposite. But on the show, it’s revealed that Meg’s real name is actually Megatron, courtesy of her dad.

Well, Tiffany was named by her father as well – after the famous jewelry store, Tiffany and Co. The store actually sits adjacent to Trump Tower in New York City, and there are worse stores to be named after if you’re a Trump child. But this similarity between Tiffany and Meg Griffin was just too good to pass up. Maybe she should just be thankful she wasn’t named after a car that turns into a robot.

Next: An obvious sign she wasn’t raised too closely around her father.

She flies coach

Tiffany Trump with her mom | Theo Wargo

One obvious sign that Tiffany wasn’t raised too closely around her father? She’s totally cool with flying coach. According to Cosmopolitan, Lara Maggs revealed that “unless she’s with her dad, she’s happy to fly coach. When we flew together from Philly, we were in the middle seats at the back of the plane.”

Tiffany may be labeled as the “forgotten Trump,” but based on her much humbler personality (in comparison to the rest of her family), we think it was for the better.

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