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A new book detailing the evolving role of the first lady in the 21st century argues that former first lady Melania Trump engaged in a “power struggle” with her stepdaughter Ivanka Trump when Donald Trump was president.

“During her four years in the White House, Melania waged an internal power struggle with her stepdaughter. Melania called her ‘the princess’ so often that a circle of East Wing aides had adopted the nickname,” the book writes. “American Woman”. .

“American Woman,” written by New York Times White House correspondent Katie Rogers, officially hits shelves Tuesday and examines how the role of the first lady has evolved this century, focusing much of the book on the first lady Jill Biden.

Fox News Digital reviewed the book ahead of its release and found that it details an alleged power struggle between former President Trump’s wife and daughter. The book maintains that Melania Trump was going to “do her thing” when Trump was sworn in as president, including staying in New York City so her son Barron Trump could finish the school year. Trump praised the first lady shortly after becoming president, although he noted that her daughter, Ivanka Trump, would support her.

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First lady Melania Trump and Ivanka Trump inside the inaugural parade reviewing the booth in front of the White House on January 20, 2017, in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

“I think she will be a fantastic first lady. She will be a tremendous representative of women and the people,” said the new president. “And helping her and working with her will be Ivanka, who is a fabulous person and a fabulous, fabulous woman,” he said in 2017.

At the beginning of the Trump administration, “American Woman” argues, Melania Trump monitored social media and news outlets for personal mentions, while allegedly fuming over the plan to elevate Ivanka Trump’s role in the White House.

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“She was aware that her husband had suggested that her eldest daughter help share the responsibilities of being First Lady, and this was not a development she was pleased with. At the time, Ivanka was reserving office space in the West Wing. , but was analyzing the potential for a renovated east wing that could be oriented to serve the entire First Family, not just the First Lady, according to people familiar with its plans,” the book’s text reads.

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First lady Melania Trump arrives at the State Dining Room of the White House on September 14, 2020. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Ivanka Trump was hired as an unpaid adviser to her father in March 2017, joining her husband Jared Kushner as official government employees.

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“The suggestion irritated Melania, who put to rest rumors about a wing run by the family. A month later, Ivanka announced that she would become an official government employee, working as an unpaid advisor to her father,” according to the book.

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Ivanka Trump, daughter of former President Donald Trump, leaves the New York State Supreme Court after testifying in his civil trial. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

As Melania navigated her new role, she also allegedly renegotiated a prenuptial agreement, which included stipulations that her son Barron Trump would be guaranteed “equal standing with Donald’s other children,” according to the book, citing the Washington Post journalist. Mary Jordan. Jordan’s book about Melania Trump was previously criticized by the first lady’s office for falling into the “genre of fiction.”

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In June 2018, Melania Trump was criticized in the media after wearing a jacket that said “I really don’t care, do you?” before visiting a youth immigration detention center with her husband. The message on the jacket reportedly had no underlying message, the White House said when photos of the first lady first circulated.

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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk on the South Lawn of the White House on December 23, 2020. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

The book, however, claims that the dust jacket was not a message addressed to the media, but to Ivanka Trump.

“The two were locked in a silent competition for press coverage and, to that end, Melania did not think it was appropriate for Trump’s children to become involved in White House operations,” an excerpt reads.

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First lady Melania Trump leaves Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, June 21, 2018, wearing a jacket emblazoned with the words “I really don’t care, do you?” (Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)

Overall, the book maintains, Melania Trump was “frustrated and angry” at the way she was portrayed by the media, and that nothing she did “would be enough to escape scrutiny,” including decorating the White House. for Christmas.

“In 2020, when the pandemic began, Melania had started wearing elegant robes at all hours. In the evenings, she would occasionally visit her husband in his bedroom, sit on his bed and listen as he made and received calls from his advisors. “He dedicated himself to putting together photo albums of his aesthetic contributions to the White House,” the book states.

Fox News Digital reached out to the Office of Donald J. Trump regarding the book and its claims, but did not immediately receive a response.

Trump, who scored another primary victory this weekend when he swept the South Carolina Republican primary, recently said the former first lady would step up her campaign appearances ahead of the 2024 presidential election.

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“It’s funny, she was a very successful model, very, very successful, and yet she was a reserved person. She’s going to go out a lot. Not because she likes to do it, but because she likes the results,” he said last Tuesday. to Laura Ingraham of Fox News. “She wants to see this country really succeed. She loves the country.”

By Sam