The women were seated next to each other at the service in Washington National Cathedral and a video of the pair of them looked immensely awkward, although they were seen chatting briefly and “suppressing” any animosity they had towards each other. The seating arrangement led to what was likely a difficult reunion for them, after an extremely hostile election campaign period in 2016, and Chelsea openly criticising Ivanka in March 2018. Ivanka, 38, is the daughter of President Donald Trump and also his senior adviser for womens’ issues.
Chelsea, 40, is the daughter of Bill Clinton, former President, and Hillary Clinton, former First Lady, former Secretary of State in the Obama administration and the Democratic candidate for President in 2016.
The presidential campaign in 2016 was vicious, in which Ivanka’s father branded Chelsea’s mother “crooked Hillary” and once called her father the “worst abuser of women”.
Nevertheless, Ivanka called Chelsea a “good friend” and insisted that they would “absolutely” not let politics come between them.
She told Fox News at the time: “We support each other. We are not the candidates.
“We’re the children of the candidates, and we both respect our parents.
“We never talked about politics before this campaign, and I think it’s probably a good topic for us to avoid talking about now as well.”
However, the pair have not been seen together in public in a long while, with some attributing this to Chelsea’s criticism of her friend in an interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
She branded the Trump administration a “collision of cruelty and incompetence” and insisted that Ivanka should be held accountable, not because she is the daughter of the President, but because she works in his government.
Chelsea said: “I think anyone who works for the President should expect to be scrutinised for whatever decisions not only he or she is making, but whatever decisions the hite House is making on any given day.”
She added: “I’ve not spoken to Ivanka in a long time.
“It’s clear, though, that she has supported policies and decisions that I don’t agree with.
“I’ve been very vocal about my opposition to President Trump and this White House.”
Then, in a Guardian profile in May 2018 Chelsea said that, as a former president’s daughter, she still feels no sympathy for her former friend.
She said: “She’s an adult. She can make choices for herself. I mean, she’s 36. We’re responsible for our choices.”
She pointed out that, while she supported her mother in 2008, they disagreed on issues such as equal marriage rights for LGBTQ Americans and, because of that, she never defended that position.
Similarly, if Ivanka has any reservations about what her father or his administration are doing, she should have the courage to speak out.
All this is in stark contrast to how the women were before the election.
In an interview with Vogue in 2015, Chelsea actually praised Ivanka and even compared her to her father, Bill Clinton.
She said: “[Ivanka]’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.”
Meanwhile, Ivanka said that Chlsea and her husband Marc Mezvinky were in her inner circle of friends.
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