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Redskins cheerleaders make slew of new sexual harassment claims against the NFL team’s executives


Washington Football Team owner Daniel Snyder allegedly told a team cheerleader in 2004 that she should got to a hotel room to ‘get to know’ a personal friend of his, and one club executive instructed employees to create a lewd behind-the-scenes video of partially nude cheerleaders at a 2008 calendar shoot, according to the latest wave of accusations against the embattled NFL franchise.

In total, 25 women came forward to tell the Washington Post they were sexually harassed while working for the Washington Football Team.   

The latest piece  follows a previous report in which 15 women accused the team of permitting a hostile work environment rife with sexual harassment. The allegations are just the latest chapter in a chaotic off-season in which the club bowed to pressure from Native American groups and sponsors by dropping a nickname, ‘Redskins,’ that many believed to be racist.

Washington Football Team owner Daniel Snyder (pictured) allegedly told a team cheerleader in 2004 that she should got to a hotel room to 'get to know' a personal friend of his

Washington Football Team owner Daniel Snyder (pictured) allegedly told a team cheerleader in 2004 that she should got to a hotel room to ‘get to know’ a personal friend of his

Former Redskins cheerleader Tiffany Bacon Scourby claims Snyder suggested that she join his 'close friend' in a hotel room so they 'could get to know each other' back in 2004

Former Redskins cheerleader Tiffany Bacon Scourby claims Snyder suggested that she join his ‘close friend’ in a hotel room so they ‘could get to know each other’ back in 2004 

Redskins cheerleaders seen dancing as part of a 2004 event, where Scourby claims Snyder suggested she spend some time with a close friend of his in a nearby hotel room

Redskins cheerleaders seen dancing as part of a 2004 event, where Scourby claims Snyder suggested she spend some time with a close friend of his in a nearby hotel room

Seven former employees told the Post in July that now-former team executive and radio announcer Larry Michael routinely discussed the physical appearance of female colleagues in sexual and disparaging overtones. Now he's being accused of ordering a lewd behind-the-scenes video of the cheerleading squad's 2008 swimsuit calendar shoot

Seven former employees told the Post in July that now-former team executive and radio announcer Larry Michael routinely discussed the physical appearance of female colleagues in sexual and disparaging overtones. Now he’s being accused of ordering a lewd behind-the-scenes video of the cheerleading squad’s 2008 swimsuit calendar shoot 

According to the Post, ex-team employee Brad Baker was told by former team senior vice president and lead broadcaster Larry Michael to make the cheerleader video for Snyder.

‘Larry said something to the effect of, “We have a special project that we need to get done for the owner today: He needs us to get the good bits of the behind-the-scenes video from the cheerleader shoot onto a DVD for him,”‘ Baker told the Post.

Snyder was not personally accused of any workplace misconduct in the Post’s July 17 piece that detailed allegations of sexual harassment, nor was Baker suggesting that he was behind the creation of the video.

However, a former cheerleader named Tiffany Bacon Scourby did accuse the team owner of suggesting she join his ‘close friend’ in a hotel room so they ‘could get to know each other.

Donald Wells, an ex-Redskins cheerleader director, backed up Scourby's claim, according to the Washington Post

Donald Wells, an ex-Redskins cheerleader director, backed up Scourby’s claim, according to the Washington Post 

Her account was backed up by three people, including the team’s former cheerleader director, Donald Wells, according to the Post. 

The allegations in the original report, which span from 2006 through 2019, primarily include inappropriate sexual comments, unwelcome overtures and pressure to wear revealing clothing.

On July 17, Snyder issued a statement that said the story ‘strengthened my commitment to setting a new culture and standard for our team, a process that began with the hiring of Coach (Ron) Rivera earlier this year.’

Some of the 25 women said they decided to talk now because Snyder’s response angered them. And several of them, The Post said, pointed fingers at the executive suite.

‘Many of the women who have come forward in recent weeks with harassment allegations pointed to former executives named in the previous Post report: Alex Santos, the recently fired pro personnel director; [Larry] Michael, the club’s longtime radio voice and a senior vice president, who abruptly retired last month; Dennis Greene, former president of business operations, who left in 2018 amid allegations he had sold access to cheerleaders; and Mitch Gershman, former chief operating officer, who left in 2015,’ the Wednesday story read.

One club executive instructed employees to create a lewd behind-the-scenes video of partially nude cheerleaders at a 2008 calendar shoot, according to the latest wave of accusations against the embattled NFL franchise

One club executive instructed employees to create a lewd behind-the-scenes video of partially nude cheerleaders at a 2008 calendar shoot, according to the latest wave of accusations against the embattled NFL franchise

Santos and Gershman declined to comment to the newspaper, and Greene did not respond to requests for a comment.

The latest Post report also said Michael ordered his staff to make a video for Snyder showing ‘lewd outtakes’ from the film shoot for the team’s 2008 cheerleader swimsuit calendar.

Michael denied the report, but Brad Baker, a former member of the team’s broadcast staff, said it was true.

‘Larry said something to the effect of, ‘We have a special project that we need to get done for the owner today. He needs us to get the good bits of the behind-the-scenes video from the cheerleader shoot onto a DVD for him,” Baker said.

The franchise has had an offseason of upheaval.

Rivera took the reins as head coach on New Year’s Day. In April, the club traded the anchor of their offensive line, disgruntled tackle Trent Williams. Snyder agreed to drop the team’s controversial name, Redskins, in July, with a new name pending. That came days before The Post’s initial report.

Earlier this month, the team released running back Derrius Guice, a second-round draft pick in 2018, following his arrest on domestic violence-related charges. Wide receiver Cody Latimer was released on Sunday. The NFL placed Latimer on the Commissioner’s Exempt List on July 27, following an incident in May in which gunshots were fired in an apartment in Colorado. Latimer was charged with felony assault in the second degree, menacing and illegal discharge of a firearm, as well as two misdemeanors — prohibited use of a weapon and reckless endangerment.

Last week, Washington named Jason Wright as the team president. The former NFL running back is the first African-American team president in league history. 

The Redskins promoted a 2013 calendar shoot on their website. Later a group of former cheerleaders claimed they were asked to pose topless in front of an all-male group of sponsors

The Redskins promoted a 2013 calendar shoot on their website. Later a group of former cheerleaders claimed they were asked to pose topless in front of an all-male group of sponsors

WASHINGTON NFL TEAM EMPLOYEES ACCUSED OF MISCONDUCT OR NEGLIGENCE:

Former Washington Redskins director of pro personnel Alex Santos

Former Washington Redskins director of pro personnel Alex Santos

Director of pro personnel Alex Santos: Six former employees and two reporters who covered the team told the Washington Post that Santos made inappropriate remarks to them about their appearances. He also asked them if they were interested in him romantically. In 2019, he allegedly pinched Rhiannon Walker, a reporter for The Athletic, and told her she had ‘an ass like a wagon.’ This resulted in an internal investigation. Another reporter, the Ringer’s Nora Princiotti, also accused Santos of harassing her. Santos, who declined to speak with the Post, was fired this past week.

Team radio play-by-play announcer Larry Michael: Seven former employees told the Post that ‘the voice of the Washington Redskins’ frequently talked openly about female co-workers looks, often making sexually disparaging remarks. He was once caught on a ‘hot mic’ in 2018 discussing the looks of one intern, six sources told the Post. Michael, who declined to speak with the Post, retired after 16 seasons on Wednesday.

Former radio announcer Larry Michael

Former assistant director of pro personnel Richard Mann II

Former radio announcer Larry Michael (left) and former assistant director of pro personnel Richard Mann II (right)

Assistant director of pro personnel Richard Mann II: In a text message obtained by the Post, Mann told a female colleague that he and other men in the office debated whether she had plastic surgery on her breasts. He also warned another female coworker to expect an ‘inappropriate hug’ from him, adding, ‘don’t worry that will be a stapler in my pocket, nothing else.’ Mann declined to speak with the Post after being fired last week.

Former president of business operations Dennis Greene

Former president of business operations Dennis Greene

President of business operations Dennis Greene: Five former employees told the Post that Greene asked female sales staffers to wear revealing outfits and flirt with wealthy season ticket holders and suite holders. Greene worked for the club for 17 years until 2018, when it was revealed that he had sold access to team cheerleaders at a bikini photo shoot in Costa Rica as part of a ticket package. According to a New York Times investigation, the 2013 calendar shoot did not involve any sex, but team officials did worry the cheerleaders by taking their passports. Some cheerleaders say they were required to be topless, although the shoot did not include any nudity. After a 14-hour shoot one day, nine of the 36 cheerleaders were reportedly asked to escort suite holders to a local nightclub. Several of the women began to cry, according to the Times. Greene declined to comment and has not worked for the team since being fired in 2018.

Chief operating officer Mitch Gershman: Former team Emily Applegate said he would routinely compliment her body while also regularly berating her for insignificant problems, like printer malfunctions. Her allegations were supported by two other female former employees. When contacted, Gershman told the Post, ‘I barely even remember who she is,’ adding that he ‘would apologize to anyone who thought I was verbally abusive.’ Gershman left the team in 2015.

Team president Bruce Allen: Although he is not accused of any misconduct, Applegate claims Allen must have known about the abuse she was receiving because ‘he sat 30 feet away from me… and saw me sobbing at my desk several times a week.’ The brother of former Virginia Governor and US Senator George Allen, Bruce Allen was fired after the 2019 season.

Majority owner Dan Snyder: The 55-year-old billionaire is not accused of any misconduct with female employees, but the Post’s sources say he presided over a lax corporate environment where misconduct was allowed to occur. Snyder was also accused of belittling executives, according to three members of the executive staff. Specifically, he mocked Dennis Greene for being a college cheerleader, once allegedly ordering him to do cartwheels for his amusement. Snyder remains the team’s majority owner.

Neither team owner Dan Snyder (left) or recently fired team president Bruce Allen (right) are accused of any misconduct, but sources did tell the Post that they should have been aware about the workplace culture, and neither did enough to stop it

Neither team owner Dan Snyder (left) or recently fired team president Bruce Allen (right) are accused of any misconduct, but sources did tell the Post that they should have been aware about the workplace culture, and neither did enough to stop it 



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McDonald’s probes sacked CEO’s improper conduct ‘cover-up’


McDonald’s is investigating whether its ousted former CEO Steve Easterbrook covered up improper conduct by his colleagues, it has emerged.

The 53-year-old British executive was dismissed last November after his relationship with McDonald’s employee came to light, and is now facing a lawsuit which claims he lied about other liaisons. 

Now the US fast food giant says its ongoing probe will be widened to look at the actions of its human resources department, which some managers have accused of ignoring complaints under Mr Easterbrook’s leadership. 

‘The board will follow the facts wherever they may lead,’ McDonald’s said in a statement to DailyMail.com.   

Former McDonald's boss Steve Easterbrook (pictured with the firm's mascot Ronald McDonald in Germany) was ousted last year

Former McDonald’s boss Steve Easterbrook (pictured with the firm’s mascot Ronald McDonald in Germany) was ousted last year 

Some former McDonald’s managers say that they feared retaliation if they complained to HR about the conduct of the firm’s executives, according to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported the investigation.

Others said they felt their complaints had been ignored during Mr Easterbrook’s tenure at the firm, from 2015 to 2019. 

The continuing investigation into Mr Easterbrook will now examine whether he covered up improper behavior by other employees, it is reported.  

A tip-off about one of Mr Easterbrook’s alleged relationships also raised concerns about the HR department, it is believed, but McDonalds did not give further details.

MailOnline has approached Mr Easterbrook’s legal representatives for comment. 

McDonald’s former head of human resources, David Fairhurst, was brought on by Mr Easterbrook soon after he became CEO, but left the company in November.

Mr Fairhurst streamlined many HR functions, including a change to performance reviews that allowed for less employee feedback about concerns, former managers told the Journal.

Now, McDonald’s tells the Journal that it fired Mr Fairhurst with cause after Mr Easterbrook’s dismissal because of conduct inconsistent with company policies and values. 

McDonald’s said at the time of his departure simply that Mr Fairhurst had left the company.  

‘I have decided the time has come for me to move on to my next career challenge,’ Mr Fairhurst said at the time.  

The McDonald’s lawsuit announced on August 10 claimed that Mr Easterbrook had covered up and lied about sexual relationships with at least three employees.  

In its complaint, McDonald’s said it had found dozens of nude or sexually explicit photos of women, including the three employees, that Easterbrook sent to his personal email account from his company email account.

McDonald’s said Easterbrook deleted the emails and attached photos from his company-issued phone shortly before his ouster, but they remained on a company server.

Steve Easterbrook's ex-girlfriend Denise Paleothodoros (pictured together) told DailyMail.com earlier this month that his alleged behavior was 'out of character for the gentleman I knew'

Steve Easterbrook’s ex-girlfriend Denise Paleothodoros (pictured together) told DailyMail.com earlier this month that his alleged behavior was ‘out of character for the gentleman I knew’

The firm is seeking to recoup tens of millions of dollars in severance and benefits in the lawsuit filed in Delaware court. 

The former CEO’s severance package was worth $41.8 million when he left the company, executive pay firm Equilar has estimated.  

Mr Easterbrook is disputing the lawsuit against him, calling it ‘meritless’ and ‘misleading’ in a court filing earlier this month.

His lawyers are seeking to dismiss the case and say the alleged emails were available to McDonald’s at the time of Mr Easterbrook’s separation agreement. 

Mr Easterbrook is also challenging the lawsuit on technical grounds, saying it should have been filed in Illinois rather than Delaware.   

The lawsuit came nine months after Mr Easterbrook was ousted and admitted that his relationship with an employee was a ‘mistake’.   

The woman has never been named, but another former girlfriend told DailyMail.com earlier this month that his alleged behavior was ‘out of character for the gentleman I knew’. 

Denise Paleothodoros revealed how she had flown on a private McDonald’s plane to on vacations to Cabo San Lucas, New Orleans, Lake Tahoe, Scottsdale and New York.

The continuing investigation into Mr Easterbrook (pictured) will now examine whether he covered up improper behavior by other employees, it is reported

The continuing investigation into Mr Easterbrook (pictured) will now examine whether he covered up improper behavior by other employees, it is reported

At one stage she had plans to move into Mr Easterbrook’s $2.5million apartment in Chicago. 

‘His actions described are not the actions of the person I knew. He was very careful about his image,’ she said. 

She said she was speaking out because she has ‘been lumped together with these other women that were involved in Steve’s problems.’ 

Before his firing, Mr Easterbrook had been credited with modernizing the chain during his four-year tenure, which saw the introduction of touch-screen kiosks and an all-day breakfast menu.    

He was replaced as CEO by Chris Kempczinski, who was previously the president of McDonald’s USA.   

Mr Kempczinski promised earlier this month to ‘strengthen our culture and maintain an environment in which members of the McDonald’s System are encouraged to and comfortable with coming forward’ about any misconduct.   

Announcing the lawsuit against his predecessor, he said: ‘We recently became aware through an employee report of new information regarding the conduct of our former CEO, Steve Easterbrook. 

‘We now know that his conduct deviated from our values in different and far more extensive ways than we were aware when he left the company last year. 

‘While the Board made the right decision to swiftly remove him from the company last November, this new information makes it clear that he lied and destroyed evidence regarding inappropriate personal behavior and should not have retained the contractual compensation he did upon his exit.’



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Ivanka Trump cuddles son Theodore, 4, before heading to work


Ivanka Trump shared a quick cuddle with her youngest son Theodore on Wednesday morning before leaving her Washington, D.C. home on the third day of the Republican National Convention.  

The 38-year-old White House senior adviser was dressed to impress in a sleek black pantsuit and a matching black face mask as she stepped out the front door with her four-year-old in tow. 

Ivanka was beaming as she squatted down to enjoy a few precious minutes with her little boy, who had his back to her as he focused on something in front of him that had captured his eye. 

Off to work: Ivanka Trump shared a sweet goodbye with your four-year-old son Theodore as she left her Washington, D.C. home on Wednesday morning

Off to work: Ivanka Trump shared a sweet goodbye with your four-year-old son Theodore as she left her Washington, D.C. home on Wednesday morning 

Special time: The 38-year-old's youngest child followed her out onto the stoop, and she squatted down to spend a few precious moments with him before she headed to work

Special time: The 38-year-old’s youngest child followed her out onto the stoop, and she squatted down to spend a few precious moments with him before she headed to work

Theo was dressed for a casual summer day in a white T-shirt, khaki shorts, and blue ankle socks instead of shoes. He was holding onto a pen and likely in the middle of playing when he followed his mom outside. 

At one point, he turned around to look over the railing at the sidewalk below as Ivanka lovingly held her hand on his back.  

After saying goodbye, Ivanka strutted down the stairs, revealing her full outfit: a modern black blazer with three-quarter sleeves and matching skinny pants. 

She topped off her look with strappy black stiletto sandals, a black leather handbag, and a black face mask — a departure from the colorful floral one she wore the day before.  

Ivanka has faithfully donned a protective face covering for the majority of her public outings, despite her father’s wavering stance on masks. 

Quick cuddle: Ivanka had her arm wrapped around her son as something captured his eye

Quick cuddle: Ivanka had her arm wrapped around her son as something captured his eye 

Play clothes: Theo was dressed for a casual summer day in a white T-shirt, khaki shorts, and blue ankle socks instead of shoes

Play clothes: Theo was dressed for a casual summer day in a white T-shirt, khaki shorts, and blue ankle socks instead of shoes

Special moment: At one point, he turned around to look over the railing at the sidewalk below as Ivanka lovingly held her hand on his back

Special moment: At one point, he turned around to look over the railing at the sidewalk below as Ivanka lovingly held her hand on his back

She has also taken great care to match them to her outfits, with Wednesday’s look being no exception. 

The mother of three wore a dainty gold chain around her neck, and she also had a red string bracelet on her left wrist, which she has been wearing off and on for a few years now. 

Although she hasn’t spoken about the purpose of the bracelet, it does bear a resemblance to the type of red string that Kabbalah practitioners wear to ward off the ‘evil eye.’ 

Ivanka’s long blonde hair was center-parted and flat ironed straight, a signature look for her. Coincidence or not, it was the same hairstyle that she donned to speak at the RNC in 2016. 

Her husband, fellow White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, was also seen leaving their home on Wednesday wearing a navy suit paired with a red and navy blue striped tie. 

Strictly business: After saying goodbye, Ivanka strutted down the stairs, revealing her full outfit: a modern black blazer with three-quarter sleeves and matching skinny pants

Strictly business: After saying goodbye, Ivanka strutted down the stairs, revealing her full outfit: a modern black blazer with three-quarter sleeves and matching skinny pants

Accessories: She topped off her look with strappy black stiletto sandals and a black leather

Accessories: She topped off her look with strappy black stiletto sandals and a black leather

Accessories: She topped off her look with strappy black stiletto sandals and a black leather

Safety first: Ivanka also donned a black face mask that matched her sleek power suit

Safety first: Ivanka also donned a black face mask that matched her sleek power suit 

The 39-year-old dad was out the door at 7:30 a.m., over an hour before Ivanka said goodbye to their kids and headed to work. 

The parents also have a daughter Arabella, nine, and an older son Joseph, six.  

Ivanka got an earlier start than usual, leaving her home at 8:45 a.m. — nearly two hours earlier than she had left the day before. 

President Donald Trump’s eldest daughter had some extra pep in her step when she left her home on Tuesday wearing seafoam green Ralph Lauren shirt dress, a look she has worn before.   

She looked elegant in the belted $1,990 Ralph Lauren frock, which was buttoned to the top collar and featured slit sleeves that gave her the appearance of wearing a cape. 

Go-to style: Ivanka's long blonde hair was center-parted and flat ironed straight, a signature look for her

Go-to style: Ivanka’s long blonde hair was center-parted and flat ironed straight, a signature look for her

He's off: Her husband, fellow White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, was also seen leaving their home on Wednesday wearing a navy suit paired with a red and navy blue striped tie

He’s off: Her husband, fellow White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, was also seen leaving their home on Wednesday wearing a navy suit paired with a red and navy blue striped tie

Grinning: Jared, 39, had a smile on his face and his cellphone in his hand as he headed to work at 7:30 a.m. — over an hour before Ivanka left the house

Grinning: Jared, 39, had a smile on his face and his cellphone in his hand as he headed to work at 7:30 a.m. — over an hour before Ivanka left the house 

She paired the outfit with a matching floral mask and classic suede pumps in an understated shade of nude. Matching seafoam green earrings peeked out from underneath her hair, and she carried a cream leather clutch in her hand.  

Ivanka had a twinkle in her eye as she headed to work, and while there was no way to tell, she appeared to be smiling behind her mask.

She got a late start on Tuesday, leaving her home at 10:30 a.m. — three hours after her husband, fellow White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, stepped out the door.  

Ivanka seemed well-rested and chipper, despite spending most of the day on the campaign trail in North Carolina with her father the day before.  

She put on a show during her short walk from her front door to the Secret Service vehicle waiting at the curb for her, giving a cordial wave to the paparazzi as they captured her departure. 

Busy week: Ivanka's stepmother, First Lady Melania Trump, tried to appeal to female voters during her speech at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday evening

Busy week: Ivanka’s stepmother, First Lady Melania Trump, tried to appeal to female voters during her speech at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday evening 

Big night: Ivanka's half-sister Tiffany Trump, 26, made a rare public appearance at the RNC as she took the stage in a powder blue suit

Big night: Ivanka’s half-sister Tiffany Trump, 26, made a rare public appearance at the RNC as she took the stage in a powder blue suit 

Family motto: Tiffany took a cue from her siblings and railed against the media, the tech giants, and the education system suggesting they keep the American people 'mentally enslaved'

Family motto: Tiffany took a cue from her siblings and railed against the media, the tech giants, and the education system suggesting they keep the American people ‘mentally enslaved’

She will be the last of Trump’s adult children to speak at the Republican National Convention. Don Jr., 42, took the stage on Monday evening, while Eric, 36, and Tiffany, 26, gave speeches on Tuesday. 

It was a rare appearance for Tiffany, who gave a well-received speech four years ago at the convention in Cleveland, Ohio, where she talked about her father in personal terms, showing a different side to the GOP nominee.  

This time around, she took a cue from her father and older siblings and railed against the media, the tech giants, and the education system suggesting they keep the American people ‘mentally enslaved.’

‘People must recognize that our thoughts, opinions, and even the choice of who we vote for are being manipulated and invisibly coerced by the media and tech giants,’ the Georgetown Law Center graduate said.

Likely speaking from experience, she said that in the academic arena, students with opposing viewpoints are ‘too afraid to speak,’ while the system promotes ‘groupthink.’ 

Taking the stage: Ivanka's younger brother Eric Trump, 36, also spoke at the convention on Tuesday evening

Taking the stage: Ivanka’s younger brother Eric Trump, 36, also spoke at the convention on Tuesday evening 

Doing his part: Donald Trump Jr., the president's oldest child, took the stage on Monday to help kick off the RNC

Doing his part: Donald Trump Jr., the president’s oldest child, took the stage on Monday to help kick off the RNC 

Special: Ivanka (pictured with Trump in 2016) will only address supporters on Thursday, the final night of the convention

Special: Ivanka (pictured with Trump in 2016) will only address supporters on Thursday, the final night of the convention 

President Trump’s youngest daughter usually pops up at major events in his administration — the State of the Union address, the trip he took to Mount Rushmore on July 3, and the state dinner in London — but her speech suggests she may be ready to take on a more prominent roll in her father’s campaign. 

First Lady Melania Trump also spoke at the convention on Tuesday evening, arguing for her husband’s bid for a second term in a speech designed to appeal to female voters. 

Ivanka will not address supporters until Thursday — the final evening of the event.

It is understood that she will introduce her father as he prepares to accept the Republican party’s official nomination. 

Pep in her step! Ivanka Trump gave a wave as she stepped out of her home on Tuesday wearing a $1,990 Ralph Lauren shirt dress

Pep in her step! Ivanka Trump gave a wave as she stepped out of her home on Tuesday wearing a $1,990 Ralph Lauren shirt dress 

Details: The now sold-out dress was buttoned to the top collar and featured slit sleeves that gave her the appearance of wearing a cape

Details: The now sold-out dress was buttoned to the top collar and featured slit sleeves that gave her the appearance of wearing a cape

Details: The now sold-out dress was buttoned to the top collar and featured slit sleeves that gave her the appearance of wearing a cape

Strutting her stuff: Ivanka also put on a very chic display as she left her home on Monday morning ahead of the Republican National Convention

Strutting her stuff: Ivanka also put on a very chic display as she left her home on Monday morning ahead of the Republican National Convention 

It’s been a busy week for Ivanka, who traveled to North Carolina to be by her father’s side on Monday. 

She was seen strutting out of her home in a $1,990 white dress from Lela Rose that had pretty blue flowers printed across it.  

Ivanka added matching accessories, opting for a white face mask, white strappy sandals, and a $1,540 white Max Mara handbag.  

Shortly after leaving her home, Ivanka traveled to North Carolina, where she and her father visited a Farmers to Families Food Box program site in Mills River ahead of the start of the convention. 

‘I am incredibly excited to join the President in North Carolina as he sees first-hand the incredible work being done through our Farmers to Families Food Box program,’ she said in a statement. 

Surprise! Ivanka and her father made an unscheduled appearance at the convention shortly after landing in Charlotte, where President Trump accepted the 2020 nomination in person

Surprise! Ivanka and her father made an unscheduled appearance at the convention shortly after landing in Charlotte, where President Trump accepted the 2020 nomination in person

Making it official: Delegates officially nominated Trump to be their candidate in November during the roll call Monday morning

Making it official: Delegates officially nominated Trump to be their candidate in November during the roll call Monday morning

Ivanka was pictured disembarking Air Force One at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, having taken off her face mask and replaced it with a glamorous pair of sunglasses.   

She then made an unexpected visit to the convention ahead of schedule, where President Trump accepted the nomination in person, while Ivanka watched on from the wings. 

During his speech, the president told the scaled-back convention: ‘We have to win. This is the most important election in the history of our country.’  

Soon after the surprise speech, Ivanka and her father flew to Asheville Regional Airport in Fletcher, North Carolina, before making their way to Mills River for their visit to the Farmers to Families Food Box program site. 

They were met by a crowd of fans, with Ivanka’s arrival, in particular, eliciting cheers and screams.   



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Man, 17, is charged as two BLM protesters shot dead in Kenosha


A 17-year-old has been arrested over a shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin last night that left two protesters dead and another injured in a possible vigilante attack amid a wave of looting. 

Kyle Rittenhouse was arrested on Wednesday afternoon in his hometown of Antioch, Illinois and charged with first degree intentional homicide.  

One man was shot in the head and another was shot in the chest shortly before midnight on Tuesday. A third man was shot in the arm but his wounds were not believed to life-threatening. 

The teenager’s arrest came hours after video footage emerged showing Rittenhouse walking up to police with his hands in the air and his semi-automatic rifle slung across his body just moments after the shooting. 

He was apparently allowed to walk by despite members of the crowd yelling for him to be arrested because he had shot people, according to witness accounts and video footage. 

News of his arrest came as President Donald Trump said Wisconsin officials had accepted federal law enforcement support following several days of unrest across the city in the wake of the police shooting of black man Jacob Blake. 

As the crowd scattered, the shooter stood up and looked around with his gun raised before he started walking down the street in the direction of arriving police officers

As the crowd scattered, the shooter stood up and looked around with his gun raised before he started walking down the street in the direction of arriving police officers

Cellphone video posted online shows that the ordeal unfolded after a man was shot in the head outside a nearby auto garage. The videos showed the armed man running away in the moments after the gunshots rang out and he could be heard saying: ‘I’ve just killed somebody’. 

Onlookers were filmed desperately trying to put pressure on the injured man’s head wound with a t-shirt as they yelled: ‘We’ve got to keep him alive’ and ‘put pressure, put pressure.’ 

It is not yet clear what happened in the lead up to the initial shooting but police fear it may have stemmed from a conflict at a gas station between ‘self-styled militias’ defending local businesses from looters. 

The sheriff could not immediately confirm if the gunman was among the armed people patrolling the city’s streets in recent nights. 

Separate videos that captured the other two shootings showed a group of protesters tailing the gunman as he ran down the middle of the street. Someone in the crowd can be heard asking ‘What did he do?’ and another responds that the man had shot someone. 

Cellphone videos from the scene in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Tuesday night show a white man brandishing a semi-automatic rifle in a confrontation with demonstrators following a shooting just moments earlier where a man was shot in the head. Protesters chased the gunman down the street before one kicked him to the ground

Cellphone videos from the scene in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Tuesday night show a white man brandishing a semi-automatic rifle in a confrontation with demonstrators following a shooting just moments earlier where a man was shot in the head. Protesters chased the gunman down the street before one kicked him to the ground  

Another man could be seen hitting the gunman over the head with a skateboard before struggling with the gunman as gunshots rang out and people fled from the scene

Another man could be seen hitting the gunman over the head with a skateboard before struggling with the gunman as gunshots rang out and people fled from the scene  

The gunman appeared to fire a shot at the man brandishing the skateboard while he was still lying on the ground. The man who initially kicked the gunman to the ground can be seen running (right) as the gunshots broke out

The gunman appeared to fire a shot at the man brandishing the skateboard while he was still lying on the ground. The man who initially kicked the gunman to the ground can be seen running (right) as the gunshots broke out

The man with the skateboard stumbled away from the gunman clutching his chest (right) as another man appeared to put his hands up in front of the shooter

The man with the skateboard stumbled away from the gunman clutching his chest (right) as another man appeared to put his hands up in front of the shooter

The man who put his hands up can be seen above attempting to cover himself as the gunman fired off his rifle

The man who put his hands up can be seen above attempting to cover himself as the gunman fired off his rifle 

That same man was subsequently shot in the arm by the gunman (above). The man who was initially shot in the chest can be seen collapsed on the ground behind him

That same man was subsequently shot in the arm by the gunman (above). The man who was initially shot in the chest can be seen collapsed on the ground behind him

The armed man got back to his feet while the man who was shot in the chest laid on the ground and bystanders screamed and ran in terror

The armed man got back to his feet while the man who was shot in the chest laid on the ground and bystanders screamed and ran in terror  

The man, who still had his gun slung across him, put up his hands and walked toward the squad cars as someone yelled at police that the man just shot someone. Despite appearing to hand himself in, police said early Wednesday they were still looking for the gunman

The man, who still had his gun slung across him, put up his hands and walked toward the squad cars as someone yelled at police that the man just shot someone. Despite appearing to hand himself in, police said early Wednesday they were still looking for the gunman

The videos show the man with the gun stumbling and falling in the street before one pursuer took a flying kick at him, while another appeared to strike him with a skateboard. 

The gunman fired three of four shots from a seated position, hitting at least two people, including one who fell over clutching his chest and another who stumbled away putting pressure on his arm, according to the videos.  

As the crowd scattered, the shooter stood up and continued walking down the street as police cars arrived. 

The man, who still had his gun slung across him, put up his hands and walked toward the squad cars as someone yelled at police that the man just shot someone. Several police cars drove past him toward the people who had been shot. 

Despite appearing to hand himself in, Sheriff David Beth told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel first thing Wednesday that shooter had not yet been identified or detained. 

‘I feel very confident we’ll have him in a very short time,’ he said given what the videos showed. 

The names of the victims have not yet been released.  

Police said they fear that the shooting stemmed from a conflict between ‘self-styled militias’ defending local businesses from looters amid the ongoing unrest over the shooting of Jacob Blake. Blake remains in hospital after being shot multiple times by a white Kenosha officer on Sunday, prompting a wave of protests that continued despite a curfew.   

Several civilians were carrying weapons during the protests on Tuesday night and the gunman was believed to have been guarding a local car shop at some point prior to the shootings, according to videos posted online. 

The so-called militias have had weapons slung over their shoulders or at the ready while standing guard outside businesses to protect them from looters or arsonists.

‘They’re like a vigilante group,’ Beth said, adding that he was not yet clear if the man at the center of the outburst was linked to such a group.  

Cellphone video posted online shows that the ordeal unfolded after one man was shot in the head outside a nearby auto garage. The victim is pictured on the ground while the gunman stands nearby

The videos showed the gunman running away in the moments after the gunshots rang out and he could be heard saying: 'I've just killed somebody'

Cellphone video posted online shows that the ordeal unfolded after one man was shot in the head outside a nearby auto garage. The victim is pictured on the ground on the left while the gunman stands nearby. The videos showed the gunman running away (right) in the moments after the gunshots rang out and he could be heard saying: ‘I’ve just killed somebody’

The same man was seen walking the streets of Kenosha carrying his gun. This image is believed to have been taken earlier in the evening prior to the shootings. Police said they fear that the shooting stemmed from a conflict between 'self-styled militias' defending local businesses but they have not officially confirmed if the gunman was part of the militia group

The same man was seen walking the streets of Kenosha carrying his gun. This image is believed to have been taken earlier in the evening prior to the shootings. Police said they fear that the shooting stemmed from a conflict between ‘self-styled militias’ defending local businesses but they have not officially confirmed if the gunman was part of the militia group

Several civilians were carrying weapons during the protests on Tuesday night and the gunman was believed to have been guarding a local car shop at some point prior to the shootings, according to videos posted online. At one point, police drove by and offered the group water

Several civilians were carrying weapons during the protests on Tuesday night and the gunman was believed to have been guarding a local car shop at some point prior to the shootings, according to videos posted online. At one point, police drove by and offered the group water

Several civilians were carrying weapons during the protests on Tuesday night and the gunman (far left and right) was believed to have been guarding a local car shop at some point prior to the shootings, according to videos posted online. At one point, police drove by and offered the group water 

Several civilians were carrying weapons during the protests on Tuesday night and the gunman was believed to have been guarding a local car shop at some point prior to the shootings, according to videos posted online

Several civilians were carrying weapons during the protests on Tuesday night and the gunman was believed to have been guarding a local car shop at some point prior to the shootings, according to videos posted online

A witness, Julio Rosas, 24, said that when the gunman stumbled and fell, ‘two people jumped onto him and there was a struggle for control of his rifle. At that point during the struggle, he just began to fire multiple rounds and that dispersed people near him.’

‘The rifle was being jerked around in all directions while it was being fired,’ Rosas said.

Another protester Devin Scott told the Chicago Tribune that he witnessed the initial shooting and helped provide aid to the victim shot in the head.  

‘We were all chanting ‘Black lives matter’ at the gas station and then we heard, boom, boom, and I told my friend, that´s not fireworks,’ the 19-year-old said. 

‘And then this guy with this huge gun runs by us in the middle of the street and people are yelling, ‘He shot someone! He shot someone!’ And everyone is trying to fight the guy, chasing him and then he started shooting again.’

Scott said he rushed to help the injured man, saying: ‘I was cradling him in my arms. I was trying to keep this kid alive and he wasn’t moving or nothing. He was just laying there. 

‘I didn’t know what to do and then this woman starts performing CPR. There was no pulse. I don´t think he made it.’ 

Before the gunfire erupted, police in riot gear fired rubber bullets, tear gas and flash-bang rounds to push back demonstrators who defied a dawn-to-dusk curfew and gathered outside a courthouse and adjacent park.    

Cellphone video posted online shows that the ordeal unfolded after one man was shot in the head outside an auto garage. It is not yet clear what happened in the lead up to the initial shooting. Onlookers were filmed desperately trying to put pressure on the injured man's head wound with a t-shirt as they yelled: 'We've got to keep him alive'

Cellphone video posted online shows that the ordeal unfolded after one man was shot in the head outside an auto garage. It is not yet clear what happened in the lead up to the initial shooting. Onlookers were filmed desperately trying to put pressure on the injured man’s head wound with a t-shirt as they yelled: ‘We’ve got to keep him alive’ 

The man was bleeding heavily from his arm after being shot in the street

A man was shot in the arm as clashes between protesters and armed civilians who protect the streets of Kenosha against the arson during the third day of protests over the shooting of a black man Jacob Blake by police officer in Wisconsin, United States this morning

Footage from the scene showed this man after being shot in the arm. Police later said his injuries were not believed to be life threatening and that he was treated in hospital

This man appeared to suffer a gunshot wound to the arm during the ordeal. Police say he was treated in hospital for his injuries

This man appeared to suffer a gunshot wound to the arm during the ordeal. Police say he was treated in hospital for his injuries

The man shot in the chest is pictured above being dragged by two demonstrators before onlookers started giving him CPR

The man shot in the chest is pictured above being dragged by two demonstrators before onlookers started giving him CPR

About 300 demonstrators defied the city’s 8pm curfew again after Governor Tony Evers declared a state of emergency earlier following a night of violence and destruction that saw rioters set fire to businesses and vehicles across the city. 

The shooting of Blake comes three months after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis which sparked nationwide protests against police brutality and racism.   

The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department also deployed at least four armored patrol vehicles fitted with roof turrets from which deputies fired tear gas canisters into the crowd, many of whom hurled water bottles, bricks, firecrackers and other objects back at police.

But there was no immediate sign of buildings or cars being set ablaze, as happened on Monday night.

Demonstrators, some of whom were wearing helmets and equipped with makeshift protective gear, were seen trying to storm a black iron fence that had been installed earlier to protect the court from rioters. 

Meanwhile, officers dressed in riot gear stood guard behind the barrier, holding up shields as protesters shouted expletives and hurled bottles at them. 

Footage from the scene also showed people throwing fireworks in the direction of cops as they ignored their orders to disperse. 

In one video shared by a journalist on Twitter, one man was seen trying to set fire to an American flag before being deterred by pepperballs fired by police.  

A crowd of protesters continue their demonstrations in Wisconsin last night after the governor declared a state of emergency

A crowd of protesters continue their demonstrations in Wisconsin last night after the governor declared a state of emergency 

Armed civilians stand in the streets of Kenosha to protect the area against the arson during third day of protests over the shooting of a black man Jacob Blake by police officer in Wisconsin, United States this morning

Armed civilians stand in the streets of Kenosha to protect the area against the arson during third day of protests over the shooting of a black man Jacob Blake by police officer in Wisconsin, United States this morning

Police in riot gear clear a park during clashes with protesters outside the Kenosha County Courthouse late Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, in Kenosha, Wis

Police in riot gear clear a park during clashes with protesters outside the Kenosha County Courthouse late Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, in Kenosha, Wis

Protesters were seen hurling water bottles, bricks, firecrackers and other objects back at police as they fired rubber bullets and tears gas towards the crowds

Protesters were seen hurling water bottles, bricks, firecrackers and other objects back at police as they fired rubber bullets and tears gas towards the crowds

Law enforcement pleaded with people to leave the area through loud speakers on armored vehicles while delivering a constant barrage of less lethal munitions and tear gas against a hostile crowd which kept up a return fire of lasers, debris, rocks, bottles and explosive devices as the cops moved to push the crowd

Law enforcement pleaded with people to leave the area through loud speakers on armored vehicles while delivering a constant barrage of less lethal munitions and tear gas against a hostile crowd which kept up a return fire of lasers, debris, rocks, bottles and explosive devices as the cops moved to push the crowd

People, including members of the press, were seen running away as police fired tear gas towards the crowds

People, including members of the press, were seen running away as police fired tear gas towards the crowds

Chaos rocks Kenosha for a third night: Protests defied curfew and gathered outside the county courthouse on Tuesday night, clashing with police

Chaos rocks Kenosha for a third night: Protests defied curfew and gathered outside the county courthouse on Tuesday night, clashing with police

Demonstrators were seen trying to topple over a black fence that was installed around the court earlier as officials braced for another night of destruction

Demonstrators were seen trying to topple over a black fence that was installed around the court earlier as officials braced for another night of destruction

Protesters gathered outside wearing helmets and masks, and some held makeshift shields as they prepared to face off with police

Protesters gathered outside wearing helmets and masks, and some held makeshift shields as they prepared to face off with police

A man stood in front of law enforcement officers as they braced for a clash against protesters

A man stood in front of law enforcement officers as they braced for a clash against protesters 

A woman was seen shouting and flipping off police during the protest outside the courthouse on Tuesday

A woman was seen shouting and flipping off police during the protest outside the courthouse on Tuesday 

Kenosha County sheriffs deputies warned crowds over loud speaker that they were participating in an unlawful gathering while urging them to leave the area. 

The crowd responded by chanting ‘black lives matter’, prompting police to fire rubber bullets. 

Several military-style armored patrol vehicles were also called in and were seen maneuvering around the county courthouse, firing tear gas at the crowd.

About three hours after declaring the protest an unlawful assembly, authorities had managed to push Tuesday night’s crowd out of the downtown park, with demonstrators scattering down streets. 

The disturbances came hours after Governor Evers vowed to deploy additional National Guard troops in a bid to restore order in the town, while Blake’s mother publicly appealed for calm during a press conference held outside the court.    

On Tuesday, President Trump, who has consistently denounced the BLM protests that have rocked the country in recent months, urged Wisconsin officials to call in the National Guard to quell the unrest, despite troops already being on the ground. 

‘Governor should call in the National Guard in Wisconsin. It is ready, willing, and more than able. End problem FAST!’ Trump tweeted. 

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows later revealed Governor Evers had turned down Trump’s offer for federal assistance, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. 

A spokeswoman for Evers told the paper: ‘The governor informed them that we would be increasing Wisconsin National Guard support in Kenosha and therefore would not need federal assistance in response to protests but would welcome additional federal support and resources for our state’s response to COVID-19.’   

A protester is seen tossing an object toward police as cops deployed tear gas and other crowd control munitions

A protester is seen tossing an object toward police as cops deployed tear gas and other crowd control munitions 

Protesters took cover behind a trash bin as police fired tear gas and armored vehicles moved to the outside of the iron fence in front of the court

Protesters took cover behind a trash bin as police fired tear gas and armored vehicles moved to the outside of the iron fence in front of the court

People were seen using umbrellas and plastic shields to protect themselves from tear gas and rubber bullets

People were seen using umbrellas and plastic shields to protect themselves from tear gas and rubber bullets

A protester shielded himself with an umbrella and took cover behind a dumpster during clashes outside the Kenosha County Courthouse

A protester shielded himself with an umbrella and took cover behind a dumpster during clashes outside the Kenosha County Courthouse 

Members of the crowd came armed with makeshift protective gear ahead of Tuesday's night skirmish

Members of the crowd came armed with makeshift protective gear ahead of Tuesday’s night skirmish 

A law enforcement officer was seen emerging from the hatch of an armored vehicle to fire rubber bullets at protesters after they ignored orders to clear the area

A law enforcement officer was seen emerging from the hatch of an armored vehicle to fire rubber bullets at protesters after they ignored orders to clear the area

Flares are seen near a Kenosha County Sheriff vehicle during the protests on Tuesday night

Flares are seen near a Kenosha County Sheriff vehicle during the protests on Tuesday night 

An explosive device detonates as a protester pushes back on an armored vehicle clearing the nearby park where crowds had gathered

An explosive device detonates as a protester pushes back on an armored vehicle clearing the nearby park where crowds had gathered

Blake, 29, a father of six, was struck from behind at point-blank range in a hail of bullets fired on Sunday by police who were following him with guns drawn as he walked away from officers to his car and opened a door to the vehicle.

Three of his young sons inside the automobile – aged three, five and eight – witnessed their father being gunned down, according to civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who represents the Blake family.

A bystander captured the encounter in video footage that immediately went viral, unleashing outrage over the latest in a long series of instances in which police have been accused of using indiscriminate lethal force against African Americans.

Blake, who had been attempting to break up a quarrel between two women, was struck by multiple gunshots fired at him, all by one officer.  

Crump also revealed Blake was undergoing surgery for his injuries, adding that the bullets severed his spinal cord and shattered his vertebrae. Another attorney said there was also severe damage to organs.

‘It’s going to take a miracle for Jacob Blake Jr to ever walk again,’ Crump said.

An armored vehicle moves to the outside of the iron fence in front of the County Court House as police fired teargas towards protesters after they failed to clear the area

An armored vehicle moves to the outside of the iron fence in front of the County Court House as police fired teargas towards protesters after they failed to clear the area

About three hours after declaring the protest an unlawful assembly, authorities had managed to push Tuesday night's crowd out of the downtown park, with demonstrators scattering down streets

About three hours after declaring the protest an unlawful assembly, authorities had managed to push Tuesday night’s crowd out of the downtown park, with demonstrators scattering down streets

Kenosha County sheriff deputies eventually moved to the streets to clear a park of protesters after they ignored police orders to disperse

Kenosha County sheriff deputies eventually moved to the streets to clear a park of protesters after they ignored police orders to disperse

Protests over the shooting of Jacob Blake on Sunday began started off peacefully before descending into chaos as protesters defied curfew and targeted police

Protests over the shooting of Jacob Blake on Sunday began started off peacefully before descending into chaos as protesters defied curfew and targeted police 

Protesters burn a small American flag during a third night of unrest in the wake of the shooting of Jacob Blake by police officers, in Kenosha

Protesters burn a small American flag during a third night of unrest in the wake of the shooting of Jacob Blake by police officers, in Kenosha

The legal team plans to file a civil lawsuit against the police department over the shooting.

Police have not explained why Blake was shot.

At a news conference earlier in the day, Blake’s parents expressed anguish over the shooting while decrying two previous nights of looting, vandalism and arson that overshadowed peaceful street protests.

‘They shot my son seven times, seven times, like he didn’t matter,’ Jacobv Blake Sr said tearfully as he spoke to reporters alongside other family members and lawyers. 

‘But my son matters. He’s a human being and he matters.’ 

Blake’s mother, Julia Jackson, said the damage in Kenosha does not reflect what her family wants and that, if her son could see it, he would be ‘very unpleased.’ 

After a night during which protests devolved into unrest, Gov. Evers had called for calm Tuesday saying: ‘We cannot allow the cycle of systemic racism and injustice to continue.’

‘We also cannot continue going down this path of damage and destruction.’

The night before crowds destroyed dozens of buildings and set more than 30 fires in the southeastern Wisconsin city’s downtown. 

On Monday, heavily armed residents were also seen standing guard outside buildings and local shops in case they were targeted by rioters. 

In footage shared online, a group of men were seen carrying rifles and wearing combat gear as they protect local shops. They denied they are part of a militia.     

Blake, who is a father of six, is now in a stable condition in hospital after undergoing surgery

Blake, who is a father of six, is now in a stable condition in hospital after undergoing surgery

Jacob Blake was shot in the back by Wisconsin police on Sunday as his three young sons watched on. He is now paralyzed from the waist down after his body was riddled with bullets, his father says. Blake is pictured above being treated just moments after the shooting

Jacob Blake was shot in the back by Wisconsin police on Sunday as his three young sons watched on. He is now paralyzed from the waist down after his body was riddled with bullets, his father says. Blake is pictured above being treated just moments after the shooting

Blake's mother Julia Jackson (pictured) denounced the 'violence and destruction' that has rocked the city of Kenosha in the wake of the shooting and pleaded for calm on Tuesday

Father Jacob Blake Sr (pictured) became emotional as he spoke out against his son's shooters

Blake’s mother Julia Jackson (left) denounced the ‘violence and destruction’ that has rocked the city of Kenosha in the wake of the shooting and pleaded for calm on Tuesday. His father Jacob Blake Sr (right) became emotional as he spoke out against the cops who shot his son seven times





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Dutch royal family release photos of Queen Maxima’s daughters


Thrice as nice! Dutch royal family release new portraits of Queen Maxima’s three lookalike daughters as they showcase their stylish summer frocks at Noordeinde Palace

  • Princess Amalia, 16, Princess Alexia, 15, and Princess Ariane, 13, pose in snaps 
  • King Willem-Alexander’s eldest daughter Amalia opted for a pale blue dress 
  • Princess of Orange bore a striking resemblance to her mother Queen Maxima

The Dutch royal family have released stunning new portraits of Queen Maxima’s lookalike daughters at Noordeinde Palace.

Princess Catharina-Amalia, 16, Princess Alexia, 15, and Princess Ariane, 13, posed in elegant summer frocks in the six images, taken in July.

Queen Maxima and King Willem-Alexander’s eldest daughter Amalia opted for a pale blue belted dress, teamed with delicate gold necklaces.

The Dutch royal family have released stunning new portraits of Queen Maxima's lookalike daughters at Noordeinde Palace. Pictured: Princess Catharina-Amalia

The Dutch royal family have released stunning new portraits of Queen Maxima’s lookalike daughters at Noordeinde Palace. Pictured: Princess Catharina-Amalia

Princess Alexia (pictured), 15, and Princess Ariane, 13, posed in elegant summer frocks in the six images, taken in July

Queen Maxima's three daughters looked strikingly similar with their long loosely-curled hair. Pictured, Ariane

Princess Alexia (pictured left), 15, and Princess Ariane (pictured right), 13, posed in elegant summer frocks in the six images, taken in July

The Princess of Orange, who will one day become the Queen of the Netherlands, bore a striking resemblance to her mother, with the pair sharing the same long blonde locks.

Her sister Alexia appeared just as stylish in a white, long-sleeved gown featuring bronze button detailing, which she paired with plenty of vibrant bracelets and necklaces.

Matching her sibling, Princess Ariane sported a white summer dress with pretty puff detail on the arms. 

Queen Maxima and King Willem-Alexander's eldest daughter Catharina-Amalia opted for a pale blue belted dress, teamed with delicate gold necklaces (pictured)

Queen Maxima and King Willem-Alexander’s eldest daughter Catharina-Amalia opted for a pale blue belted dress, teamed with delicate gold necklaces (pictured)

Princess Ariane sported a white summer dress with pretty puff detail on the arms (pictured)

Princess Ariane sported a white summer dress with pretty puff detail on the arms (pictured)

Her sister Alexia appeared just as stylish in a white, long-sleeved gown featuring bronze button detailing, which she paired with plenty of vibrant bracelets and necklaces (pictured)

Her sister Alexia appeared just as stylish in a white, long-sleeved gown featuring bronze button detailing, which she paired with plenty of vibrant bracelets and necklaces (pictured)

Queen Maxima’s three daughters looked strikingly similar with their long loosely-curled hair.

Three of the six images were posted on the royal family’s Instagram account, showing the sisters standing in one of the palace’s lavish rooms.

The caption read: ‘Today, new photos of Princesses Amalia, Alexia and Ariane have been posted on the Royal Household website. The photos were taken in July in Noordeinde Palace.’

It comes following Queen Maxima and King Willem-Alexander’s public apology after failing to practice social distancing while posing for a photo with a restaurant worker during their Greek holiday.

It comes following Queen Maxima and King Willem-Alexander's public apology after failing to practice social distancing while posing for a photo (pictured) with a restaurant worker during their Greek holiday

It comes following Queen Maxima and King Willem-Alexander’s public apology after failing to practice social distancing while posing for a photo (pictured) with a restaurant worker during their Greek holiday

The Dutch royals took to Twitter (above) to apologise for not practicing the 1.5 metres apart guideline imposed by The Netherlands, in addition to not wearing face masks

The Dutch royals took to Twitter (above) to apologise for not practicing the 1.5 metres apart guideline imposed by The Netherlands, in addition to not wearing face masks

The Dutch couple who visited the Greek island of Milos with their daughters this summer were criticised for not practising guidelines to prevent the spread of coronavirus during their trip.

A photo uploaded on social media shows Queen Maxima and King Willem-Alexander posing alongside an unidentified restaurant employee, less than one metre apart.  

They took to Twitter to apologise for not practicing the 1.5 metres apart guideline imposed by The Netherlands, in addition to not wearing face masks.





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Four American troops wounded after Russian forces RAMMED their vehicle in Northern Syria 


BREAKING NEWS: Four American troops are wounded when Russian forces deliberately RAM their armored vehicle in eastern Syria during high-speed confrontation

Four U.S. troops were injured after a Russian military vehicle deliberately rammed the vehicle they were driving following a tense high-speed confrontation in Northern Syria.

The U.S. service members have been diagnosed with mild concussion-like symptoms, Politico reported, citing a draft statement by U.S. Central Command.

Video tweeted of the incident bearing Russian markings shows the drama that resulted in the apparent ramming.

In it, a Russian helicopter can be seen overhead while military vehicles bearing U.S. and Russian flags circle.

A military scholar who reposted the video said U.S. forces appear to be blocking the path of a Russian patrol in an open field.

High-speed confrontation: This is the moment before the Russian vehicle from which the video footage came hits the U.S. armored vehicle as the two patrols move fast across a field in northern Syria with a Russian military helicopter flying low overhead

High-speed confrontation: This is the moment before the Russian vehicle from which the video footage came hits the U.S. armored vehicle as the two patrols move fast across a field in northern Syria with a Russian military helicopter flying low overhead

Rammed: The Russian video captures the moment the Kremlin's armored vehicle hits its U.S. equivalent. Four AMerican troops were injured, with minor concussions

Rammed: The Russian video captures the moment the Kremlin’s armored vehicle hits its U.S. equivalent. Four AMerican troops were injured, with minor concussions

Russian presence: One still from the video shows how the Russian armored vehicle which rammed the American troop-carrier was not alone - at the right is another armored Russian vehicle

Russian presence: One still from the video shows how the Russian armored vehicle which rammed the American troop-carrier was not alone – at the right is another armored Russian vehicle

A U.S. and Russian vehicle then collide.

The U.S. has several hundred troops in Syria, following a pullout President Trump announced. The U.S. has supported Syrian Democratic Force in the conflict, while Russia has backed the government of President Bashar al-Assad. 

The clash on the ground comes after U.S. and Russian diplomats have taken steps to avoid accidental military engagements between the two nuclear powers.

The two sides negotiated in 2015 under the Obama administration over rules for the skies as both sides exercised air power in the civil war.

The two sides have continued to maintain communication in an effort to avoid confrontations between the two superpowers.

Other videos appear to show a Russian helicopter hovering over U.S. forces in an attempt to make them disperse.

The U.S. vehicle in the encounter appears to be an MRAP, Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected, which is designed to provide protection against roadside bombs.

President Trump announced a pullout from northern Syria in 2019, but faced blowback from critics who said he was ceding the ground to Assad and yielding to Russian influence in the region.

High stakes: The revelation that Russian forces rammed an American patrol vehicle and left four troops injured comes after warnings Vladimir Putin was paying bounties to the Taliban for killing U.S. troops in Afghanistan, which Donald Trump said he was never briefed on

High stakes: The revelation that Russian forces rammed an American patrol vehicle and left four troops injured comes after warnings Vladimir Putin was paying bounties to the Taliban for killing U.S. troops in Afghanistan, which Donald Trump said he was never briefed on

High stakes: The revelation that Russian forces rammed an American patrol vehicle and left four troops injured comes after warnings Vladimir Putin was paying bounties to the Taliban for killing U.S. troops in Afghanistan, which Donald Trump said he was never briefed on

The video, which allegedly occurred on Monday according to footage, emerged on the third day of the Republican National Convention.

It comes weeks after Trump faced political blowback after reports that the U.S. received intelligence that Russia was paying bounties to forces in Afghanistan for killing U.S. troops.

The White House said Trump was never briefed verbally on specific intelligence because it was not fully vetted, although the New York Times reported it was included in his daily intelligence brief.

Trump said late last month that he has never raised the issue of Russian bounties with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned his Russian counterpart against paying bounties for killing U.S. troops, the Times reported August 7 in what appears to be the first U.S. rebuke since the information emerged. 





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China ‘fires two missiles into South China Sea to warn the US’


China has launched two missiles on Wednesday morning into the South China Sea, flexing its muscle and sending a clear warning to the US, a report claims.

The missiles, including an ‘aircraft-carrier killer’, were fired in a bid to improve China’s ability to deny other forces access to the disputed sea region, a source close to Chinese military told South China Morning Post.

The reported missile launches came a day after Beijing accused Washington of sending a US Air Force U-2 spy plane into a no-fly zone imposed during live-fire military exercises in northern China.

China has launched two missiles on Wednesday morning into the South China Sea, sending a clear warning to the US, a report says. In this file photo, Chinese missile frigate Yuncheng launches an anti-ship missile during a military exercise in south China on July 8, 2016

China has launched two missiles on Wednesday morning into the South China Sea, sending a clear warning to the US, a report says. In this file photo, Chinese missile frigate Yuncheng launches an anti-ship missile during a military exercise in south China on July 8, 2016

One of the missiles is said to be a DF-26, which has a range of 4,000 kilometres (2,485 miles) and can be used in nuclear or conventional strikes against ground and naval targets. The file photo shows 'DF-26' being driven past the Tiananmen Square on September 3, 2015 in Beijing

One of the missiles is said to be a DF-26, which has a range of 4,000 kilometres (2,485 miles) and can be used in nuclear or conventional strikes against ground and naval targets. The file photo shows ‘DF-26’ being driven past the Tiananmen Square on September 3, 2015 in Beijing

One of the missiles is said to be a DF-26, which has a range of 4,000 kilometres (2,485 miles) and can be used in nuclear or conventional strikes against ground and naval targets.

The other one, a DF-21, has an estimated range of around 1,800 kilometres (1,118 miles). The most advanced model in the series, DF-21D, is described by Chinese state media as the world’s first anti-ship ballistic missile.

Both were fired into an area between Hainan province and the Paracel Islands, according to South China Morning Post.

‘This is China’s response to the potential risks brought by the increasingly frequent incoming US warplanes and military vessels in the South China Sea,’ the source said to the Hong Kong-based newspaper.

‘China doesn’t want the neighbouring countries to misunderstand Beijing’s goals.’

Song Zhongping, a Hong Kong-based military commentator, claimed that the missile launches were clearly aimed to send a signal to the US.

The missiles, including an 'aircraft-carrier killer', were fired in a bid to improve China's ability to deny other forces access to the disputed sea region, Military vehicles carrying DF-26 ballistic missiles participate in a military parade at Tiananmen Square on September 3, 2015

The missiles, including an ‘aircraft-carrier killer’, were fired in a bid to improve China’s ability to deny other forces access to the disputed sea region, Military vehicles carrying DF-26 ballistic missiles participate in a military parade at Tiananmen Square on September 3, 2015

‘The US continues to test China’s bottom line in Taiwan and South China Sea issues, and this pushed China to showcase its military strength to let Washington know that even US aircraft carriers cannot flex their full muscle near China’s coast,’ Song said.

The news comes as China is protesting the alleged incursion of an American spy plane into a no-fly zone in the country’s north.

In a statement issued late Tuesday, the Ministry of National Defense said the action had ‘seriously interfered in normal exercise activities’ and ‘severely incurred the risk of misjudgement and even of bringing about an unintended air-sea incident.’

‘This was a naked act of provocation,’ the ministry said, quoting spokesperson Wu Qian. China has lodged a stern protest and demanded the US cease such actions, Wu said.

The statement did not give details on the time and place of the drills, but the information matches the exercises that started Monday and would run through September 30 over the Bohai Gulf east of Beijing, according to the Maritime Safety Administration.

Taiwan has complained that China has stepped up threatening military activities in recent months near the island which Beijing considers its own. The file picture taken in April 2018 shows China's sole operational aircraft carrier, the Liaoning (front), during a drill at sea

Taiwan has complained that China has stepped up threatening military activities in recent months near the island which Beijing considers its own. The file picture taken in April 2018 shows China’s sole operational aircraft carrier, the Liaoning (front), during a drill at sea

Relations between the US and China have sunk to their lowest in decades amid disputes over myriad issues including trade, technology, Taiwan and the South China Sea.  Pictured, military vehicles carrying the DF-17 missiles roll past Tiananmen Square in Beijing on October 1, 2019

Relations between the US and China have sunk to their lowest in decades amid disputes over myriad issues including trade, technology, Taiwan and the South China Sea.  Pictured, military vehicles carrying the DF-17 missiles roll past Tiananmen Square in Beijing on October 1, 2019

Relations between the US and China have sunk to their lowest in decades amid disputes over myriad issues including trade, technology, Taiwan and the South China Sea.

The high-altitude U-2 reconnaissance planes were flown over China, the former Soviet Union and other countries in the Communist bloc during the Cold War and upgraded versions continue to support US missions.

China is also holding naval drills in the South China Sea, which it claims virtually in its entirety but over which five other governments also exercise claims. 

China objects to all US military activity in and over the strategic waterway, especially ‘freedom of navigation operations’ during which US Navy ships sail near to Chinese-held islands.

This photo released by US Navy shows the Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52) conducting underway operations on April 28 in the South China Sea

This photo released by US Navy shows the Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52) conducting underway operations on April 28 in the South China Sea

Another naval exercise is planned from Thursday to Sunday in the East China Sea despite warnings issued over Typhoon Bavi, which is affecting the Korean Peninsula.

The defense ministry earlier this month said combat exercises were held in the Taiwan Strait and surrounding waters that were a ‘necessary move responding to the current security situation in the Taiwan Strait and were meant to safeguard national sovereignty.’

China claims Taiwan is its territory and threatens to use military force to bring under its control the island that is a self-governing democracy and close US ally. 

Washington and Taipei have increased military and governmental contacts in recent years and this month, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar became the highest-ranking US official to visit Taiwan, prompting a Chinese protest.

The eastern command of the People’s Liberation Army will ‘stay on high alert and take all necessary measures to fight against provocations and protect national sovereignty and territorial integrity,’ the ministry quoted command spokesperson, Senior Col. Zhang Chunhui, as saying.



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Iran to allow UN nuclear inspectors to access two suspect sites


Iran agrees to allow UN nuclear inspectors to access two suspect sites – despite ‘extensive sanitization and levelling’ by Tehran rendering any such investigation useless

  • International Atomic Energy Agency said Tehran voluntarily giving access
  • UN-backed agency said it was looking at two unnamed locations in Iran
  • But in a June report, IAEA said that three sites – not two – had undergone ‘extensive sanitization and levelling’, meaning investigation was useless
  • President Hassan Rouhani heralded today’s ‘good agreement’ with the IAEA

Iran today reached an agreement for the UN nuclear watchdog to examine two sites in the country suspected of harbouring undeclared nuclear matter.

The International Atomic Energy Agency said Tehran was ‘voluntarily providing the IAEA with access to the two locations specified by the IAEA and facilitating the IAEA verification activities to resolve the issues.’ 

But in the IAEA’s report from June, the agency had referred to three sites rather than two and described how demolition and cleansing of the facilities had rendered any such investigation useless. 

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who on Wednesday met with the IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi, said the visit had produced a ‘good agreement that can help for moving on a correct and proper path and achieve the final resolution of problems.’

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (right) meeting with Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Mariano Grossi in Tehran on Wednesday

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (right) meeting with Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Mariano Grossi in Tehran on Wednesday

The Iranian president meeting with the boss of the IAEA - both parties agreed to end a months-long impasse, though the immediate effects of their agreement appear pointless

The Iranian president meeting with the boss of the IAEA – both parties agreed to end a months-long impasse, though the immediate effects of their agreement appear pointless

The inspections, though in effect pointless, would resolve a months-long impasse between Iran and the IAEA. 

Iran had been resisting providing access to the two sites, which are thought to be from the early 2000s, before it signed the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, maintaining the IAEA had no legal basis to visit them.

The head of Iran’s nuclear agency, Ali Akbar Salehi, confirmed that Iran had agreed to the inspections, saying ‘this will bring the case to an end.’

‘We are loyal to conventions and our commitments,’ he said, adding that he hoped the agreement would open a new chapter between Iran and the IAEA based upon ‘good intentions and mutual acceptance.’ 

As the U.S. and others continue to put more pressure on Iran, Rouhani urged the IAEA to continue its ‘independence, impartiality and professionalism.’

Grossi told IAEA board members in March that it had ‘identified a number of questions related to possible undeclared nuclear material and nuclear-related activities at three locations that have not been declared by Iran’ and had been pressing for access.

In its report in June, the agency said it had determined that one site had undergone ‘extensive sanitization and leveling’ in 2003 and 2004 and there would be no verification value in inspecting it.

Rouhani and other officials inspect nuclear technology last year in Tehran

Rouhani and other officials inspect nuclear technology last year in Tehran

It said Iran has blocked access to the other two locations, one of which was partially demolished in 2004 and the other at which the agency observed activities ‘consistent with efforts to sanitize’ the facility from July 2019 onward.

At the same time, it emphasised that Iran had been fully providing access to sites agreed upon in the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, with the U.S., Russia, China, Germany, France and Britain.

The nuclear deal promised Iran economic incentives in return for the curbs on its nuclear program.

President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the deal unilaterally in 2018, saying it needed to be renegotiated.

Since then, Iran has since slowly violated the restrictions to try and pressure the remaining nations to increase the incentives to offset new, economy-crippling U.S. sanctions.

The ultimate goal of the deal is to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear bomb. Since the U.S. withdrawal, Iran has stockpiled enough uranium to produce a weapon, although the government in Tehran insists it has no such goal and that its atomic program is only for producing energy.

The other members of the accord have been struggling to keep the deal alive saying, among other things, that even though Iran has violated many parts of the deal, the ability for inspectors to continue to visit its nuclear sites is critical.

What is the Iran nuclear deal? 

The deal, signed in 2015 was an agreement between Iran and the U.S., UK, France, China, Russia and Germany that it would limit its nuclear activities and allow independent inspectors. 

Known officially as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, it would see the lifting of crippling economic sanctions if Iran stuck to the imposed limits. 

President Barack Obama said the JCPOA would prevent Iran from quickly creating a nuclear bomb

President Barack Obama said the JCPOA would prevent Iran from quickly creating a nuclear bomb

What were the key commitments in the deal? 

  • The reduction of Iran’s uranium stockpile by 98 per cent to 660lbs (300kg), which could not be exceeded until 2031. The stockpile’s enrichment had to stay at 3.67 per cent, meaning that while fuel for nuclear power plans could be produced, Iran could not produce ‘weapons-grade uranium’, which is 90 per cent enriched.
  • Iran had two nuclear facilities – Natanz and Fordo – in which there were almost 20,000 centrifuges. Under the deal, it was limited to installing no more than 5,060 of the least efficient and oldest at Natanz until 2026. This was ten years after the ‘implementation day’ in January 2016. By January 2016, Iran had drastically reduced the number of centrifuges at Natanz and Fordo, with tonnes of low grade Uranium sent to Russia.
  •  The country’s ability to build weapons using plutonium was also removed by the redesign of the only reactor which could have carried out the process. 
  •  Iran would not be able to build any further heavy-water reactors, meaning that it 
  • The International Atomic Energy Agency was granted regular access to all Iranian nuclear facilities to ensure that Iran kept to its side of the arrangement.   

What did Iran get in return? 

Sanctions which had been imposed as a result of Iran’s continual enrichment of uranium had cost the country more than £118bilion ($160billion) in oil revenue from 2012-2016.

So under the deal, $100billion of assets which were frozen overseas were made available and Iran could sell oil legally on international markets once more. 

What went wrong?

President Trump abandoned the deal in May 2018 and in November the same year he reinstated sanctions on Iran.

This led to another downturn in Iran’s economy, sending the value of its currency plummeting. 

Its annual inflation quadrupled, foreign investors were deterred, and domestic protests became more forceful and frequent. 

Finally, in May of this year, Iran suspended its commitments under the agreement, despite the attempts by the UK, Germany and France to keep it alive.  

What has happened since? 

 UN sanctions have not yet been re-imposed but the IAEA said Iran has already increased its production of enriched uranium, although it is unclear by how much. 

If it is confirmed that Iran has violated any aspect of the deal, the sanctions are set to return for the next ten years. 



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US Election 2020: Biden ahead of Trump in battleground states


Joe Biden stays ahead of Donald Trump in five of six battleground states after DNC in new poll – but president’s approval rating goes up and coronavirus concern goes down

Democrat Joe Biden is ahead in five of six key swing states after last week’s Democratic National Convention, but new polling also finds that President Donald Trump’s approval has bumped up. 

A survey from CNBC/Change Research has Biden head of Trump in Pennsylvania – where Biden was born – Arizona, Florida, Michigan and Wisconsin. 

The two White House rivals are essentially tied – Biden with 48 per cent, Trump with 47 per cent – in North Carolina, where the Republican National Convention was scheduled to be.  

Democratic nominee Joe Biden

President Donald Trump

New polling shows Democratic nominee Joe Biden (left) ahead of President Donald Trump (right) in five of six key swing states

Joe Biden is ahead of President Donald Trump in Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, while North Carolina is essentially a tie due to the survey's 1.4 per cent margin of error

Joe Biden is ahead of President Donald Trump in Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, while North Carolina is essentially a tie due to the survey’s 1.4 per cent margin of error 

Instead the GOP only held festivities in Charlotte on Monday and most convention speakers have delivered addresses from Washington, D.C., instead, due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

New polling found that swing state voters are still seriously concerned about the pandemic, but that metric is going down.  

Sixty-nine per cent of likely voters from these six key states said two weeks ago they had serious concerns about the coronavirus. 

Now that number stands at 66 per cent. 

Additionally, two weeks ago 49 per cent of swing state voters said they had ‘very serious’ concerns about the coronavirus. 

That share has decreased to 45 per cent.  

Meanwhile, Trump’s approval rating is moving back up. 

In the last two weeks the president has bumped up from 46 per cent approval to 48 per cent approval. 

His disapproval rating moved from 54 per cent who disapproved to 52 per cent.  

Pollsters interviewed 4,904 people across the six states from Friday – the day after Biden’s DNC speech – until Sunday, the day before the RNC kicked off. 

The polls have a plus or minus 1.4 per cent margin of error.   

About seven in 10 polled gave Biden high marks for his Thursday night Democratic nomination acceptance speech delivered from his adopted hometown of Wilmington, Delaware.   



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Melania Trump ‘complained Ivanka didn’t show her respect’


Melania Trump grumbled to her close friend that Ivanka didn’t show her respect as First Lady, was constantly trying to steal the spotlight and behaved like she was starring on The Apprentice again, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal.

Melania’s former friend and staffer Stephanie Winston Wolkoff is set to release her book Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady next Tuesday.   

It was revealed on Monday by media reporter Yashar Ali that Wolkoff has tapes of Melania making disparaging remarks about Donald Trump and his children.

A source connected to the book has revealed to DailyMail.com that the 50-year-old’s particular gripe was with Ivanka, explaining Melania’s issues with her eldest step daughter kicked off when Trump was elected President.

The insider said: ‘Melania complained that Ivanka was always competing with her for his attention, as if she knew better and was more capable of being the First Lady.

‘Melania spoke out against Ivanka’s incessant need to involve herself in just about everything in the White House, even if it didn’t concern her. She would always find some way to meddle, someway to make her point be heard.’

Melania Trump grumbled to her close friend that Ivanka didn¿t show her respect as First Lady, was constantly trying to steal the spotlight and behaved like she was starring on The Apprentice again, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal

Melania Trump grumbled to her close friend that Ivanka didn’t show her respect as First Lady, was constantly trying to steal the spotlight and behaved like she was starring on The Apprentice again, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal

A source connected to an upcoming book told DailyMail.com: 'Melania said Ivanka has not shown her the respect a First Lady deserves and is constantly trying to steal the spotlight by overstepping her boundaries and behaving like her father¿s most trusted confidant a la The Apprentice.' Pictured: Ivanka and her father Donald Trump on The Apprentice in 2007

A source connected to an upcoming book told DailyMail.com: ‘Melania said Ivanka has not shown her the respect a First Lady deserves and is constantly trying to steal the spotlight by overstepping her boundaries and behaving like her father’s most trusted confidant a la The Apprentice.’ Pictured: Ivanka and her father Donald Trump on The Apprentice in 2007

Melania's former friend and staffer Stephanie Winston Wolkoff (pictured together) is set to release her book Melania and Me on Tuesday. It was revealed on Monday she has tapes of the First Lady making disparaging remarks about the Trump and his children, particularly Ivanka

Melania’s former friend and staffer Stephanie Winston Wolkoff (pictured together) is set to release her book Melania and Me on Tuesday. It was revealed on Monday she has tapes of the First Lady making disparaging remarks about the Trump and his children, particularly Ivanka 

Melania and her relationship with Ivanka has long been reported as tense. Previous reports claim Melania had been heard referring to Ivanka as ‘The Princess’, while a younger Ivanka called her step mother ‘The Portrait’ because she rarely spoke. 

However, this will be the first time the extent of the frostiness between the two will be laid bare in perhaps Melania’s own words. 

The source added to DailyMail.com: ‘There’s no warmth between those two.’

The crux of the issue is that Melania feels that Ivanka has ‘overstepped’ her boundaries in her role at the White House. 

When Trump took office in January 2017, Ivanka moved with her husband Jared Kushner to Washington D.C. She was named as Senior Advisor to the President – an unusual position for a child of the President’s.

Stephanie Winston Wolkoff's book 'Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady' will be released on September 1

Stephanie Winston Wolkoff’s book ‘Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady’ will be released on September 1

Ivanka has drawn criticism several times for being at her father’s side at important political meetings and trips, such as the G20 summit in 2019.  

The source said: ‘Melania said Ivanka has not shown her the respect a First Lady deserves and is constantly trying to steal the spotlight by overstepping her boundaries and behaving like her father’s most trusted confidant a la The Apprentice.

‘Behind Ivanka’s back, Melania would often grumble to her inner circle that there’s only one First Lady and that her husband was the person elected, not his entire family, referring to his kids.’

In response to the initial reports that Wolkoff’s book included details that Melania trashed the Trump children, Melania’s closet aide Stephanie Grisham said she’s never heard her make such remarks.

‘No. I’ve never heard Mrs. Trump say anything disparaging about the family,’ Grisham, who serves as the first lady’s chief of staff, said on Tuesday.

She added: ‘They’re a close-knit family. She’s talked about them many times publicly.

‘I’ve heard a little bit about this book. I don’t know much about it. It sounds like it’s just another one of those books that unfortunately people are writing.’

Grisham also noted if Melania was recorded without her knowledge it was ‘unfortunate’ that she would be taken advantage of by a friend.

‘If there were any recordings taken it’s really unfortunate to take advantage of somebody’s trust like that while being a friend, but I don’t know much about the book. We’re focused on the work we’re doing,’ she said.

Melania and her relationship with her elder step daughter has long been reported as tense, but this will be the first time the extent of the frostiness will be laid bare in perhaps Melania¿s own words. Pictured: Melania addressing the Republican National Convention on Tuesday night

Melania and her relationship with her elder step daughter has long been reported as tense, but this will be the first time the extent of the frostiness will be laid bare in perhaps Melania’s own words. Pictured: Melania addressing the Republican National Convention on Tuesday night

The insider said: ¿Melania complained that Ivanka was always competing with her for his attention, as if she knew better and was more capable of being the First Lady.' Pictured: Ivanka, Melania and President Trump with Pope Francis in 2017

The insider said: ‘Melania complained that Ivanka was always competing with her for his attention, as if she knew better and was more capable of being the First Lady.’ Pictured: Ivanka, Melania and President Trump with Pope Francis in 2017

Wolkoff, the former director of special events at Vogue who headed nine Met galas, met Melania Knauss in 2003 and ‘had a front row seat to the transformation of Donald Trump’s then girlfriend from a rough-cut gem to a precious diamond,’ the book’s description reads.

Wolkoff served as an informal, unpaid adviser to Melania in the East Wing of the White House until February 2018 when she left the position amid controversy.

She was in the news at the time after reports showed that her firm, WIS Media Partners, received a $26 million payment for its work on the inaugural, with her personal take home was reported to be $1.62 million although later reports showed she received about $500,000 personally while the rest went to other producers working on the event.

Melania dismissed her from the East Wing with an email.

‘I am sorry that the professional part of our relationship has come to an end, but I am comforted in the fact that our [friendship] far outweigh[s] politics,’ the first lady wrote. ‘Thank you Again! Much love.’

But the source told DailyMail.com that their friendship did not survive, explaining: ‘Melania doesn’t really have any close friends who have her best interests at heart.’

‘Stephanie was one of those types of friends. When others backed off, she offered her undivided attention and support to Melania.

‘Unfortunately this type of loyalty and trust was not reciprocated and in the end Stephanie was made the scapegoat.

‘This is a person who risked everything, her friends, her reputation, her career to do good by Melania. She always had her back professionally and personally.

‘Stephanie’s integrity and work ethic speaks for itself. She’s not looking to make a buck off her book. This isn’t about money, it’s about exposing the truth.’

The book will address some of the most controversial and infamous moments involving Melania Trump, including Stormy Daniels' claim she had an affair with Trump, which he has denied, and that infamous jacket she wore: 'I really don¿t care, do u?' (pictured in 2018)

The book will address some of the most controversial and infamous moments involving Melania Trump, including Stormy Daniels’ claim she had an affair with Trump, which he has denied, and that infamous jacket she wore: ‘I really don’t care, do u?’ (pictured in 2018)

The book will address some of the most controversial and infamous moments involving Melania Trump, including Stormy Daniels’ claim she had an affair with Trump, which he has denied, and that infamous jacket she wore: ‘I really don’t care, do u?’

The pre-order blurb for the book hints at a string of revelations.

‘How did Melania react to the Access Hollywood tape and her husband’s affair with Stormy Daniels? Does she get along well with Ivanka? Why did she wear that jacket with ‘I really don’t care, do u?’ printed on the back? Is Melania happy being First Lady? And what really happened with the inauguration’s funding of $107 million? Wolkoff has some ideas,’ the description says.

‘What Melania wants, Melania gets’ – reads the tagline in the book’s description on Amazon.com.

Wolkoff’s book is the latest in a spate of books about President Donald Trump, the first lady and the administration, following a tell-all by Mary Trump, the president’s niece, and from former National Security Adviser John Bolton.

It’s also the second book about the notoriously private first lady to come out this fall. Mary Jordan’s ‘The Art of Her Deal’ provided an in-depth biography of Melania and included details about how she renegotiated her prenup after Donald Trump won the 2016 election, addressed the plastic surgery rumors, and detailed Melania’s relationship with Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump’s eldest daughter.



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