Donald Trump's (strange, at best) relationship with daughter Ivanka has been called into question over the years — particularly a comment he made about "perhaps" dating her if she wasn’t his daughter. And now, a new essay shines light on the president's apparent fixation on his daughter's appearance from an early age.
Lysandra Ohrstrom, Ivanka's former childhood best friend, wrote an for Vanity Fair published Tuesday that gives details on everything from Ivanka's various forms of rebellion as a child (taking the subway downtown and dyed her hair) to her conduct among classmates (she once allegedly "blamed a fart on an insecure classmate").
Among the details was an interaction Ohrstrom recalled having with Donald Trump, who she met when she and Ivanka had stopped by Trump Tower so Ivanka could borrow her dad's credit card to go shopping.
Donald Trump, she said, "would barely acknowledge me except to ask if Ivanka was the prettiest or the most popular girl in our grade."
"Before I learned that the Trumps have no sense of humor about themselves, I remember answering honestly that she was probably in the top five," Ohrstrom wrote. "'Who’s prettier than Ivanka?' I recall him asking once with genuine confusion, before correctly naming the two girls I’d had in mind. He described one as a young Cindy Crawford, while the other he said had a great figure."
Ohrstrom wrote that the interaction happened after she and Ivanka had begun hanging out occasionally, following an invite she'd gotten to Ivanka's 13th birthday party in Atlantic City.
Given Trump's record of comments about his daughter, this tidbit perhaps isn't all too surprising. During the 1997 Miss Teen USA pageant, while watching Ivanka host the event, he reportedly asked the then-Miss Universe, "Don’t you think my daughter’s hot? She’s hot, right?"
Ohrstrom also recalled that while Trump never remembered her name, despite her regular hangouts with his daughter, "he seemed to have a photographic memory for changes in my body."
"I’ll never forget the time Ivanka and I were having lunch with her brothers at Mar-a-Lago one day, and while Mr. Trump was saying hi, Don Jr. swiped half a grilled cheese sandwich off my plate," she wrote. "Ivanka scolded him, but Mr. Trump chimed in, 'Don’t worry. She doesn’t need it. He’s doing her a favor.' Conversely, he’d usually congratulate me if I’d lost weight."
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