Friday, June 19, 2020

the last book I ever read (The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump, excerpt one)

from The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump by Mary Jordan:

The Trump family works together and sometimes vacations together, but they are used to having their own space and a lot of it. Ivanka, her husband, Jared, and tehir three children have their own separate mansion at Bedminster, Trump’s private golf club on over five hundred acres in New Jersey. Donald and Melania aren’t known for inviting their grandkids to cuddle with them in bed in the morning, as George H. W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, famously used to do with their grandchildren. In fact, no matter which of his properties he is visiting, Trump sleeps in a separate bedroom that has been decorated to his taste—he favors darker colroed walls and rugs, while Melania likes whites and light colors. Trump typically wakes around 5:00 a.m., well before Melania, and turns on his televisions.

But that night at Blair House, there were eight grandchildren, including Ivanka’s ten-month-old son, Theodore, as well as nannies and in-laws. And despite the fourteen bedrooms, it seemed to some of the Trumps that they were in close quarters in a tight space. Before arriving at Blair House, the family had been briefed on all the famous people who had slept at Blair, from Abraham Lincoln to Winston Churchill, and had been given the schedule for their minute-by-minute movements the next day. The excitement was palpable. Some of the Trumps barely slept, and others rose before dawn. Trump himself started the day in a foul mood, “really out of sorts,” as one of his group described it. Another said he felt “trapped,” cooped up with too many family members “all under the same roof.” He was antsy and wanted to go out, but the Secret Service insisted that he stay put.

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