Ivanka Trump Snub: Melania 'scoffs' at POTUS' daughter becoming president – 'No thank you'

The daughter of US President Donald Trump was subjected to a cold dismissal from the First Lady, according to Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, former adviser to Mrs Trump. In her book Melania & Me, Ms Wolkoff details how Mrs Trump felt about Ivanka, and also about her role in the White House. The Trump daughter has been touted as a potential candidate to become the first female president by pundits and members of the Republican Party.

In the book, Ms Wolkoff claimed the First Lady and Ms Trump were involved in a tense interaction.

A source connected to the book told the Daily Mail Mrs Trump scoffed at the idea of the Trump daughter becoming President.

They said: “Melania would roll her eyes whenever she heard Ivanka ramble on about her grand plan on becoming America’s first female president with Jared by her side.

“Jared would ultimately chime in with, ‘She’s got what it takes, she’s a born leader, the people love her, look at her’ and Melania would mumble no thank you.”

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Ivanka is not the only Trump child who has ambitions of becoming President, as Donald Trump Jr has also expressed his desire to follow in his father’s footsteps.

The source added: “Meanwhile, Melania had to deal with Don Jr.’s conviction that he too would follow in his dad’s footsteps in becoming Commander in Chief.

“Melania would discretely shake her head in disgust over these two running around the White House saying ”look at me, look at me” and acting like they were the ones in charge.

“While Melania strived for peace and order in her new home, she compared the White House to an out-of-control circus thanks to its self-appointed co-ringleaders Ivanka and Don Jr.”

Ms Wolkoff also recently claimed in an interview with Channel 9 Australia the President is prepping his daughter to take over.

She claimed the family are trying to “fleece the nation” by keeping Trump’s in power.

The former adviser added: “The fact that he’s literally getting Ivanka ready to become a President and already putting that in people’s minds is just insane.”

The former adviser added Mrs Trump “has succumbed” to the Trump daughter’s ability “to squash her as the First Lady” in a bid “to affect change”.

Mr Trump has touted his daughter in public, saying she would be a better president than Democrat vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris.

Responding to the crowd chanting for his daughter, he said: “They’re all saying, ‘We want Ivanka’. I don’t blame you.”

Ivana Trump, Ivanka’s mother, has also predicted her daughter will “definitely” be the first female president in history.

She added in an interview with ITV’s Loose Women: “I think she could be one day the first girl, or woman, president. Definitely.

“She’s smart as hell. She’s beautiful. She’s au courant. And how much more can you have?”



Ivanka Trump Snub: Melania 'scoffs' at POTUS' daughter becoming president – 'No thank you'

The daughter of US President Donald Trump was subjected to a cold dismissal from the First Lady, according to Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, former adviser to Mrs Trump. In her book Melania & Me, Ms Wolkoff details how Mrs Trump felt about Ivanka, and also about her role in the White House. The Trump daughter has been touted as a potential candidate to become the first female president by pundits and members of the Republican Party.

In the book, Ms Wolkoff claimed the First Lady and Ms Trump were involved in a tense interaction.

A source connected to the book told the Daily Mail Mrs Trump scoffed at the idea of the Trump daughter becoming President.

They said: “Melania would roll her eyes whenever she heard Ivanka ramble on about her grand plan on becoming America’s first female president with Jared by her side.

“Jared would ultimately chime in with, ‘She’s got what it takes, she’s a born leader, the people love her, look at her’ and Melania would mumble no thank you.”

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Ivanka is not the only Trump child who has ambitions of becoming President, as Donald Trump Jr has also expressed his desire to follow in his father’s footsteps.

The source added: “Meanwhile, Melania had to deal with Don Jr.’s conviction that he too would follow in his dad’s footsteps in becoming Commander in Chief.

“Melania would discretely shake her head in disgust over these two running around the White House saying ”look at me, look at me” and acting like they were the ones in charge.

“While Melania strived for peace and order in her new home, she compared the White House to an out-of-control circus thanks to its self-appointed co-ringleaders Ivanka and Don Jr.”

Ms Wolkoff also recently claimed in an interview with Channel 9 Australia the President is prepping his daughter to take over.

She claimed the family are trying to “fleece the nation” by keeping Trump’s in power.

The former adviser added: “The fact that he’s literally getting Ivanka ready to become a President and already putting that in people’s minds is just insane.”

The former adviser added Mrs Trump “has succumbed” to the Trump daughter’s ability “to squash her as the First Lady” in a bid “to affect change”.

Mr Trump has touted his daughter in public, saying she would be a better president than Democrat vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris.

Responding to the crowd chanting for his daughter, he said: “They’re all saying, ‘We want Ivanka’. I don’t blame you.”

Ivana Trump, Ivanka’s mother, has also predicted her daughter will “definitely” be the first female president in history.

She added in an interview with ITV’s Loose Women: “I think she could be one day the first girl, or woman, president. Definitely.

“She’s smart as hell. She’s beautiful. She’s au courant. And how much more can you have?”



Barnier WANTED Britain to leave EU all along, claims ex-MEP – 'No accident!'

And Hans-Olaf Henkel said all sides should have realised the problems which would arise further down the track before signing the Withdrawal Agreement thrashed out late last year. With EU negotiator Mr Barnier and UK opposite number Lord David Frost trading blows on Twitter over the weekend, the prospects of a post-Brexit trade deal are currently looking bleak.

am convinced that French and other forces in Brussels actually wanted Britain to leave as it was always Britain which stood in the way of ‘more Brussels’ and ‘more Government’ and ‘The United States of Europe’

Hans-Olaf Henkel

There have even been suggestions Mr Barnier could be sidelined in favour of direct bilateral negotiations between the UK and individual member states including France and Germany.

Mr Henkel, who stepped down from the assembly last year, told Express.co.uk: “I am convinced that French and other forces in Brussels actually wanted Britain to leave as it was always Britain which stood in the way of ‘more Brussels’ and ‘more Government’ and ‘The United States of Europe’ and that Barnier, despite his public statements, would see Britain rather leave than stay.

“It is no accident that Ex-President Jean-Claude Juncker picked a French bureaucrat for this job.”

Mr Henkel added: “Michel Barnier is of course the archetypal French bureaucrat.

Michel Barnier Emmanuel Macron

Michel Barnier – and France – always wanted the UK to quit the EU, suggested Mr Henkel (Image: GETTY)

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson, the UK’s Prime Minister (Image: Parliament TV)

“That means he is highly intelligent, well educated and has perfect manners.”

Mr Barnier’s erudite approach had paid off in the early stages over the so-called sequencing issue, which split the negotiation into three sections, Mr Henkel said.

He explained: “In the beginning of the negotiations on Brexit he outsmarted the British Government (Theresa May) by insisting that before they start discussing a Trade Agreement, the EU should have an agreement on the critical issue of the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland plus a British commitment on the price of the exit.

“Because of May’s decision to call for snap elections during that time, her Government did not focus on the importance of the sequence of these three items to be negotiated.

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Michel Barnier and Lord David Frost in Brussels (Image: GETTY)

“Too late, after the election, Britain discovered that an agreement on the border issue would depend on the type of the agreement on trade – nowhere in the world can you find a border rule without knowing what kind of a customs agreement it needs to regulate.”

As a result, there was a delay of almost a year, caused an enormous amount of pressure as time began to run out.

Mr Henkel, who is also a former President of the BDI,  Germany’s industrial lobby, said: “UK Tory colleagues of mine in the ECR-Political Group agreed with me at that time that Number 10 should never have agreed to Barnier’s time table and explained it with the attention to the UK election by Theresa May’s team.

“Barnier also managed to let Britain make a commitment on the amount to be paid for the Exit Bill before the agreement on trade.

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Hans-Olaf Henkel

Hans-Olaf Henkel is a German former MEP (Image: GETTY)

Jean-Claude Juncker

Former European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s appointment of Mr Barnier was no coincidence, said Mr Henkel (Image: GETTY)

“Again, I found it strange that Britain was asked to name a price before knowing what she would get for it.

“Why did Theresa May agree to the sequence of items to be negotiated? Why were the British negotiators always so poorly prepared when they met with Barnier?

“He always showed up with a stack of folders while his British counterpart had hardly more than a sheet of paper.

“Why did Britain change their negotiators so frequently? You may want to count them. Were there three, four or five while Barnier always stayed in the same job?”

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Brexit timetable (Image: Express)

Mr Henkel declared: “From the very beginning it should have been clear that one could not have ‘no border between Northern Ireland and Ireland’ AND ‘no border between Northern Ireland an the rest of Great Britain’ at the same time.

“Consequently, the current mess is a result of this built-in contradiction.”

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson had “made a mistake” in agreeing to what Mr Henkel termed a “de-facto border between Northern Ireland and the rest of Britain”.

Mr Henkel added: “Without that commitment there would have been no agreement with EU and possibly ‘troubles’ in Ireland.

Theresa May

Theresa May had made a big mistake on the sequencing issue, said Mr Henkel (Image: GETTY)

“Now, he has made a complete U-turn and accepts a border between NI and Ireland to avoid one between NI and the rest of Britain.

“Both Britain and the EU should have known that you cannot have your cake and eat it.”

Mr Henkel concluded: “If I had a magic wand, I would vote for stopping Brexit altogether.

“It is a lose-lose-situation for Britain and the EU.

“It has one other advantage: Michel Barnier would be without a job.”



Brexit LIVE: Boris makes late-night call to rebels to save bill – 'No chance it'll pass!'

The controversial legislation will give the Government power to override the section of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement known as the Northern Ireland protocol. The Bill was comfortably passed by MPs, by 340 votes to 263 – but the next stages will not be as straightforward.

BBC Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg tweeted: “PM had a call with Tory peers tonight to try to assuage their fears about the bill.

“Bill sailed thro Commons today, but next week with amendments won’t be so easy, and Lords are gearing up for a fight – one Cabinet minister admitted there is no chance of it getting past the red benches as it stands.”

Some Tory backbenchers are deeply uncomfortable because by the admission of Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis, the Bill breaches international law.

The European Union has demanded Mr Johnson withdraws the legislation by the end of the month.

During last night’s debate, Mr Johnson told the Commons the Bill was an “insurance policy” aimed at preventing the EU from interpreting aspects of the agreement in “absurd” ways.

He added: “What we cannot tolerate now is a situation where our EU counterparts seriously believe they have the power to break up our country,” he told MPs.

“We cannot have a situation where the very boundaries of our country can be dictated to by a foreign power or international organisation.”

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7.36am update: Union warns of “chaos and confusion”

The 46-page report, dated last week, says an essential IT system used by hauliers will not be tested publicly until the end of November, one month before the UK’s transition phase with Brussels ends.

Leading union Unite warned on Monday that Britain’s ports would be plunged into “chaos and confusion” in the new year unless customs systems and lorry parks are completed.

The union said lorry drivers feared the complex computer software to deal with customs would not be ready by December 31, adding most of the planned lorry parks were still to be built.

The latest developments come as Boris Johnson’s controversial plan to override key elements of the Brexit deal he signed with Brussels cleared its first Commons hurdle despite deep misgivings by some senior Tories.

7.31am update: Government “ready for worst case scenario”

The Government has admitted it is preparing for the “reasonable worst case” scenario ahead of Brexit as a leaked report warned of queues of 7,000 lorries in Kent and significant delays to cross into the EU.

A confidential document prepared by the Border and Protocol Delivery Group, and seen by The Guardian, also predicts thousands of passengers could have to wait an additional two hours for Eurostar trains.

However, a Cabinet Office spokeswoman said in a statement the Government was using a “stretching scenario” as opposed to a prediction.

She said: “As a responsible government we continue to make extensive preparations for a wide range of scenarios, including the reasonable worst case.

“This is not a forecast or prediction of what will happen but rather a stretching scenario. It reflects a responsible government ensuring we are ready for all eventualities.”



Christian father-of-four 'sentenced to death for blasphemy' – lawyers argue 'no evidence'

Asif Pervaiz, 37, was handed the death penalty seven years after his workmate at a garment factory in Lahore claimed he had violated Pakistan’s strict blasphemy laws, which critics argue are overwhelmingly used to persecute religious minorities. Mr Pervaiz’ attorney, Saif-ul-Malook hit out at the court’s decision on Twitter, saying: “Asif Pervaiz sentenced to death by trial court at Lahore for committing blasphemy although there was no such evidence.”

William Stark, regional manager for South Asia at International Christian Concern (ICC) said the defendant could be forced to wait for years for an appeal process to be carried out.

He told Express.co.uk: “Asif’s legal team plans to appeal the death sentence, which means that his case will be heard in the Lahore High Court. That could take years.

“After that, Asif would be able to appeal the Lahore High Court’s decision to the Supreme Court. Again, that could take years.”

However, Mr Stark stressed that none of the more than 1,500 individuals accused of blasphemy since 1987 have had their lives ended by the death penalty.

He added: “It is not likely that Asif will face the death penalty any time soon given that the appeals process in Pakistan can take a long time.

“To date, no one has been executed under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws.

“However, dozens have been killed extra-judicially by mob violence following a blasphemy accusation, in the courtroom, during hearings, and even in the street after being found not guilty of committing blasphemy.”

In the past 33 years, hundreds of Christians have been accused of violating Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws.

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Police arrested several of his relatives including his mother, Naseem Akhtar.

She claimed officers told her they would kill her son when they found him if she did not assist their search.

Days later, police found him and arrested him in Sahiwal, a city 100 miles south of Lahore.

Mr Pervaiz’s family said their son had been pressured by his accuser to convert to Islam, and repeatedly refused.

The defendant claimed to have lost his mobile phone SIM card which was found by his accuser and used to send the blasphemous messages.

Blasphemy accusations in Pakistan are highly inflammatory and have the potential to spark vigilante murders and mass protests.

Mr Stark called for an end to the “abuse of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws” and said “false allegations must be rooted out and punished”.

He added: “We here at International Christian Concern are saddened by the court’s decision to sentence Asif Pervaiz to death under the blasphemy laws.

“We are especially concerned that the death sentence was made with reportedly no evidence being presented to support the blasphemy allegation against Asif.”



Coronavirus Wales: Mark Drakeford states there is 'no evidence' for rule of six outdoors

Ms Munchetty asked: “By not extending this outdoors, as has been done in England, are you not encouraging larger groups to get together?”

Mr Drakeford replied: “Well we still have a maximum of 30 people who can gather outdoors at any one time.

“We have never had evidence at all in Wales that the virus is being spread by people meeting together in the open air.

“I think the evidence on this has been very clear for a long time.

“The virus does not thrive in the outdoors and the sunlight, it does thrive indoors, in the dark and the cold.

“We are making that distinction. We still want people to be able to meet outdoors, indoors it will be six people only.”

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Barnier rages at Boris for holding his nerve on fishing in Brexit talks -'No time to lose'

The European Union’s chief negotiaton said the future relationship pact with Britain must be completed by the end of October if it is to be properly implemented. The Frenchman accused his British counterparts of not considering “compromises on fisheries”, and claimed the UK’s position had not evolved since the beginning of the talks. “We are now less than four months away from January 1, 2021,” he said.

“This is a day chosen by the UK itself for its economic and commercial Brexit, after the political Brexit in January this year. Because as you know the UK refused any extension of the transition period – so, we have no time to lose.”

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Jacob Rees-Mogg launches podcast with unusual insight into Parliament – 'no woke nonsense'

Mr Rees-Mogg, the Leader of the House of Commons, will interview political insiders and academics on the show Why Parliament Works. The first guest is Professor Vernon Bogdanor, David Cameron’s former politics tutor at Oxford University and a constitutional expert.

Mr Rees-Mogg said he was pleased to start “a diverting dose of democratic dilations for your deliberation and, dare I say it, delight.”

The first four episodes of the podcast launched on Sunday.

The Leader of the House will be competing against the UK’s top podcast hosts including Louis Theroux and David Tennant.

Other guests involved in the show are Natascha Engel, former Labour chairwoman of the Backbench Business Committee and former Deputy Speaker, Chloe Smith, Minister for the Constitution and Devolution, and the politics academic Professor Philip Lord Norton of Louth.

Mr Rees-Mogg said: “Our Parliamentary democracy only works when it delivers for voters, which is why it is so important that this Government is getting on with legislating to level up every part of the United Kingdom.

“I have been fortunate to be able to spend time exploring the lawmaking process with some of the UK’s leading academics and Parliamentary insiders, who have helped shine light on some of the less-appreciated aspects of the UK Parliament’s work.”

Mr Rees-Mogg began his podcasts by declaring that the British constitution is the “hobby of all sensible people”.

He added how it is “the most interesting matter to discuss and be informed about”.

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Another Twitter fan wrote: “Could be interesting to listen to. He speaks his mind and given his current position, he should be able to provide a decent insight onto what happens in parliament. Hopefully.”

Mr Rees-Mogg’s first episode discussed the role of Parliament at the centre of the constitutional system and the flaws of the Fixed Term Parliament Act.

The Fixed Term Parliament Act was introduced in 2011 under the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition.

The Act determines a default fixed election date for general elections in the UK.

But only one of the subsequent three elections were held on the set date.

The episode also highlights the importance and value of scrutiny and the Government delivering its legislative programme.

The new show comes as Parliament is launching into an intense period of debate over the 2019 Conservative manifesto’s bills.

Many of the debated bills are yet to be introduced.

Parliament returned for its autumn sitting on Monday.

On Wednesday, Boris Johnson will face his first Prime Minister’s Questions since July.



Cleaning: Mrs Hinch fans share unusual product to remove carpet stains with 'no effort'

There are many products available that promise to get rid of tough carpet stains. However, cleaning fans have revealed carpets can be freshened up by using an unusual but simple household product.

Fans of the cleaning expert Mrs Hinch will regularly share their own hacks online.

Mrs Hinch, real name Sophie Hinchcliffe, became well-known for sharing her easy cleaning hacks online.

As well as racking up a huge following of her own, she has inspired others to share their own tips.

Posting in a Mrs Hinch Cleaning Tips Facebook Group, one woman shared a picture of a dark pink stain on her carpet.

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She wrote: “Had a nail polish disaster! How can I get it out of the carpet?

“I’ve tried nail polish remover, vodka, a really old white spirit and vanish carpet stuff. Nothing is working!”

While the homeowner claimed she had tried everything, other Facebook users were quick to share their suggestions.

The post soon gathered more than 150 comments as others explained how they remove stains.

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A number of users suggested shaving gel or foam to remove the stain.

One Facebook user wrote: “My daughter did this last week with purple nail polish.

“Shaving gel/foam did the trick and not much effort! Good luck.”

“Shaving foam or gel works! Speaking from experience,” another added.

Even when carpets are not stained it is important to clean them regularly, according to experts at sofa and carpet specialist ScS.

They said: “Bedroom carpets can be ten times dirtier than a toilet seat, so it’s really important to clean them regularly.

“At least once a week, give your carpets a good vacuum, and use natural cleaning sprays for a quick refresh.”



EU member states warned Brexit to renew efforts for federal superstate – 'No holding back'

European Union echelons have often been accused of harbouring dreams to take on more centralised powers from member states to constitute a stronger federalised superstate. Finnish MEP Laura Huhtasaari suggested Brexit would deprive member states from a powerful took to hold back the EU’s expansionistic plans, suggesting moved to strengthen the bloc’s power have already been set in motion. Speaking to Express.co.uk, the eurosceptic Ms Huhtasaari said: “The UK managed to slow down this development because, before, only euro countries participated in the euro fund and the euro support mechanism.

“But now, Denmark and Sweden, which are non-euro countries, also have to participate because Britain is not holding the EU back anymore.

“In 2011, we were actually saving German and French banks, we broke article 125 for the first time, and Greece only got about 10 percent of the money though it was supposed to be in support of Greece.

“This time, we are supporting Italian and French bank.”

The EU in July concluded a tense summit bringing together all remaining member states on a common rescue pot to help those economies worst impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Fiscally conservative members had attempted to pull out of the effort, or have a minimal role, over concerns poorer members would unfairly benefit more from the coronavirus recovery fund.

The agreement marked the first occasion the EU pooled debt together and, in the run up to the summit, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen renewed her call for more bloc-wide taxes to pay off the fund.

Ms Huhtasaari added: “Churchill used to say, ‘never let a good crisis go to waste.’

“And now they are using this corona package, which is actually a euro package, to withhold the power from the nation states.”

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The survey questioned 1,500 voters in all four countries, finding Italy would be the most likely candidate to follow the UK out of the bloc should Brexit prove to be an economic success over the next five years.

Pollsters asked respondents: “I will be more likely to support my country leaving the EU if the UK and its economy are in a good state in five years, agree or disagree?”

Italians respondents were most in favour of breaking ties with Brussels, with 45 percent either agreeing or strongly agreeing with the idea of an “Italexit.”

France came second with 38 percent, shortly followed by Spain at 37 percent.

Germans proved to be the least likely to quit but still reported 30 percent of respondents would consider leaving the bloc.