Chelsea Clinton and Ivanka Trump Decide to Remain Friends, Despite Parents' Rivalry

The relationship between the two women is strained by their parents' attacks on each other as the 2016 presidential campaign heats up.

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Chelsea Clinton with husband Marc Mezvinsky, September 21, 2011.
Chelsea Clinton with husband Marc Mezvinsky, September 21, 2011.Credit: Reuters

Chelsea Clinton and Ivanka Trump reportedly have decided not to let the 2016 presidential election ruin their friendship, the New York Daily News’ Confidenti@l column reported Saturday.

However, they have agreed not to see each other until after the November vote.

Confidenti@l had reported on January 1 that the relationship between the two high-profile women, who exchanged baby gifts and had a frequent text messaging relationship, was strained over the attacks by their parents – Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the Democratic and Republican front-runners, respectively – on each other as the campaign heats up.

Both women are married to Jewish men and are expecting babies this year. Trump has converted to Judaism.

Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner arrive for the New York City Ballet's Fall Fashion Gala at Lincoln Center, New York, U.S., September 23, 2014.Credit: AP

The column cited a source close to the situation as saying that Chelsea Clinton called Ivanka Trump after a particularly bad exchange between their parents.

“Because Chelsea is more experienced in politics, she wanted to move forward,” the source reportedly said. “She knows not to take these things personally.”

During the phone call, Chelsea Clinton wished Ivanka Trump a Happy New Year and they agreed not to let the election ruin their friendship.

“They’ve agreed there won’t be any secret meeting or lunches and neither is going to try and broker a truce between their parents,” the source also said.

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