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Ivanka, Chelsea in cold war during parents’ campaigns

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NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Friday, January 1, 2016, 3:41 PM

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Former pals Chelsea Clinton and Ivanka Trump have been suffering from a strained relationship and are barely speaking due to their parents jabs at each other, a source with knowledge of the situation tells [email protected]

The women, once so close they exchanged baby gifts and had a frequent text messaging relationship, have been distant since Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump began battling for the White House.

“Over time, they had developed a real relationship, a real friendship, and had a mutual respect for each other based on their upbringing, being in the spotlight, their parents, scandals, their history,” explains our source. “And in the beginning (when Hillary and Trump announced they were throwing their hats in the ring) it was lighthearted. Everything was OK. Since then, it has gotten very strained.”

Our source adds while there is no “bad blood” between the women, the friendship is “definitely on hold” until the world sees how the presidential race plays out.

“If anyone knew they had any hard feelings it would be such a circus, so they will act classy like they both are and pretend all is OK for the public,” says our source.

Newly pregnant Chelsea, meanwhile, who is expecting her second child with husband Marc Mezvinsky, was spotted on a date night with him recently at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre at City Center. We hear the duo caught the acclaimed company in its final week of performances and met with the company and its leader, Robert Battle, following the performance. Battle gave Chelsea a copy of his new children’s book, “My Story, My Dance,” which she said she would read to their daughter when she’s older.

[email protected] has also learned that Trump was the talk of a recent Upper East Side holiday party, where former Mayor Rudy Giuliani weighed in on The Donald’s presidential run, telling one guest that the whole thing is “a joke.”

“He had no problem saying it was one big joke,” laughed the guest. “He said if Trump thinks he’s going to be President he’s drinking some strange Kool Aid.”

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