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'Driven,' 'Focused,' & Beautiful! Melania & Ivanka Trump's Secret Lives Uncovered

Feb. 21 2017, Published 9:53 a.m. ET

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President Donald Trump's leading ladies have been working their entire lives to "Make America Great Again," RadarOnline.com can exclusively reveal.

Radar conducted a two-month investigation that spanned from Slovenia to Pennsylvania to dig into the lives of Melania and Ivanka Trump, and learned that America's first family is more prepared than ever for their roles.

First daughter Ivanka, 35, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton Business School with honors in 2004 — and carried the skills she learned with her to Washington D.C.

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"Ivanka was driven and focused," a campus source told Radar. "This is an Ivy League school and most people here are like that, but she stood out from the rest."

But, drama followed her wherever she went — including to school as a youngster.

A childhood friend revealed to Radar that her father's affair with Marla Maples was extremely painful for her, saying: "It was horrible. Ivanka was 9 or 10-years-old and you could tell it hurt her."

Ivanka learned that her mother, Ivana, and father were splitting as reporters chased her from school. One even asked her for a comment.

"Did I want to hear that?" she later said. "It was a terribly unpleasant experience. It gave me a glimpse into how ugly the world can be. And I think it made me a little bit more resilient. The school of hard knocks, right?"

"There will be more situations like that, I'm sure, but that was a big one for me, at a difficult time, because adolescence is never easy to begin with," she added.

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Meanwhile, Melanija Knavs grew up in the harsh confines of communism in Slovenia.

"She was charming and gorgeous — and you knew even then she was headed for great things. You could just see it!" said childhood pal Cvetko K (through a translator).

"Her father was a devoted Marxist-Leninist who was such a devout disciple of the communist state that he prevented her mother from raising her totally Catholic," he added. "Many people were like that. Some because they believed — and others because it was the safest way to remain alive."

Melania, 46, began working as a model after the Soviet Union's fall and quickly made a name for herself. She came to the United States on a work visa in 1996, and met Donald two years later at the Kit Kat Club.

Donald, 70, was with a date at the time — but an eyewitness told Radar that "you could see the proverbial thunderbolt" that hit him!

"He was with a cosmetics heiress, but he kept looking at Melania," the insider explained. "He was smitten from the start — even though she told him, 'No!' when he asked for her number!"

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Now, Melania is spearheading an anti-bullying initiative — and Ivanka is helping her dad make crucial decisions.

"They are the ones the president truly relies on!" an Oval Office insider revealed. "They are his conscience; the touchstones that ground him and guide him ever forward. It's a great irony given the overheated rhetoric of the left that two women will restore grace to the White House and guide this president in a way that likely has never been done before!"

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