First daughter and Senior White House Adviser Ivanka Trump was photographed looking melancholy days after returning from a short vacation.
Ivanka, 35, and her family spent the weekend at Camp David, according to the Daily Mail. On Aug. 30, she was seen leaving her house on her way to work, looking stylish in an Oscar de la Renta dress, high heels and diamond earrings.
But some made note of the fact that she was lacking her usual cheerful expression and did not bother to smile for the camera, perhaps indicating that she is dissatisfied with life as a civil servant.
Ivanka's downcast appearance comes on the heels of a recent Vanity Fair article by Sarah Ellison in which Ivanka and her husband, fellow Presidential Adviser Jared Kushner, 36, are said to be on their way out of President Donald Trump's administration.
According to the insiders Ellison interviewed, Ivanka and Kushner are unpopular with other White House officials, many of whom view the couple as incompetent and feel as though they are merely getting in the way.
"There's nothing more obstructive and distracting and unhelpful than to have a bunch of stupid apolitical family members calling all the shots," a former West Wing staffer explained.
Another source, described as a "Washington veteran," told Ellison that Ivanka and Kushner have an arrogant quality that rubs people the wrong way.
"What is off-putting about them is they do not grasp their essential irrelevance. They think they are special," the source said, adding: "Trump is emotionally dependent on his son-in-law and his daughter ... but they can't do anything for him. All they can do is make him feel better about what his life has come to."
Putting a finer point on things, a political consultant asked: "You can't prevent him from trying to de-fund Planned Parenthood or getting out of the Paris agreement? What are you good for?"
Contrary to her public image, Ivanka is reportedly known to hold grudges and pursue vendettas against staffers whom she believes have fallen out of favor with her father. She was also described as two-faced by a former West Wing aide.
"She tries to charm you at first, and then there'll be the cutting remark in front of her father," the former aide said.
Ellison speculates that it's only a matter of time before the couple walk away from the administration, and moreover that they will not be missed.
"Kushner and Ivanka will leave the White House at some point," she wrote. "When they do, it will be a welcome development for those who view the pair not merely as Trump's protectors, as they see themselves to be, but rather as one of his greatest weaknesses."