It goes without saying, and yet it must be said: Donald and Melania Trump are notapower couple. A couple is not a power duo merely by virtue of living in the White House. A true power couple is something else: a single unit, more powerful than the sum of its parts; a team, erotically bound up in each other’s success and failure. Co-advisers, coequals, co-parents, co-presidents, they live in two worlds: the one they are remaking in their own image and the intimate one they share.
A power couple does work in the White House — but it’s neither the first nor the First. Once merely a New York real estate and high society pairing, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner have brokered their way into dual White House roles, the “de facto first couple” and “ultimate Jewish power couple.”