This would have forced a confrontation between the women and Bill Clinton, following the tradition of family members shaking hands as they enter at the same time. A surprise stunt was obviously designed by the Trump team to create maximum shock effect, just as viewers tune in world-wide. It only de-escalated when Fahrenkopf, a Republican, threatened to call security to remove the women. Eventually the Trump campaign relented.
Mr. Fahrenkopf, a former RNC chair, insisted that the the campaigns had agreed to the rules that only family members could sit in those seats. They had also denied the Clinton's request that Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill be seated in their box.