Ivana Trump Jokes In 'GMA' Interview: 'I’m First Lady' (VIDEO)
By Shari Weiss
October 9, 2017
Ivana and Donald were married from 1977 until 1992, at which point he had an affair with Marla Maples, leading to a messy divorce. He and Ivana parented Don Jr., Ivanka and Eric, and he went on to father daughter Tiffany with Maples and son Barron with current wife and First Lady Melania. In her pre-taped chat on “Good Morning America,” Ivana said she has her ex-husband’s “direct number” at the White House, but doesn’t like to call him there “because Melania is there and I don’t want to cause any kind of jealousy or something like that because I am basically first Trump wife, I’m First Lady, okay?”
Ivana sat down with the morning show’s Amy Robach to promote her new memoir, Raising Trump, and insisted she deserves the “full credit” for rearing their children. “Donald was on the telephone making the deals,” she said. “He was a loving father, don’t get me wrong, and he was a good provider. But he was not the father who would take a stroll and go to Central Park or go play baseball with them.” In fact, she claims it wasn’t until the kids were around 18 that he “could communicate with them, because he could talk business with them.”
The star only refers to Maples as “the showgirl,” and pinpoints the extramarital relationship as the “final straw” in her marriage to Donald because the “trust was broken.” Yet the former spouses have remained close since settling their divorce. And now she seems to consider herself something of a presidential advisor. “Sometimes I tell him not to speak that much,” Ivana admitted. That said, she noted, “I don’t disagree with him, because there’s so much press against him.” Asked about Donald name-calling when she herself is all about kindness, she said, “People are different. I like the good manners.” But, she added, “If they are losers, they are losers. I don’t mind it.”
As for the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape, Ivana maintained, “He was not really disrespectful. Just jokes. Sometimes you say things which are silly.” Robach pushed back, prompting her to say she doesn’t “really want to go to into” and claim she and her ex-husband didn’t “really” talk about it. She was similarly wishy-washy on the subject of immigration and DACA, but did declare, “Donald has absolutely nothing to do with Russia… He was running against Hillary Clinton and he won. That’s the end of it.” And in regards to their son, Don Jr., she said, “I know he was not involved in any wrongdoing.”
In fact, she’s so confident, she has “zero concerns” about the Mueller investigation.” Check out the full video above.