While peddling her soon-to-be-released memoir, President Donald Trump’s first wife, Ivana Trump, called herself the “first lady” in an interview with CBS on Monday.
In response, the actual First Lady Melania Trump slammed Ivana’s comments, calling them “attention-seeking and self-serving noise.”
“I have the direct number to the White House but I don’t really want to call him there, because Melania is there, and I don’t really want to cause any kind of jealousy or something like that, because I’m basically first Trump wife, OK? I’m first lady, OK?” Ivana told CBS.
Melania’s communications director, Stephanie Grisham, issued a statement to CNN saying, “Mrs. Trump has made the White House a home for Barron and the president. She loves living in Washington, D.C. and is honored by her role as first lady of the United States. She plans to use her title and role to help children, not sell books. There is clearly no substance to this statement from an ex, this is unfortunately only attention-seeking and self-serving noise.”
Ivana is the mother of the president’s eldest three children, Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric. She and Donald Trump married in 1977 and divorced in 1992 as the result of his very public affair he had with Marla Maples. Ivana does not call Maples, who later became the president’s second wife, by name in her new book. She just calls her the “showgirl.”
Trump was Ivana’s second of four husbands. In interviews, she has said that she gets along quite well with “The Donald” and has no animosity towards Melania, who is Trump’s third wife. Ivana says she speaks frequently to the president and has encouraged him to keep using Twitter.
“Raising Trump” is set to be released next week.
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