Ivana Trump’s book re­lives messy tabloid-fod­der di­vorce

Au­thor pre­dicts daugh­ter Ivanka may one day be US pres­i­dent.

Herald on Sunday - - WORLD -

Anew book from Don­ald Trump’s first wife pulls back the cur­tain on a tu­mul­tuous pe­riod of the Pres­i­dent’s life, in­clud­ing the messy di­vorce that was splashed across New York’s tabloids for weeks.

Ivana Trump, who was mar­ried to the real es­tate mag­nate from 1977-92, writes in Rais­ing Trump that she knew her mar­riage was over soon af­ter a day in De­cem­ber 1989.

“This young blonde woman ap­proached me out of the blue and said ‘I’m Marla and I love your hus­band. Do you’?” writes Ivana Trump. “I said ‘Get lost. I love my hus­band.’ It was un­la­dy­like but I was in shock.”

Trump’s pub­lic af­fair with Marla Maples spawned the in­fa­mous “Best Sex I’ve Ever Had” head­line in the New York Post in 1990. Af­ter di­vorc­ing his first wife, Trump mar­ried Maples in 1993.

Rais­ing Trump is set to be re­leased next week.

In the book, Ivana writes glow­ingly about her mar­riage to Trump and her prom­i­nent role at the Trump Or­gan­i­sa­tion.

But then she un­bur­dens her­self about the heartache that Trump’s af­fair with Maples caused her and the cou­ple’s three chil­dren, Don­ald jnr, Ivanka and Eric.

Don­ald jnr didn’t speak to fa­ther for a year af­ter the split.

“I can only shake my head at how his in­sane it was,” Ivana Trump writes. “I couldn’t turn on the tele­vi­sion with­out hear­ing my name.” But she and the Pres­i­dent have re­turned to far warmer terms. She writes that they speak about once a week and that she en­cour­ages him to keep us­ing Twit­ter.

She said in a CBS News in­ter­view this week that she was of­fered the post of am­bas­sador to the Czech Repub­lic, her na­tive coun­try, but turned it down be­cause she al­ready has “a per­fect life”.

The White House did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment about the am­bas­sador­ship post.

Much of the book is spent re­count­ing Ivana Trump’s child­hood in Europe, her bur­geon­ing mod­el­ling ca­reer in New York and Trump’s courtship. She writes that, at their first meet­ing, Trump se­cured her and friends a ta­ble at a hot Man­hat­tan restau­rant, paid the cheque and chauf­feured her back to her ho­tel in a gi­ant Cadil­lac.

“My in­stincts told me that Don­ald was smart and funny — an al­lAmer­ica good guy,” Ivana Trump writes.

Her chil­dren also con­trib­ute pas­sages to the book, and Ivana Trump muses that her for­mer hus­band may not be the only Trump to call the White House home.

“Maybe in 15 years, she could run for Pres­i­dent?” she writes about her daugh­ter, Ivanka, be­fore mus­ing about her own pos­si­ble ti­tle.

“First Lady? Holds no ap­peal for me per­son­ally. First Mother? That could work.”

Getty Im­ages

Don­ald, Ivana and Ivanka Trump in 1998 and, in­set, the au­thor to­day.

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