Trump told me I could be am­bas­sador, says Ivana

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Ivana Trump, President Don­ald Trump’s ex-wife, says she was of­fered the chance to be­come US am­bas­sador to the Czech Repub­lic but turned it down to pre­serve her glo­be­trot­ting “per­fect life”.

Trump’s first wife was raised in com­mu­nist Cze­choslo­vakia and mar­ried the New York prop­erty mogul in 1977.

“I was just of­fered to be the Amer­i­can am­bas­sador to Czech Repub­lic — and Don­ald told me. He said, ‘Ivana, if you want it, I give it to you,’ ” Ivana, 68, said in an in­ter­view with TV net­work CBS, to be broad­cast to­day.

How­ever, she said she val­ued her free­dom too much to ac­cept.

“OK, why would I go and say bye-bye to Mi­ami in the win­ter, bye-bye to Saint-Tropez in the sum­mer and bye-bye to spring and fall in New York? I have a per­fect life,” she said.

The cou­ple di­vorced in 1992 but the mother of Don­ald jnr, Ivanka and Eric said she still spoke reg­u­larly to her ex­hus­band and had ad­vised him on his use of Twit­ter, sug­gest­ing it was a per­fect way of pre­vent­ing the main­stream me­dia from twist­ing his words.

Her mem­oir, Rais­ing Trump, is to be pub­lished this week and de­tails the cou­ple’s di­vorce, which made front-page news in New York’s febrile tabloid mar­ket at the time.

Ac­cord­ing to the As­so­ci­ated Press, which ob­tained an ad­vance copy, Ivana 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?’,” she writes.

“I said ‘Get lost. I love my hus­band.’ It was un­la­dy­like but I was in shock.”

Trump’s public af­fair with the ac­tress Marla Maples spawned the in­fa­mous “Best Sex I’ve Ever Had” head­line in the New York Post.

Af­ter di­vorc­ing Ivana, Trump mar­ried Maples in 1993. The cou­ple di­vorced six years later.

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