Ivana Trump: I talk to Don­ald reg­u­larly de­spite ‘in­sane’ di­vorce

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Don­ald Trump’s first wife, Ivana, has said her daugh­ter Ivanka could run for pres­i­dent, and that she and Trump now speak reg­u­larly and have a warm re­la­tion­ship de­spite the “in­sane” cir­cum­stances of their no­to­ri­ous di­vorce.

Ivana Trump was mar­ried to Don­ald Trump from 1977 to 1992 and is the mother of three of the pres­i­dent’s chil­dren, Don­ald Jr, Ivanka and Eric. Next week she will pub­lish Rais­ing Trump, a book on her mar­riage and her life.

She knew her mar­riage was over, she writes, soon af­ter a day in De­cem­ber 1989 when a “young blonde woman ap­proached me out of the blue and said ‘I’m Marla and I love your hus­band. Do you?’ I said ‘Get lost. I love my hus­band.’ It was un­la­dy­like but I was in shock.”

In 1990, Trump’s af­fair with Marla Maples spawned an in­fa­mous New York Post head­line.

In 1993, Trump mar­ried Maples, who is the mother of his daugh­ter Tif­fany. He is now mar­ried to Me­la­nia Trump, the mother of his son Baron.

The Associated Press pur­chased an early copy of Ivana Trump’s book, in which she writes glow­ingly about her mar­riage and her prom­i­nent role at the Trump Or­gan­i­sa­tion. She also writes about the pain Trump’s af­fair with Maples caused her and her chil­dren. Don­ald Jr did not speak to his fa­ther for a year af­ter the split. “I can only shake my head at how in­sane it was,” Ivana writes. “I couldn’t turn on the tele­vi­sion with­out hear­ing my name.”

Di­vorce un­der scru­tiny

The di­vorce came un­der scru­tiny dur­ing the 2016 elec­tion, when it was re­ported that Ivana once signed a sworn de­po­si­tion al­leg­ing Don­ald had raped her. She sought to clar­ify that the ac­cu­sa­tion, which Trump has con­sis­tently de­nied, was not in­tended in a “lit­eral or crim­i­nal sense”. Trump’s lawyer am­pli­fied the is­sue, how­ever, by sug­gest­ing to a re­porter there was no such thing as mar­i­tal rape.

In her book, Ivana writes that she and the pres­i­dent are now on warmer terms, speak­ing about once a week. She en­cour­ages him to keep us­ing Twit­ter, she says.

In a CBS News in­ter­view this week, Ivana said she was of­fered the post of am­bas­sador to the Czech Repub­lic but turned it down be­cause she al­ready had “a per­fect life”.

Much of the book is spent re­count­ing Ivana Trump’s child­hood in Europe, her bur­geon­ing mod­el­ling ca­reer in New York and Trump’s courtship. At their first meet­ing, she writes, 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,” she writes.

Her chil­dren also con­trib­ute pas­sages to the book.

Don­ald Trump’s first wife

AP

Ivana Trump is the mother of three of the pres­i­dent’s chil­dren.

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