Ivana Trump, President Donald Trump’s first wife and mother of three of his five children, is back in the news this weekend, and the White House won’t be happy about after last year’s debacle.
In October, Ivana spoke to ABC News and was asked about her relationship with her ex-husband turned President of the United States. He answer caused quite the stir.
“I [don’t] really want to call him there, because Melania is there,” she said, adding that she has direct access to Trump but chooses not use it because, “I don’t want to cause any kind of jealousy or something like that, because I’m basically first Trump wife. OK? I’m first lady.”
After a complicated bit of damage control to walk back those statements, Ivana faded back into the background… until this weekend.
Speaking to the New York Post on a range of issues, the former Trump wife expressed some strong opinions about the pending divorce of her eldest son, Don Jr.
Telling the post she’s “very sad” about the breakup, she said she’s confident that her son will be fine. “Donald Jr. is a good-looking guy. He is successful. He is not going to have a problem to find a girl,” she said.
Her predictions about her departing daughter in law, Vanessa, however, are not so rosy.
“Maybe Vanessa might have a little problem because she has five kids… Who is going to date and marry the woman who has five children?” She wondered aloud. “Especially since she is young and she might want to have more.”
Asked specifically about the alleged affair her son had with a contestant on “The Apprentice” that ultimately doomed his marriage, Ivana tried to be diplomatic, but couldn’t help going to the mat for her son, regardless of his culpability.
“It’s always distressing, because I’ve been there,” she sad, “But who am I to judge and who knows what was the situation at that moment?”
“It’s a long time ago now,” she continued, “so I think Vanessa knew it all along and maybe she just couldn’t get over the hurt to forgive him.”
Victim shame much?
She wasn’t done. Attempting to excuse her son’s actions even further, she revealed – perhaps inadvertently – her own experiences dealing with infidelity. “I honestly don’t know that many men who can keep their zippers up,” she said.
“I feel bad for [Melania] because I know how bad I did feel. It hurts a lot,” Ivana said.
Since the topic had been broached, Dana Schuster, a reporter for The Post’s Page Six celebrity news section, asked about the more recent allegations of infidelity dogging her ex-husband. Ivana appeared to have no sympathy for First Lady Melania Trump, who, unlike her, has decided to stand by The Donald despite massive amounts of evidence of multiple extra-marital affairs – at least for now.
“I divorced Donald immediately [after I discovered the Maples affair] because I told myself, ‘Am I going to live with the person who is going to say, ‘I’m going to go and play golf’ leaving me to think, ‘Is he really going to go and play golf?’ I cannot do it.”
“I have pride and I have dignity and stuff like that,” she continued, “but so many women, around the world, they live with the men knowing that they are cheating… Everybody handles their situation their own way.”
If this is what the White House can expect every time the first Mrs. Trump sticks her head out in public, then they should count their lucky stars she only does so twice a year.