It’s official: There is no one with the last name Trump who possesses a shred of decency. The latest member of the New York-based family to make that known is Ivana Trump, the first wife of now-president Donald. She has a new book hitting shelves — titled Raising Trump — which means she’s now on the daytime news circuit to hawk it. And along with her promo she’s sparked a bit of a cat fight with First Lady Melania.
Ivana Trump and Donald were married from 1977–92, and she is the mother of Trump’s three oldest kids: Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric. The pair separated following Donald’s philandering with Marla Maples (who, in the ultimate act of shade, is never referred to by name in Ivana’s book — only as “the showgirl”).
Among the sound bites offered by Ivana Trump to Good Morning America today was one zinger in particular. She said to the morning show:
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 want to cause any kind of jealousy or something like that, because I am basically first Trump wife. I’m First Lady, OK?
A bit cocky, Ivana? Yep. Tacky even? Surely.
Ivana Trump said a few more ridiculous things on GMA, including that, yes, she always thought Trump had it in him to run for president, and that despite a two-year, “brutal” divorce, they remain good friends. While she encourages Donald to “not speak that much,” she encourages his use of Twitter and insists there could never have been collusion with Russia to secure himself the presidency. (The woman is as nuts as the day is long.)
Watch the video of Ivana Trump on Good Morning America here:
Melania claps back at Ivana Trump’s comments
Later today, First Lady Melania clapped back at Ivana’s statement, albeit through a spokesperson.
“Mrs. Trump … loves living in Washington, D.C., and is honored by her role as First Lady of the United States,” said Stephanie Grisham, a spokesperson. “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. Unfortunately only attention seeking and self-serving noise.”
Sure, Melania took the higher road, but we can’t help but wonder, how is her anti-bullying advocacy coming along? It appears she may still need to start her work inside that big white house of hers.