Ivana Trump caught the wrath of the current Mrs Trump while promoting her memoir in an interview on Monday, saying that she doesn’t call the White House direct because she doesn’t want to make Melania jealous and dubbed herself the real ‘first lady’.
Melania Trump’s office was quick to issue a statement, saying she would use the title of first lady 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,” the statement from spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham stated.
US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump dance during the Freedom Ball at the Washington Convention Centre. Picture: GettySource:Supplied
Donald Trump and his then wife Ivana in 1989. Picture: AFPSource:AFP
However, in a Fox and Friends interview aired overnight, Ivana said she was quick to shut down media reports suggesting she had made fun of Melania at a lunch with friends.
“I said that she’s a very nice girl and it’s very tough to be on a campaign. I think the media reported that, ‘You know, she cannot speak, she cannot this,”’ Ivana said. “I have an accent and she has an accent. We both immigrants, so that really didn’t come from me.”
Donald Trump Jr., Ivana Trump, Eric Trump and Ivanka Trump in 2015. Picture: GettySource:Getty Images
Ivana said she reached out to Melania to set the record straight.
“I sent Melania the text [saying], ‘The last thing I would like to do is say something bad about you. Because you are family. And I don’t say anything bad or do anything bad to a family member,”’ Ivana said.
Ivana and Donald Trump. Picture: SuppliedSource:News Corp Australia
Asked if she felt sad that she wasn’t first lady, Ivana replied, “not at all.”
“Washington is tough town. I was asked to be American ambassador to Czech Republic. I told [the President], I said if you would have asked me 10 or 15 yeas ago I would do it,” she said.
“But now, I don’t want to be in Prague for four years. Could I do well? Yes. But I would lose my freedom. So, you know, I’m glad that Melania is there and I’m here.”