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Ivana Trump Implies Melania Trump is a Lazy First Lady, ‘She Only Goes to Stuff When She Has To’
In an interview on the British talk show Loose Women Monday, Ivana Trump said she’s not really certain if “very quiet” Melania Trump is doing a good job as First Lady.
Ivana is President Donald Trump’s first wife, and the couple were married for 15 years but divorced in 1991, The Hill notes, and the hosts couldn’t help but wonder if she thinks Melania is an effective First Lady.
“Do you think she’s doing a good job as First Lady?” the hosts asked. “She gets a lot of positive publicity.” (I’ll leave the latter half of that sentence alone.)
Ivana had to ponder that for a moment.
“I am not sure. She’s very quiet, and she really doesn’t go to too many places,” Trump said. “She goes to stuff when she has to.”
“But she’s quiet.”
Then the hosts wanted to know if Ivana has a friendship with Melania, or if the two maintain regular contact, and she responded “No, I speak directly to Mr. President, and I don’t get involved with the ex-wives and his private life.”
While promoting her book in 2017, Ivana noted on an interview for Good Morning America that she keeps her distance from Melania, saying she didn’t call her ex-husband at the White House because “Melania is there.”
“And I don’t want to cause any kind of jealousy or something like that because I’m basically first Trump wife,” said at the time. “Okay? I’m first lady.”
Stephanie Grisham, Melania Trump’s spokeswoman called Ivana Trump out at the time, blasting her “first lady comment,” as little more than a publicity stunt. Then she did a publicity stunt of her own, for her boss.
“She plans her to use her title and role to help children, not sell books,” Grisham said in a statement at the time. “There is clearly no substance to this statement from an ex. Unfortunately attention-seeking and self-serving noise.”
The Hill notes Melania Trump, third wife after Ivana and Marla Maples, founded the Be Best Campaign, a children’s wellness initiative. But apparently this campaign doesn’t include immigrant children in detention centers. That became clear when Melania visited a Texas-based detention center in Texas while wearing that infamous “I don’t really care do U?” coat.
Frankly, the entire Trump family is like a series of embarrassing publicity stunts that all went horribly wrong. Just saying.