President Donald Trump’s first wife, Ivana Trump, said she has a “direct number” to the White House, turned down the U.S. ambassadorship to the Czech Republic and takes “full credit” for raising the couple’s three children.
Those are just a few of the revelations Ivana Trump, 68, made in a sit-down interview with ABC News’ Amy Robach to promote her new memoir, “Raising Trump.”
Ivana Trump said she speaks to her former husband about once every two weeks, and she has a “direct number” to the White House.
“I [don’t] really want to call him there, because Melania is there,” she said, referring to first lady Melania Trump. “And 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.”
In response to the interview, a spokesperson for Melania Trump told ABC News the first lady is “honored by her role.”
“Mrs. Trump has made the White House a home for Barron and the President,” the spokesperson said, referring to the couple’s son. “She loves living in Washington, D.C., and is honored by her role as First Lady of the United States.
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. ”
Ivana Trump’s book, set to be released Tuesday, documents Trump’s journey from growing up under Communist rule in the former Czechoslovakia to marrying a future U.S. president and raising their three children together — Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric Trump.
Ivana Trump said she has no desire to change places with Melania Trump.
“I think for her to be in Washington must be terrible,” Ivana Trump said of the first lady. “It’s better her than me. I would hate Washington.”
She continued, “Would I straighten up the White House in 14 days? Absolutely. Can I give the speech for 45 minutes without a teleprompter? Absolutely. Can I read a contract? Can I negotiate? Can I entertain? Absolutely. But I would not really like to be there. I like my freedom.”
She said that keeping her freedom also meant declining when the president of the Czech Republic wanted her to be the U.S. ambassador.