President Donald Trump’s first wife, Ivana Trump, just claimed that she is the “first lady” and the current first lady wasted no time clapping back at that.
In an interview with “Good Morning America,” where Ivana was promoting her memoir “Raising Trump,” she explained how she wouldn't like living in Washington and that Trump’s current wife, Melania, probably doesn’t like staying there either.
Ivana also told the host she had the “direct number” to Trump at the White House, mentioning how she talks with her ex-husband every two weeks.
"I have the direct number to White House but I don't really want to call him there because Melania is there and I don't really want to cause any kind of jealousy or something like that because I'm basically first Trump wife, OK? I'm first lady, OK?" she told the host while laughing.
Melania Trump's office immediately hit back. "Mrs. Trump has made the White House a home for Barron and the president. 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," said Melania’s communications director, Stephanie Grisham. "There is clearly no substance to this statement from an ex; this is unfortunately only attention-seeking and self-serving noise."
“Of course. Can I go and give the speech without a teleprompter for 45 minutes? Of course. Can I entertain? Of course I can entertain. But it is just not something I would like to do.”
Ivana and Trump got married in 1977. Their messy, high profile divorce in 1992 followed Trump’s affair with his second wife, Marla Maples. Maples and Trump were married in 1993 and divorced in 1999.
Melania and Trump married in 2005.
Banner/Thumbnail: Reuters, Jonathan Ernst