Donald Trump will likely win the presidency in 2016, in part because everything he touches turns to gold.
That is the assessment of Ivana Trump, who was married to the real estate mogul and current GOP presidential front-runner from 1977 to 1992 and mother of Trump's three adult children. The fashion entrepreneur/soicialite is a former member of the Czech Olympic Ski Team and a former model.
Donald Trump is currently married to wife #3, Melania Knauss-Trump, also a former model.
You may recall that over the summer, a Daily Beast story recounted that Ivana asserted in the Trump's divorce proceeding that she was raped by her then-husband, but not in the "criminal" sense. Donald Trump strongly denied the allegation about marital rape rehashed by the Daily Beast, and Ivana Trump quickly put out a statement that "the story is totally without merit" and endorsed her ex-husband's candidacy for the White House. The controversy quickly disappeared from the media radar.
At son Eric's charity golf tournament this week in New York, which raises money for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Access Hollywood asked Ivana Trump, 66, about her ex-husband's brash personality and whether he can dish it out but not take it when it comes to criticism.
Ivana Trump responded that her former spouse has what it takes to run the country if or when he is elected as the 45th president.
"Donald is Donald. He's going to do exactly what he wants to do, say exactly what he wants to say. He's not going to mince words…Donald is doing his thing, and he has his charm, and if he would win -- and I think he will -- he's going to run the country as a business, and this is what the country needs. He's a great negotiator…and I think he would be a great president…The country needs somebody with courage and [somebody who] can achieve certain goals, and America has to become better, because we are really in a deep hole. Other countries, they don't respect America, don't respect our president. I think [Trump is] outspoken and the people see the courage…Anything that Donald touches turns to gold….I think there is a big, big chance [for Donald Trump] to win."
While Donald Trump lost some momentum after what most observers deemed a lackluster performance in the second GOP debate that aired on CNN, he still leads the Republican field, although Dr. Ben Carson and business executive Carly Fiorina, along with U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, appear to be gaining ground.
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