Ivana Trump has given a rare interview in support of her ex-husband Donald Trump, but she may have done him more harm than good. In an interview with the New York Post, Ivana revealed that her ex has been toying with the idea of a presidential run for decades, and 25 years and two marriages later, she still considers herself one of his advisors. Ivana, who was born in Czechoslovakia, is in total agreement with Donald’s controversial immigration policies, saying it’s time to stop immigrants from coming to the United States for a free ride.
“I have nothing against Mexicans, but if they [come] here — like this 19-year-old, she’s pregnant, she crossed over a wall that’s this high. She gives the birth in American hospital, which is for free. The child becomes American automatically. She brings the whole family, she doesn’t pay the taxes, she doesn’t have a job, she gets the housing, she gets the food stamps. Who’s paying? You and me.”
Ivana Trump added that she is fine with immigrants who come to the U.S. legally to find a job. In fact, she says Americans need immigrants to do the jobs that they don’t want to do themselves.
“As long as you come here legally and get a proper job… we need immigrants. Who’s going to vacuum our living rooms and clean up after us? Americans don’t like to do that.”
In the interview, Ivana Trump said she speaks with her ex-husband regularly before and after his campaign appearances, and she even credits herself for giving the outspoken GOP candidate the phrase “You think it, I say it.”
Ivana also detailed her fairytale marriage to the real estate mogul, including her cushy job as vice president of interior design at Trump’s Castle casino resort in Atlantic City and her eventual job as president of Trump’s Plaza hotel.
“I’d get up at 6 and read newspapers, and then I went to 63rd Street to the helicopter pad and flew to Atlantic City. I could come back 5 or 6… Then we’d watch ‘Dallas’ and ‘Dynasty.'”
Ivana said that Donald gave her a chance to succeed in America because he could see that she had the potential to do great things.
“He gave me the chance. I came [to America] and I was a poor person,” Ivana said. “I had a sense of style so he put me in charge of interior design of the Grand Hyatt Hotel. I was seven months pregnant and going up the steps, making sure everything was on the schedule.”
Ivana reportedly went back and forth on her ex-husband’s stance on feminism. First, she said that although he loves women, she doesn’t think he’s a feminist, but then her reps called the Post to clarify that Donald was a feminist. Then they called back and said he wasn’t. Then they said he was. So clearly, Ivana’s opinion on whether her ex is a feminist is unclear.
One thing is for sure: Back in 1988, when Trump announced his wife’s new job as president of the Plaza hotel, he was criticized for his press conference, where he described how she would be paid for the high-profile job.
“My wife, Ivana, is a brilliant manager,” Trump said at the time. “I will pay her one dollar a year and all the dresses she can buy!”
According to Vanity Fair, Ivana was humiliated by the announcement, which came amid early rumblings of Donald’s affair with Marla Maples. And speaking of Marla, Trump had no problem with his extramarital girlfriend (and future mom of his daughter Tiffany) signing a $600,000 contract as the spokeswoman for No Excuses jeans.
“I figured she could make $600,000 for doing one day’s work,” Donald told Vanity Fair. “For the negative publicity, I thought, that $600,000 she can live on the rest of her life.”
And hey, it beats cleaning houses.
Take a look at the video below to see Ivana Trump talking about her marriage to the future presidential candidate.
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