The “first ladies” are feuding.
Ivana Trump, President Donald Trump’s first wife and the mother of his three eldest children, claimed on Sunday that she’s the real “first lady.”
Melania Trump, Trump’s third and current wife, fired back on Monday.
“There is clearly no substance to this statement from an ex,” Melania’s spokesperson said in a statement. “Unfortunately only attention seeking and self-serving noise.”
Ivana is currently promoting her most recently book, “Raising Trump.” The author and businesswoman also recently had some harsh words for Trump’s second wife, Marla Maples, calling her a “showgirl” and a “nobody” in an interview with Page Six.
This is far from the first time that Ivana, Maples, and Melania have clashed. Here’s the history of the president’s wives public disagreements.
Ivana Trump was born Ivana Zelnícková in Czechoslovakia in 1949.
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Source: The New York Post
Ivana moved to the US in the early 1970s, when she was working as a model and ski instructor.
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Source: The New York Post
She and Donald Trump — then a young real estate developer — were married 1977.
The couple had three children: Donald Jr., Ivanka (whose actual name is Ivana Marie), and Eric. Ivana also worked with Donald to develop the Trump Organization, as vice president of interior design.
However, while Donald outwardly praised Ivana at the time, he was having an affair with another woman: Marla Maples.
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Maples was a young model, 14 years Ivana’s junior.
Ivana met Maples — and had her suspicions about her husband’s affair confirmed — on a ski trip in Aspen in 1990. Apparently, Donald had hoped to avoid confrontation despite the fact both his wife and his mistress were in the same ski town.
“Ivana confronted her, demanding, ‘You b—-, leave my husband alone,'” People reported in early 1991. Trump reportedly overheard the confrontation and attempted to ski away, but Ivana is said to have chased him down the mountain “wagging her finger in his face.”
The scandal played out in the tabloids for weeks.
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Following her high-profile divorce in 1991, Ivana never forgave Marla Maples. Ivana slammed the younger woman to the press countless times, despite Maples’ apologies.
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“The children are all wrecks,” Ivana told gossip columnist Liz Smith. “Ivanka now comes home from school crying, ‘Mommy, does it mean I’m not going to be Ivanka Trump anymore?’ Little Eric asks me, ‘Is it true you are going away and not coming back?’”
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Source: Vanity Fair
When Maples and Trump announced their divorce in 1997, three years after Tiffany’s birth, Donald took issue with Ivana “crowing” to the press.
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Maples “asked to apologize to me in the Daily Mail in London. They asked if I accepted the apology and I said no. Why should I? She broke my marriage!” Ivana told the New York Post in 2015.
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Ivana told the New York Post she was “never happier in my life” than when Maples was quickly eliminated on “Dancing with the Stars” in 2016.
In 1998, Donald met the model Melania Knauss. The pair married in 2005.
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Overall, Melania’s relationship with Donald’s previous wives are less dramatic than the Ivana-Maples feud — though there is still some tension.
“She can’t talk, she can’t give a speech, she doesn’t go to events, she doesn’t (seem to) want to be involved,” Ivana told a New York Daily Mail insider in 2015, as Donald ramped up his campaign efforts.
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Source: New York Daily Mail
With Ivana’s recent comments, it seems Donald’s first wife is ready for another feud — or feuds.
“Would I straighten up the White House in 14 days? Absolutely,” Ivana told ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “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.”
Source: ABC’s “Good Morning America”
Despite Ivana’s comments slamming Maples as she promotes her new book, “Raising Trump,” it doesn’t seem like Donald’s second wife is taking the bait. Her most recent Instagram is a video of flowers with the caption “Beauty is everywhere… We just have to be willing to see it.”