War of words

Ivana Trump says she is ‘first lady,’ prompting sharp response from Melania Trump

First lady Melania Trump looks on as her husband President Donald Trump speaks at a meeting with administration on the opioid addiction crisis at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, on August 8, 2017. (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

Melania Trump has denounced Ivana Trump, the first wife of the president, as “self-serving” for claiming that she is “first lady.”

While promoting her new book, Raising Trump, on ABC’s Good Morning America, Ivana said she speaks to her husband about once every two weeks, and has a “direct line” to the White House.

“I [don’t] really want to call him there, because Melania is there,” added. “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.”

Melania responded to the comments in a terse statement provided by her spokeswoman Barbara Grisham. “[Mrs. Trump] loves living in Washington, D.C. and is honored by her role as First Lady of the United States,” the statement read, according to the BBC. “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 was married to Donald Trump between 1977 and 1992. They divorced after Trump’s affair with Marla Maples, who eventually became his second wife, surfaced. Ivana is the mother of three of the president’s children: Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric. Below, watch Ivana’s full interview on GMA.


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