“I wish him luck,” Trump said outside the White House to reporters who asked Thursday about the personal headlines swirling around Bezos, whom the president has regularly demonized both for Bezos’ fortunes at Amazon and his ownership of the Washington Post, which has closely and critically covered Trump’s administration.
After his initial remark on the split, a reporter asked Trump, “That’s it?” To which the president replied: “I wish him luck. It’s going to be a beauty.”
(Trump speaks from experience, having divorced two wives in highly public fashion.)
Bezos, who was recently named the richest man in the world, and wife MacKenzie Bezos announced their split in a statement on the billionaire’s Twitter account on Wednesday, writing that they had decided to continue their “shared lives as friends.”
PEOPLE confirmed Sanchez is also divorcing her husband of 13 years, Patrick Whitesell. The former Good Day LA host and frequent contributor to Extra and The View shares two kids with Whitesell and also has a son from a previous relationship.
The Bezos divorce was first reported by the National Enquirer, which says it conducted a four-month investigation into Jeff’s relationship with another woman. (David Pecker, chairman of the tabloid’s parent company, is a longtime Trump ally and friend.)
Making things more complicated, Washington, where the couple resides, is a community property state, which means that all assets and debts accrued during the marriage are considered owned equally by both spouses unless there was a prenuptial agreement stating otherwise.
Although it’s never been made public whether the pair had a prenup in place when they wed, Steve Mindel, a Los Angeles-based family law and divorce attorney, told PEOPLE that it’s highly unlikely they would have been able to keep that a secret.
While Jeff would go on to amass an incredibly large fortune, when he and MacKenzie first began their whirlwind relationship in 1993, marrying just six months after their first date, their financial situation was quite different.
The two met after MacKenzie graduated from Princeton University with an English degree. She moved to New York City and interviewed at the investment management firm D.E. Shaw — where Jeff was the first person who interviewed her.
The two were engaged within three months after their first date and married within six, according to Vogue.
Shortly after they married, the couple quit their jobs and moved to Seattle where Amazon was founded. They lived in a one-bedroom rental there before the business took off.
Trump’s reaction to the divorce is the latest in a one-sided war of words with Amazon and its chief executive.
“Amazon is doing great damage to tax paying retailers,” Trump tweeted in August 2017, in a characteristic attack.
Back in 2015, he derided both Amazon and the Post: “The @washingtonpost, which loses a fortune, is owned by @JeffBezos for purposes of keeping taxes down at his no profit company, @amazon.
In April, a source speaking to Vanity Fair characterized Trump’s animosity this way: “He gets obsessed with something, and now he’s obsessed with Bezos. Trump is like, ‘How can I f— with him?’ “