The first wife of the former real estate mogul appeared on The Ray D’Arcy Show in Ireland, where she discussed whether the president would run for a second term in office.
“I think he’s missing a little bit of his old life,” she said. “You know he was in Trump Tower, and he would go to Mar-a-Lago, he would go to play golf on Westchester, and things like that. Now from 8 o’clock in the morning to midnight, he’s working, working, working and everybody shoves at him the problem of the country.”
The 68-year-old former model added — to laughs from the audience — “I don’t envy him, I think he must be freaking exhausted.”
“I said, ‘I’m first Trump lady. I’m first Trump lady,’ and first lady went bananas over it,” she explained. “I have no idea why. I don’t know how it sparkled, but I am definitely first Trump lady.”
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She said, “I was married to Donald. I have three kids with him, and I have no idea why she resents it,” adding, “Who cares?”
When asked if she thought Melania was doing a good job as first lady, Ivana quipped, “I thinks she’s trying her best.”
Ivana was married to President Trump from 1977 to 1992 and is mother to his three eldest children: Donald Jr., Eric and Ivanka. However, she explained during the appearance that her husband wasn’t exactly a hands-on father — and there was “no way” he was changing diapers.
“He was very caring. He loved the kids. But he would not really be a dad that would take them for a stroll in Central Park or go to play soccer with them… He was always on the telephone making the business,” she said.
Ivana explained that her kids would play with Legos in their dad’s office before heading off to school and then see him after, but the president really waited until the trio was in college to bond so they could talk business.