Ivana Trump, the first wife of President Donald Trump, is giving people a new perspective on members of the first family in her new book, Raising Trump, most notably the President himself and daughter Ivanka.
While much of the book recounts Ivana’s upbringing in her native Czech Republic and her career as a model, she also peels back several layers of her relationship with Donald, who she was married to from 1977 to 1992.
Specifically, Ivana writes about how painful Donald’s affair with his eventual second wife Marla Maples was for her and the couple’s three children, Ivanka, Eric Trump, and Donald Trump Jr. She says in the book that the first time she met Maples, in December 1989, she knew her marriage to Trump was doomed.
“This young blonde woman approached me out of the blue and said ‘I’m Marla and I love your husband. Do you?” Ivana writes in her book. “I said ‘Get lost. I love my husband.’ It was unladylike but I was in shock.”
Donald’s public affair and the couple’s subsequent divorce were difficult for Ivana and her children. However, she and Donald have managed to repair their relationship over the years and now speak about once per week.
Ivana also writes that she wouldn’t be surprised to see daughter Ivanka make an attempt to follow her father into the White House, a venture she would definitely support.
“Maybe in fifteen years, she could run for president?” Ivana writes of Ivanka in Raising Trump. “First Lady? Holds no appeal for me personally. First Mother? That could work.”
The White House has not had an official response to Raising Trump, who will be released to the public next week.