First Lady Melania Trump responded to her husband’s first wife Ivana Trump comments on Monday, dismissing them as a joke while adding that she held the position of First Lady. Melania Trump also eluded to her husband’s “ex-wife” making the comments to sell her new memoir.
Reinforcing the role of Melania Trump, the White House issued a statement on Monday, slapping down Ivana Trump’s comments after she joked about her “status” as the president’s ‘first wife’ effectively made her ‘first lady’.
The intent of the statement from the White House—made clear there was room for ‘only one’ first lady—sparking speculation of some form of contention or jealousy among the Trump wives – past and present.
“Mrs. Trump has made the White House a home for Barron and the president. She loves living in Washington, DC and is honored by her role as First Lady of the United States. She plans to use her title and role to help children, not sell books,” a statement issued by Stephanie Grisham, the first lady’s spokeswoman. “There is clearly no substance to this statement from an ex. Unfortunately, only attention seeking and self-serving noise.”
Ivana Trump, the mother of Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric Trump, was married to Donald Trump from 1977 until 1992. She has also given several interviews in anticipation of her new memoir Raising Trump, which is slated for release on October 10. Speaking on Good Morning America Monday, Ivana Trump touted her close relationship with her former husband, President Trump.
“I have a direct number to the White House, but I don’t really want to call him there because Melania is there and I don’t want to cause any jealousy or something like that because I’m basically first Trump wife I’m First Lady, okay?”
— Good Morning America (@GMA) October 9, 2017
Mrs Trump’s initial reluctance to move to the White House to speak publicly at one time led to questions about whether she was comfortable in her high-profile role, which might explain why her office was so quick to slap down a potential usurper.
The statement was issued after Ivana Trump was interviewed on ABC’s Good Morning America on Monday. She said she spoke to Trump about once a week but did not like to telephone the President at the White House directly as she did not want to create jealous feelings.
“Melania is there, and I don’t want to cause any kind of jealousy or anything like that because I’m the first Trump wife,” she said laughing. “I’m the first lady, OK?”
During the interview, she said she was not concerned about the federal investigation into alleged Trump campaign links to Russia or any connection to Donald Jr, who has been asked to testify.
“I know that he was not involved at all in any wrongdoing,” she said.
Mrs. Trump, who grew up in Czechoslovakia, also discussed immigration, saying: “I’m (an) immigrant myself and Donald is building the wall. I don’t mind immigrants and the wall because you have to protect your borders.”
By LeNora Millen 10-09-17