The Truth About Ivana's Relationship With Donald Trump Now

Ivana Trump keeps popping up in the headlines with exclusive interviews and her thoughts on one-term president Donald Trump, who's presumably on his way out of office. She released a book called Raising Trump, which shared her commentary on her ex-husband, and she has continuously shed light on her relationship with the real estate mogul-turned-politician.

From her stance on immigration to her thoughts on who the real first lady is to her three children with Donald — Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric — Ivana has certainly kept curious Americans on their toes. Has she been a supportive ex? To an extent. Has she always sung Donald's praises? Absolutely not. Did she think her ex-husband would win reelection? A resounding yes. All of these questions point to the very rollercoaster-like relationship between the couple that were married for 14 years.

To get to the bottom of what Ivana really thinks about Donald, what their dynamic is like, and how she thinks her kids will recover from the presidency, we combed through every corner of the internet and read just about every interview, so we could get a sense of what's going on. Have you ever wondered if the two exes still talk to each other? What does Melania think of their relationship? Wonder no more — here is the truth about Ivana's relationship with Donald Trump.

Ivana Trump caused a stir when she said she was really the first lady

Talk about drama. Ivana Trump caused quite the stir in 2017, when she said that she was the nation's real first lady, not Donald Trump's wife and actual first lady Melania Trump. Just wait... it gets messier. In an interview with ABC News, Ivana said that not only does she think she is the first lady, but that she talks to Donald regularly when Melania isn't around. 

"I have the direct number to White House but I don't really want to call him there because Melania is there," she said, "and I don't really want to cause any kind of jealousy or something like that because I'm basically first Trump wife, OK? I'm first lady, OK?" Well this clearly didn't sit well with Melania because her communications director, Stephanie Grisham, released a very poignantly worded statement shortly after the interview (via CNN.)  "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," the statement read, noting, "There is clearly no substance to this statement from an ex, this is unfortunately only attention-seeking and self-serving noise." Yikes.

In her 2017 book, Ivana said that Donald Trump thought she was too successful to be Mrs. Trump

We love a woman who knows her worth, and Ivana Trump knew just how much she benefited the Trump Organization and, furthermore, Donald Trump's image. She served as a senior executive for seven years and even was the president of Trump's Castle located in Atlantic City (via And according to her, she knows just how much strength she added to her ex-husband's brand, and she claimed in an interview with Time that "it wouldn't have happened without her." 

As she grew in her stature and success, overseeing casinos and Trump Plaza, her marriage began to crumble — and she has an idea as to why. "I think Donald probably felt a little bit jealous of my success. And I felt it," she told Time. "There was nothing really he could do. He saw how much profit I made, so he would never fire me from Atlantic City. He would never fire me from Plaza Hotel because I did such a great job. And maybe he resented it a little bit." 

She later wrote in her book Raising Trump, "In our marriage there couldn't be two stars. So one of us had to go."

Ivana Trump was clearly hurt after Donald Trump got with Marla Maples

Some wounds still feel fresh, and it's clear the Ivana Trump still holds some animosity towards Donald Trump's second wife, Marla Maples. The pair were finally divorced in 1990, after months of speculations that their marriage was in turmoil, as Donald had been seen with Maples earlier in the year. As noted by The New York Times at the time, "cruel and inhuman treatment by Mr. Trump was cited as the grounds for the uncontested divorce" and that Ivana had endured "anxiety and sleeplessness" due to the media attention her then-husband and Maples garnered. 

Maples is a model and actress, but that doesn't stop Ivana from calling her by this nickname: "the showgirl." In an interview with Time in 2017, Ivana still referred to Donald's second wife and mother of daughter Tiffany by the nickname, and she even recalled some rather messy interactions during her divorce from Donald. As noted during the interview, Donald threatened to take Don Jr. away from Ivana, but she quickly retaliated. "Very often he doesn't mean that," she told Time. "He has said silly things."

Ivana Trump is just as sick of the dramatic 2020 presidential election as we are

It seems like most people grew tired of the 2020 presidential election before it even began. Now that's it's over (to an extent — as of publication, President Donald Trump has yet to concede to President-Elect Joe Biden), Ivana Trump is sharing her thoughts on the whole ordeal. 

In October 2020, the president's first wife revealed that she thought her ex-husband would win reelection come November. "He will win," she told People. "There's no question about it." But now that he's lost, Ivana wants the whole election and all the drama that went with it to be left in the dust. "I just want this whole thing to be over with, one way or the other," Ivana told People in another interview. "I really don't care." 

A close source to the Trump team told People that there is "chaos" among Donald's immediate family, and "that they haven't fully realized the election results because 'nobody was expecting it.'" The source called the whole election ordeal a "headache," clearly a sentiment that Ivana has echoed. If one thing is clear, Ivana is ready for the 2020 election to be over. Aren't we all?

Donald Trump's ex-wife can't wait until their three children can have normal lives

Despite the whirlwind drama that always seems to encapsulate the Trump family, Ivana Trump can't wait until her kids are out of politics and out of the White House. "I just want them to be able to live their normal lives — normal lives," Ivana told People. "Not the Washington life and all that, just in New York or wherever they're going to be and just live their normal lives." 

The businesswoman and mom of three said that she thought her children were doing "fine" as they occupied their roles in the White House, but she's ready for them to move on. 

"I think they enjoyed being around Donald and running the election and seeing what will happen, but now it is — thank god — over," she continued. "I'm not really sure what they are going to be up to." According to Refinery29, Ivanka Trump might already have a primetime cable show or a slot as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars for when she leaves the White House. We'll just have to wait and see what happens.

Ivana thinks that Donald Trump will say goodbye to politics after the presidency

There is speculation as to what Donald Trump will do when he leaves the White House. He is the first incumbent president to lose reelection since George H.W. Bush, and with that legacy comes uneasy political footing. According to the BBC, Donald has a couple options — he could return to the Trump Organization, make his way back to television, or even try to run for a second term come 2024. 

But as far as Ivana Trump sees it, she thinks the one-term president will retire from politics. "I don't think he has a choice," Ivana told People. "He's going to go down to Palm Beach and play golf and live the normal life, I think. This is the best choice for what he can do." Presidential retirement doesn't sound too bad either. As noted by the BBC, former presidents get a lot of perks, including a pension of over $200,000 a year, a lifetime of Secret Service protection, health benefits, and traveling expenses. 

"He has plenty of money, places to go and live in and enjoy his life," Ivana said. Sounds like his mind has been made up for him.

Donald Trump's first wife thinks her ex-husband is "not a good loser"

The following might not sit well with Donald Trump, who has a thin skin, as noted by the BBC: Ivana Trump thinks he is a sore loser, something that has come into focus in the 2020 election aftermath. "He's not a good loser," she told People. "He doesn't like to lose, so he's going to fight and fight and fight." 

As of this publication, Donald hasn't acknowledged that he lost reelection to President-Elect Joe Biden, and he has gone out of his way to make unsupported claims that there was mass voter fraud. (Reporters from The New York Times called officials in every state and asked about voter fraud. There is no evidence to suggest that voter fraud took place.) Ivana made it clear that Donald should accept the results, but it will be one of the worst experiences for him. "He has to go and declare that he lost. But he hates to be a loser, that I'm sure of," she said. "But if he loses, he loses." 

Donald's refusal of defeat is something that Ivana has experienced personally. "Donald during the divorce was brutal," Ivana has said, as noted by CNN. "He took the divorce as a business deal and he cannot lose, he has to win."

This is what Ivana thinks of Donald Trump's comments about other countries

Donald Trump has said some pretty offensive statements during his time in office, as noted by PoliticoBut despite the racially charged comments he has made, Ivana Trump does not think her ex-husband is racist. 

After Donald called Haiti, El Salvador, and other African nations by a racially charged slur, he came under intense fire, but his ex-wife defended him. In an interview with Good Morning Britain, Ivana said that he often makes "silly" comments, as noted by the Independent. "Sometimes he says things that are silly," she said, before adding that she doesn't think her ex would "do anything irrational." She went on, saying, "When he tweets it's out of his mouth, and sometimes it might not be clear, but at least it is exactly what he thinks." 

Well, others did not take well to what Donald was thinking. UN Human Rights spokesman Rupert Colville thought of the president's characterization as "racist," but clearly Ivana didn't agree.

Ivana Trump said that her ex-husband has no idea how to interact with his children

It's hard to get a read on whether or not Ivana Trump likes her ex-husband or not. In one breath, she defends his policies, and in another, she says he has no idea how to be a father. In an interview with AM970's The Answer, Ivana said that Donald "did not know how to speak the children's language" and wasn't really able to talk to them until they were in college (via the Independent). She even echoed the sentiment in an interview with Time.  "He was not the kind of father who would be able to speak to them ... when they were six years old, eight years old," she said. "He was able to communicate with them by the time they were in university, when they could go and talk the business with each other." 

Well, it seems clear that Donald doesn't have the best skills with kids even now. As noted by NBC News, the president made odd comments to children who came by the White House on Halloween in 2017, telling one of the little kids, "You have no weight problems — that's the good news, right?" Ok then...

Ivana Trump thinks that the credit for raising her children belongs to her, not Donald Trump

In her book Raising Trump, Ivana Trump flat-out said that the credit for raising her kids — and raising them well — belongs to her. 

"Some people — including Hillary Clinton — consider [the kids] to be Donald Trump's finest accomplishments," Ivana wrote, as noted by Time. "I believe the credit for raising such great kids belongs to me." And despite the very messy public blunders that her children have made while in the White House — think Ivanka's fashion line violating over 20 international standards — Ivana claimed that people in the street have asked her what she did to raise such good kids. 

"When Donald started to campaign, he was going on the debates, and [the kids] were going with him to rallies, people came to know them," Ivana told Time. "On the street and in the airport, total strangers were coming to me and they'd say, 'Ivana, how did you do it, to raise such a fabulous kid?'" We'll see how warmly the welcomes are to the Trump kids once they leave the White House.

Ivana Trump addressed the allegations she's made against her ex-husband

When the topic of sexual assault comes up in reference to Donald Trump, it's a grave subject. As noted by Business Insider, 26 women have accused the president of sexual misconduct, ranging from harassment to unwanted sexual encounters. The Access Hollywood tape in which Donald brags about being able to make advances on women because of his social standing is still infamous (via The Washington Post), and as of October 2020, Donald continues to be the defendant of a rape defamation suit filed by E. Jean Carroll, a former columnist who claims that he attacked her in a New York City department store, as reported by NBC News

For some time, Ivana had claims of sexual assault at the hands of her husband circling around her relationship with Donald, but she used an interview with Time to clear up her side of the story. "That was all just the lawyers' talk," Ivana said. So what exactly was claimed? Well in a deposition, it was reportedly stated that Donald had raped her, according to Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump, as reported by Daily Beast. It was reportedly an aspect of their divorce that they both wanted to keep private during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Ivana made some waves when she publicly agreed with Donald Trump's comments on immigration

Like Donald Trump's current wife, Melania, Ivana Trump is an immigrant to the United States. So it came as a surprise when she agreed with her ex-husband's hardened perspective on immigration once he became president. As noted by Time, Ivana had become desensitized to the issue of immigration after spending time in Europe. 

"There are millions and millions of immigrants, which are coming from Syria," she told the magazine. "They don't have education. They don't know our culture. They don't know how to dress to fit in. And so it's a disaster." She also echoed support of her ex-husband's efforts to build a border wall between the United States and Mexico. 

The comments were shocking given Ivana's own immigration story. She later told People that she has "no problem" with immigrants coming to the United States, but doubled down on her previously shared thoughts. "I have absolutely no problem with the immigrants, but they have to come to the country legally," she told People. "They have to get a job, they have to pay taxes like the rest of Americans and just live and be well and just [mesh] into the society."

Ivana is confident she could've fixed Donald Trump's White House

Donald Trump's White House has seen some drama — from his impeachment trial to the backlash Melania Trump received over her dramatically red Christmas decorations in 2018 — the news coming out of the White House has been nonstop. And according to Ivana Trump, she could have fixed all of it. 

"Could I straighten out the White House in 14 days? Of course," she told Time. "Can I go and give the speech without a teleprompter for 45 minutes? Of course. Can I entertain? Of course I can entertain. But it is just not something I would like to do," she concluded. But it's safe to conclude that Ivana clearly thinks she could have handled the White House better. 

She went on to say that she has even turned down political offers because she simply doesn't have the interest. She told Time that Miloš Zeman, the Czech president, asked her if she would ever consider being the American ambassador — something that even Donald was on board with himself. But she ultimately said no, given that she enjoys her life so much as it is.

Ivana thought that Donald Trump was "careless" when it came to COVID-19

When asked about her ex-husband's approach to COVID-19 (which he eventually contracted himself), Ivana Trump said that he was "careless." According to People, Ivana kept in contact with her three children while Donald was being treated for the illness, saying that it was a very difficult time. 

"I spoke to all my kids and they, of course, are worried," she said, but went on to say that her husband should have been more careful. "He didn't think it would happen to him," she concluded. Of course, it is now known that Donald downplayed the severity of COVID-19, even after he found out just how dangerous the illness is. Even so, Ivana said that she was surprised when she found out that he had gotten sick given that he is "the cleanest, healthiest person." Her words, not ours.

"I just hope he's going to get out of it and be healthy," Ivana later told People. "But who knows what will happen, because I don't know anything about this virus and nobody else does and nobody knows how to cure it." As we know, Donald did recover and made quite the show when he returned to the White House.