Donald Trump’s flamboyant Czech-born first wife Ivana has plenty of opinions, especially on how much credit she believe she deserves for Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric Trump turning out to be people she regards as remarkably industrious, polite and of high-quality.
“I believe the credit for raising such great kids belongs to me,” gushes Ivana in her new memoir, “Raising Trump,” whose focus is mostly on raising her kids amongst fabulous wealth, after her real estate mogul ex-husband dumped her after 14 years of marriage to marry that “showgirl,” Trump’s mistress Marla Maples.
The key to keeping the Trump heirs on the right track had to do with not indulging them too much — as in not breastfeeding them, apparently — and on imposing strict discipline, Ivana explains in her book.
For example, she spanked Donald Jr. when he was naughty and, as a champion skier, she pushed 3-year-old Eric to keep charging down the slopes even when he was cold and scared. As for Ivanka: Ivana says her elegance is due to the fact that she had her daughter diligently attend ballet classes and art lessons at the Metropolitan Museum.
But in interviews to promote her book, Ivana has often strayed from her main topic and sometimes invited controversy. For example, she ignited a public feud with First Lady Melania Trump when she referred to herself as the “first lady.”
After provoking Melania’s office to issue a statement calling her “attention-seeking” and “self-serving,” Ivana clarified her “first lady” remark — somewhat. In an interview Friday, she said, “I tell you, I’m technically ‘First Lady Trump.’”
“I was first wife. I don’t know what is Melania’s problem,” she continued. “She just have to get over it. She is First Lady of America but I’m First Lady Trump, excuse me, and have three grownup kids.”
Ivana may provoke more controversy with other non-family-related issues, such as sharing her hard-line views on immigration with Time. The fact that she isn’t sympathetic to some people wanting to come to America for a better life is somewhat surprising, given that she herself fled her native Czechoslovakia for a better life in the West.
In fact, Ivana admits she was only able to leave what was then an oppressive, Soviet bloc country through means of a faux marriage to an Austrian friend, which opened her way to eventually immigrate to the United States.
But even if Ivana left under desperate circumstances, she told Time she has little sympathy for people who understandably fear they could die in a civil war or at the hands of a terrorist organization like ISIS.
For example, Ivana doesn’t think the United States should be too welcoming to Syrian refugees. She said she’s seen plenty of these refugees from her time in St. Tropez, where she has a house, or from her yacht as it cruises the Mediterranean.
“There are millions and millions of immigrants, which are coming from Syria,” she told Time. “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.”
It follows that she’s in favor of President Donald Trump’s fabled wall, especially to stop Mexican women from resorting to allegedly deceitful behavior — like she did — to get into the United States and stay.
“What I don’t like is that the Mexican woman who is nine months pregnant crosses over the wall, which is two feet tall, she goes to the hospital, and gives birth to the child, and it becomes automatically American,” she said. “Who is paying for her?”
But back to her kids: Ivana waves off any assertions that they are careless, corrupt or deceitful in their business or political dealings.
For example, she dismisses a recent report by the New Yorker and ProPublica which found that Ivanka and Donald Jr. avoided indictment following a criminal investigation. The Manhattan District Attorney’s office investigated whether the siblings, then working for the president’s Trump Organization, misled buyers at the Trump SoHo condominium building about how many units were sold. Manhattan D.A. Cyrus Vance overruled prosecutors in his office and decided not to pursue a criminal complaint — after Trump’s attorney made sizable donations to his campaign, the New Yorker and ProPublica report said.
But Ivana directly addresses the idea that Donald Jr. could have been involved in colluding with Russia to interfere with the presidential election. She claims Donald Jr. has “zero interest in Russia” because she said she hates Russians from her time in Czechoslovakia.
“They are communists,” she said. “They terrorized my country.”
She told Time that Donald Jr. has “never been in Russia, and they can investigate him as much as they want.”
But as Time points out her maternal loyalty “is endearing if misplaced,” since Trump, Jr., has reportedly been in Russia much more often than his father.
SOURCE The Mercury News