Ivana, who was married to the 69-year-old from 1977 to 1992, and shares three of his five children, publicly – and privately – supports the GOP frontrunner, and helps advise him on policy, she claims. “We speak before and after the appearances and he asks me what I thought,” Ivana, 67, says.
Likely, her support comes from past experience: she said that Trump considered a presidential run decades ago.
“Probably five years before our divorce, Reagan or somebody brought him a letter and said, ‘You should run for president,’ ” Ivana told the Post. “So he was thinking about it. But then… there was the divorce, there was the scandal, and American women loved me and hated him. So there was no way that he would go into [politics] at that point. But he was always tooling around with the idea.”
“If there was a problem there, Donald would not have five kids,” Ivana said.
Getting serious, Ivana also issued her take on the potential world leader’s policies, specifically, immigration. Ivana, a Czech Republic native, said that Americans have to embrace Donald’s plan to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.
“I have nothing against Mexicans, but if they [come] here – like this 19-year-old, she’s pregnant, she crossed over a wall that’s this high,” Ivana said, displaying what looked like four-inches. “She gives the birth in American hospital, which is for free. The child becomes American automatically. She brings the whole family, she doesn’t pay the taxes, she doesn’t have a job, she gets the housing, she gets the food stamps. Who’s paying? You and me.”
She continued, “As long as you come here legally and get a proper job… we need immigrants. Who’s going to vacuum our living rooms and clean up after us? Americans don’t like to do that.”
Ivana also touched on Trump’s controversial attitude toward women, noting that she doesn’t think “he’s a feminist.”
“He loves women. But not a feminist,” she said. The Post noted that Ivana’s rep changed their stance on Donald’s feminism several times, ultimately saying that he is a feminist.
Finally, the one-time accessories designer issued her opinion on Donald’s current wife Melania‘s capability to be the First Lady, noting that the former model will “do OK.”
“She’s going to adapt just fine,” Ivana said. “She never did anything wrong to me. I wish them all the best.”
(Melania and Donald met after he had divorced Maples and he told PEOPLE in September that she initially refused to give him her number.)
When asked about potentially being a First Lady, the Slovenian-born model previously said she would “be different” from previous first ladies.
“I’m a much nicer person than people would think, to see me from the outside,” he said.