The feud between President Donald Trump’s first wife and his current wife has continued, even as Ivana Trump has insisted she has no problem with first lady Melania Trump.
Ahead of the release of her book Raising Trump, Ivana Trump raised Melania’s hackles after she commented, “I’m basically first lady,” and in what seemed to be a conciliatory comment, referred to the actual first lady as a “nice girl.”
In what appeared to kick off the spat between the pair, Ivana told Good Morning America on Monday she avoided calling the White House because she didn’t want to speak to Melania.
“I [don’t] really want to call him there because Melania is there. And I don’t want to cause any kind of jealousy or something like that because I’m basically first Trump wife. OK? I’m [the] first lady,” Ivana said, prompting Melania to issue a statement slamming her husband’s first wife.
Melania suggested the comments from Ivana, who is the mother of the president’s three eldest children and grandmother to his nine grandchildren, were an attempt to promote her new book and described them as "attention seeking and self-serving noise."
But now Ivana claims she does not want any bad blood between the pair, referring to the first lady as a “nice girl” as she made further comments on the relationship between the two.
"I said that she is a very nice girl and it is very tough to be on campaign,” Ivana said in an interview with Fox News that was released on Tuesday after being pre-recorded last week.
Ivana also said she had contacted Melania after hearing reports that she had criticized the first lady’s accent.
"I sent to Melania the text [saying] the last thing I would want to do is say something bad about you, you know, because you are family and I don't say anything bad or do anything back to the family member," she added, defending her initial comments.
The mother of Trump’s eldest children, who suggests in her new book that her daughter Ivanka could one day run for office, also said she would not want to be in Melania’s position.
"I was asked to be an American ambassador to [the] Czech Republic. I told [Donald Trump], I said, you know, if he would ask me 10, 15 years ago I would do it. But now I don't want to be in Prague for four years. Could I do [it] well? Yes. But I will also lose my freedom. So, you know, I'm glad that Melania is there and I'm here," she explained to Fox News.
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