"I think for her to be in Washington must be bad", she said. They've been photographed together before on more than one occasion, and Melania reportedly attended Ivana's 2008 wedding to Rossano Rubicondi, which was held at Trump's Palm Beach estate Mar-a-Lago.
She says "my platform" a lot more, too.
The mother of Trump's oldest three children repeated the "showgirl" put-down on Good Morning America Monday while plugging her new book, Raising Trump. That is where she was born and raised but she turned him down.
The statement has since warranted a response from the first lady's office. "She plans to use her title and role to help children, not sell books", the statement read.
Whatever, the case, this is certainly a first in American history.
"Donald was on the telephone making the deals", she said.
She offered faux sympathy for Melania Trump, saying "I think for her to be in Washington must be awful". She later pulled leeks from the ground and clipped an artichoke from a nearby plant. "I'm first lady, ok?"
She was rarely seen in the weeks after the inauguration, and was usually at Trump's side when she did appear in public.
Ivana said she has no interest in being first lady of the United States, but would love to be "First Mother".
Ivana said that she would make an excellent first lady herself, but that she would be loathe to give up her "freedom" and "perfect life".
Others attribute the first lady's more visible, though still low, profile to her satisfaction that her only child is OK after the big move. "And if you want to get your words across rightly, without telling The New York Times, which is going to twist every single word of yours, this is how you get your message out, '" Trump said she told her ex-husband.
"I [don't] really want to call him there, because Melania is there".
With Washington's politics stuck in perpetual partisan muck, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump have reportedly begun trying to solve issues by inviting the swamp in for some down-home cooking.
It's typical for first ladies to be more popular than their husbands, who are called upon to sound off on a host of hard issues. After divorcing his first wife, Mr. Trump married Marla Maples in 1993.
She writes, "This young blonde woman approached me out of the blue and said 'I'm Marla and I love your husband".
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Paddock's girlfriend, who was out of the country at the time of Sunday's shooting, said she had no idea he was planning an attack. Authorities still have no idea what caused retired accountant and chronic gambler Stephen Paddock to snap.