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Donald Trump’s first wife, Ivana still has some influence over the billionaire, she says.
In fact, according to her latest interview, she’s the reason the Republican presidential front-runner didn’t run sooner.
“Probably five years before our divorce, Reagan or somebody brought him a letter and said, ‘You should run for president,’ ” she told The New York Post during an interview at her seven-floor Upper East Side townhouse.
“So he was thinking about it. But then . . . there was the divorce, there was the scandal, and American women loved me and hated him,” she said, referring to the candidate’s infidelity with second wife Marla Maples, which also ended in divorce. “So there was no way that he would go into [politics] at that point, but he was always tooling around with the idea.”
Since that infidelity leading to the 1991 split up, Ivana and her former husband have mended fences — to the point where she, an avowed conservative, is acting as both adviser and one of his most vocal cheerleaders.
“I suggest a few things,” she said of her role as advisor.
“We speak before and after the appearances and he asks me what I thought,” the 67-year-old Ivana.
That advice includes “be more calm.” She added that the motto, “You think it, I say it,” came from her.
“But Donald cannot be calm,” she admitted. “He’s very outspoken. He just says it as it is.”
And that’s why she believes he would make a terrific commander-in-chief.
“He’s no politician. He’s a businessman. He knows how to talk. He can give an hour speech without notes . . . He’s blunt.”
She told something has to be done because America has lost its standing among nations.
“We have to get it back,” she told the Post.
The first step to restoring America’s rightful place in the world, in her opinion, is adopting Trump’s no-nonsense immigration policy. “And I’m an immigrant,” she noted.
“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 lowered her hand to 4 inches above floor. “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.”
Finally she put to rest the “small hands” and other body parts issue raised by Sen. Marco Rubio earlier in the campaign.
“If there was a problem there, Donald would not have five kids,” she reasoned.
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