Finally someone asked Ivana Trump about the man she named The Donald. She spilled the beans.
From the New York Post:
After less than a year, the two married, in 1977, and went on to have three children together: Donald Jr., now 38, Ivanka, 34, and Eric, 32. Donald hired his wife to work within his Trump Organization. She was crowned vice president of interior design, eventually becoming president of the Trump’s Castle casino resort, in Atlantic City, and later of the Plaza hotel.
“I’d get up at 6 and read newspapers, and then I went to 63rd Street to the helicopter pad and flew to Atlantic City. I could come back 5 or 6 ... Then we’d watch ‘Dallas’ and ‘Dynasty.’ ”
Ivana says Donald’s faith in her business acumen is proof of his respect for women. “When people ask, I say that behind every successful woman is a man in shock. And it’s true, so I think Donald knew that I could achieve.
“He gave me the chance. I came [to America] and I was a poor person. I had a sense of style so he put me in charge of interior design of the Grand Hyatt Hotel. I was seven months pregnant and going up the steps, making sure everything was on the schedule.”
“Speaking of America, Donald’s on the phone,” interrupts Dorothy, Ivana’s longtime assistant and her kids’ former nanny. Ivana excuses herself.Gossip columnist Liz Smith said Ivana dubbed Trump The Donald. Theirs was an acrimonious divorce which dominated the New York tabloids in the 1990s, and nearly bankrupted him. That the two even talk to one another after all that is a sign of maturity the pundits deny.
And no he did not go bankrupt. He went to bankruptcy court four times to avoid bankruptcy. Each time he reorganized the company involved, and reduced the vigorish on his debt.
Vigorish is the correct term. He took risks. He gambled on his business acumen. he won. That argument that he would have been better putting his "inheritance" in a stock index fun? That is Mother Jones idiocy. He inherited $40 million to $50 million in 1999. That would be worth less than $100 million today.
He took his family business in the 1970s and increased its value 100-fold to 200-fold in 40 years. Trump employs 34,000 people worldwide.
From the Post:
“Donald took the divorce as a businessman. And he had to negotiate and he had to win,” says Ivana. “Once the financial part was settled, we’re friendly.”
She had custody of the children, but he saw them often.
“Once [the children] were the age of 21 and out of the university, I said, ‘Donald, this is the final product, now you deal with it.’ ” She still oversaw the kids’ monthly allowance, though. “Sometimes they’d say, ‘But I have this Arab friend who drives a Ferrari! And is in Armani suits and gets $20,000! And I get $1,500 dollars a month!’ And I said, ‘You know what, the money doesn’t fall from the trees,’ ” says Ivana, who foresees her children running the family business if Donald is in the White House.
As for Donald’s current wife, Ivana thinks Melania will “be OK” as first lady. “She’s going to adapt just fine,” says Ivana, who is friendly with Melania. “She never did anything wrong to me. I wish them all the best.”Trump is the imperfect messenger with the perfect message: Make America Great Again. He cheated on his first wife.
So did Reagan.
You can look it up.