Revealing Details About Melania’s Ongoing Feud With Ivana Trump

First lady Melania Trump is talked about often, whether it’s questioning her relationship with her husband, complimenting her parenting skills, or analyzing her high-end fashion choices. However, one woman who has also had a few things to say about Melania Trump is Donald Trump’s first wife, Ivana Trump. Here’s everything we know about the feud between the two wives.

Melania Trump is the ‘new and improved’ Ivana Trump

Donald Trump and then-girlfriend Melania Knauss, 2002.

Melania is 20 years younger than Ivana. | MATT CAMPBELL/AFP/Getty Images

There is likely a lot of jealousy on Ivana Trump’s end. After all, she was Donald Trump’s first wife. He cheated on her with Marla Maples — and ended up marrying Maples. Then, he met the super-young Melania Trump, who probably made his first wife feel extremely inferior as well. When your husband’s new wife is a former model and 20 years younger than you, it’s no surprise there could be a few hard feelings.

Next: Ivana Trump had harsh words for the first lady. 

Ivana Trump belittled Melania’s ability to be the first lady

Ivana Trump

Ivana Trump is no fan of Melania. | JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images

In a 2017 Vanity Fair article, it was reported that Ivana Trump had choice words for Melania Trump at a 2015 event. “Yes, but the problem is, what is he going to do with his third wife? She can’t talk, she can’t give a speech, she doesn’t go to events, she doesn’t seem to want to be involved,” Ivana Trump said. Ivana Trump might have a point — the first lady tends to fly under the radar. This has lead the media to believe she might not spend as much time at the White House as she should.

Next: Ivana Trump said this about herself. 

Ivana Trump later referred to herself as the first lady

Donald Trump

Is Ivana the real first lady? | Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images

When Ivana Trump was promoting her book, she referred to herself as the first lady. “…I don’t want to cause any kind of jealousy or something like that, because I’m basically first trump wife… I’m first lady,” Ivana Trump said. It sent shockwaves through Melania Trump’s team, and fans of the first lady were not happy with Ivana Trump’s comments. Ivana Trump also said she has a direct number to the White House and speaks to her former husband once every couple of weeks, ABC News reported.

Next: Melania Trump’s team immediately responded to Ivana Trump’s comments. 

Melania Trump’s spokesperson called Ivana Trump ‘attention-seeking’

Donald and Melania Trump

Melania brushed off Ivana’s claims. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The “first lady” comment did not go over well with the real first lady. Her team quickly responded to Ivana Trump’s brazen statements. “She plans to use her title and role to help children, not sell books,” Melania Trump’s team said about the first lady. Melania Trump’s spokesperson, Stephanie Grisham, referred to Trump’s former wife as an attention-seeking ex.

Next: Ivana Trump rephrased her comment, but didn’t take it back. 

Ivana Trump then claimed her comment was misinterpreted

She says she was misquoted. | Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images

When Melania Trump’s team snapped back at Ivana Trump’s comments, Ivana Trump made a statement saying she had no idea why Melania Trump was so offended. “She is first lady of America, but I’m first lady Trump,” Ivana told Wendy Williams. Ivana Trump claimed she was referring to the fact that she was Donald Trump’s first wife. She also said she never referred to herself as the first lady of America, and Melania needed to “get over it.”

Next: Ivana Trump implied her own first lady skills would be better than Melania Trump’s. 

… But she said she’d be a great first lady

The Trumps in happier times. | Swerzey/AFP/Getty Images

Ivana Trump told ABC News that she would be able to perform her duties perfectly if she were the first lady. She bragged about her excellent speech-making skills. She also said she is a wonderful negotiator and entertainer, and that she’d be able to get the White House straightened up in just two weeks. Ivana said she’d never want to be a first lady because she likes her freedom too much. “I think for [Melania Trump] to be in Washington must be terrible [for her],” Ivana Trump said.

Next: But Donald Trump’s former wife claims she respects Melania Trump. 

Ivana Trump said Melania Trump is like family

Ivana says Melania is part of the family. | Grant Lamos IV/Getty Images

Around the same time the “first lady” comments aired, Ivana Trump sent Melania Trump a text saying she’d never speak badly of her. The text explained that Ivana Trump considers the first lady a part of her family. “I don’t say anything bad or do anything back to the family member,” Ivana Trump told Fox News. However, the interview was recorded before Ivana Trump’s touchy “first lady” interview aired. The question still remains about whether Donald Trump’s first and third wives actually get along.

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