The Most Surprising Things Donald Trump’s Ex-Wives Have Said About Him

We know more about Donald and Melania Trump’s marriage than we likely would have if he’d decided not to run for president. We haven’t had many divorced presidents — it’s not just his current marriage in the spotlight, but his past relationships, too. There’s a lot we still don’t know about Donald Trump’s ex-wives.

Trump has been married three times. His two ex-wives, Ivana Trump and Marla Maples, have been interviewed about the reality TV star-turned-U.S.-president on multiple occasions. Most of their comments aren’t as negative as you might expect.

‘He knows how to get what he wants’

Marla Maples smiling at a fashion show.

Marla Maples had a surprising thing to say about her ex-husband. | Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Marla Maples, Donald Trump’s second wife, told Access Hollywood her ex-husband “knows how to get what he wants.” She acknowledged that there was a lot the two didn’t agree on, but when they first met, she did admire that about him.

Next: Trump’s “first” lady busted a myth about racism.

He’s ‘definitely not racist’

Ivana Trump with her ex-husband, Donald Trump.

She doesn’t seem to think her husband is racist. | Swerzey/AFP/Getty Images

Ivana Trump, Donald Trump’s first wife, said on Good Morning Britain in early 2018 that her ex-husband is “definitely not racist.” Rather, she doesn’t believe he is. The way he discusses immigration — and the language he uses to describe people from different countries — is just him saying “silly” things, she said.

Next: She also complimented his impressive organization skills.

Also, he’s a ‘stable genius’

Donald Trump sitting with Ivana Trump.

She’s had some very unique compliments for Donald. | Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images

When asked to comment on the president’s behavior, his first wife often keeps her comments civil. Ivana Trump said her ex-husband is “very focused [and] very organized.” She called him a genius, and stated she didn’t believe he would “do anything irrational.”

Next: This is what Trump’s ex-wife thinks about his tweets.

His tweets aren’t that bad

Ivana Trump sitting at a fashion show.

She approves of the things he tweets out. | Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images

Ivana Trump is just as aware of Donald’s tweets as the rest of us — but she doesn’t think they’re as bad as “the media” says. She acknowledged on the talk show that he likely tweets before he thinks, but “at least it is exactly what he thinks” whether it’s always fully comprehendible or not.

Next: She doesn’t like the way he talks about their kids.

He gets too much credit for raising his kids

Ivana Trump posing with her two sons and daughter at the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital event.

She wants the credit for raising their three children. | Grant Lamos IV/Getty Images

Donald and Ivana Trump have three children together — Eric, Ivanka, and Donald Jr. Even though many give him praise for their success, their mother wrote, “I believe the credit for raising such great kids belongs to me.”

Next: This probably isn’t a word most people would use to describe the president.

He’s ‘vulnerable’

Donald Trump sits at a table.

Marla Maples apparently witnessed his sensitive side.  | Scott Olson/Getty Images

Maples also told Access Hollywood that she saw Donald Trump as “vulnerable” when the two first started dating. Like many public figures, Trump is rather secretive — the president of the United States is expected to be. We don’t see what goes on behind closed doors — and maybe weren’t paying as much attention to his relationships with women then as we are now.

Next: Ivana Trump thinks he takes his job very seriously.

He treats the country ‘like a business’

Ivana Trump standing in a gold gown.

Ivana admires her ex-husband’s way of running the country. | Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images

Ivana Trump said her ex-husband is a true businessman — he even “runs the country like a business” as its president. She knew him rather early on in his career, and said he loves to make decisions and deals, and anything that involves a contract.

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