How Ivana Trump Would Compare to Melania Trump as First Lady

Like her ex-husband Donald Trump, Ivana Trump has been known to speak her mind without much reservation. In some ways, she’s the polar opposite of Trump’s third wife Melania Trump, who often remains a quiet mystery.

Here we’ll look at how Ivana would compare to Melania as first lady. See who would have been on more magazine covers as the president’s wife (page 7) and who likely would be more supportive of the president’s social media usage (page 8).

1. Ivana would have escorted Japan’s first lady

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Ivana might have done a better job of entertaining Japan’s first lady. | Kate Bennett via Twitter

Melania was noticeably missing when Japan’s first lady toured Washington D.C. in February 2017. Traditionally, the role of the U.S. first lady is to entertain spouses of visiting foreign dignitaries. Akie Abe toured a nearby university and visited the Japanese embassy without Melania by her side.

Ivana, on the other hand, may have risen up to this occasion. Among other things, she has confidence she could entertain if in the White House.

“Would I straighten up the White House in 14 days? Absolutely. Can I give the speech for 45 minutes without [a] teleprompter? Absolutely. Can I read a contract? Can I negotiate? Can I entertain? Absolutely,” she told ABC News.

Next: How many state dinners would Ivana have hosted?

2. Ivana would probably host a state dinner the first year

Ivana Trump at an art dinner

She loves to host people and be the center of attention. | Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for DuJour

Traditionally, first ladies plan and host state dinners for foreign leaders at the White House. 2017 was the first year in decades without an official state visit. But based on what Ivana has said about entertaining, she would probably have planned and hosted an elaborate feast or two in that first year.

To Melania’s credit, she did plan an elaborate state dinner when hosting French president Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron in April 2018. The first lady dressed up the state dining room with gold place settings and white flowers. She planned the menu, which included dessert with honey from the White House bees.

Next: They’re both immigrants.

3. Ivana might be more vocal about DACA

Ivana Trump at a fashion show

Ivana and Melania are both immigrants, but Donald’s ex seems to have a different view on DACA. | Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images

The Trump administration has announced plans to phase out DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. This Obama-era program protects young, undocumented immigrants from deportation who came to the U.S. as children. Melania, an immigrant, hasn’t spoken out on the issue one way or the other.

However, Ivana — also an immigrant — did address it in an interview: “I’m an immigrant myself … So, I don’t mind immigrants … I would not send probably thousands and thousands of kids who were born here…”

Next: Both enjoy their freedom.

4. Both would feel “stuck” in the White House

Melania Trump looking somber or angry

No wonder she always looks so miserable. | Brendan Smialowski /AFP/Getty Images

It’s been said repeatedly that Melania lives a closely-guarded life in the White House. Brigitte Macron commented on this after visiting in April 2018. The first lady “cannot do anything,” she told Le Monde. “She can’t even open a window at the White House. She can’t stick her nose outside.”

Likewise, Ivana would surely feel strained in such an environment. “Honestly, I prefer that she’s in [the White House rather than me],” she said of Melania. “I like to do what I want to do and like to go wherever I want to go with whomever I want to go.”

Next: Do they want Donald to run again?

5. Both likely don’t think Donald should run again

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump attend a Hanukkah reception in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, December 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Melania seems visibly horrified by the idea of Trump running again. | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

The pressures of being first lady are great, and rumor was Melania cried when her husband won the election in 2016. She transitioned slowly into her new role, staying in New York for several months. Her body language, hand swats, and comment wishing she was on a deserted island all seem to suggest she’d rather be elsewhere. We’d guess she’d be happy heading back to New York after one term.

Ivana unequivocally does not want her ex to run again in 2020. “I don’t think it’s necessary,” she told New York Post. “He has a good life and he has everything. Donald is going to be 74, 73 for the next [election] and maybe he should just go and play golf and enjoy his fortune,” she said.

Next: Causes near to their hearts

6. Pet projects

Ivana Trump at Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research Angel Ball 2017

Ivana at the charity ball in 2017. | Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

Every first lady has one or more special projects which she supports while in the White House. In Melania’s case it’s combating cyberbullying. She recently launched a Be Best awareness campaign dedicated to helping children’s well-being when it comes to social media use and also opioid abuse.

Ivana has been attending charity events for years, often with her daughter, Ivanka Trump. The first Mrs. Trump recently attended a star-studded New York charity ball benefiting the Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation. The organization seeks to improve cancer treatments with reduced toxicity. As a first lady, perhaps Ivana would have chosen cancer research as her pet project, similar to Betty Ford.

Next: Both were models.

7. More magazine covers for Ivana than Melania

Melania magazine covers

Melania doesn’t like to give interviews. | James Wood via Twitter

In April 2018, actor James Woods pointed out on Twitter that no magazines ask Melania — a model — for photoshoots, now that she’s first lady. While some blamed the left-leaning media, Ivana offered another reason: “… she doesn’t speak a lot and the magazines [want to interview someone who talks]. You can speak to me for hours and I talk.”

That’s enough evidence for us: Ivana would have been on more magazine covers than the solitary Vanity Fair Mexico which Melania has modeled for as first lady.

Next: How they respond to the president’s Twitter use

8. Ivana would be more supportive of Donald’s tweets

Melania Be Best Campaign

Her campaign seems in direct opposition to Donald’s actions. | Melania Trump via Twitter

Melania has taken a strong anti-bullying stance, which critics have called ironic, given her husband’s sometimes harsh words about others on Twitter. “I believe together we can make a difference in encouraging positive behaviors on social media,” she said.

In contrast, Ivana seems to feel Trump’s tweets are a positive thing. She said she tells him not to speak as much, but to tweet instead. “If he tweets, the whole world can really get his mind and what is his in mind, and he can tell it in his own words,” she said.

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