By Judy Kurtz
Ivana Trump is taking credit for rearing her three children with ex-husband Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump on debate microphone: ‘I wonder why it was so bad?’ Clinton gets small bump nationally in post-debate Fox poll Trump had cameo in softcore Playboy porn film in 2000 MORE, saying “I really raised them.”
“I decided on their schooling and everything they did,” Trump, who was married to the GOP presidential front-runner from 1977 until the early '90s, says in an interview this week with The Daily Front Row.
Ivana Trump has three now-grown children with the real estate mogul: Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric Trump.
The Czech Republic-born former model, 66, says she and Trump were on the same page when it came to discipline.
“Donald went along with it, and if I would say ‘no’ to the kids, they would go to their father and say, ‘Daddy, Daddy can we get that and that... ?’ And he would ask, ‘What did mother say?’ They would tell him, ‘Mommy said no,’ so that meant no.”
But after her kids turned 21 and were done with college, Trump says she “gave them” to her ex, telling him, “This is the final product — now it’s your job.”
“So he gave them jobs in the [Trump Organization], which they are thriving in,” she says, calling her kids “very balanced, articulate, and well-educated.”
Although she went through a contentious and public divorce battle, Trump now describes their relationship as friendly.
“He is my best supporter, and Donald is doing great in his campaign,” she says of the former “Celebrity Apprentice” host’s White House bid. “I think he would be a great president.”
She even says she’s offered her former spouse some campaign advice: “I told him to use the slogan, ‘You think it, I say it.’”
“He will negotiate deals,” Trump says, heaping praise on the presidential contender. “He is one of the most dynamic people in the world. He looks presidential, and he talks presidential, and he would make the changes he promises.”