Ivana Trump calls herself first lady  

10:43 • 10.10.17

President Donald Trump's first wife, Ivana Trump, called herself "first lady" in an interview Monday ahead of the release of her memoir, "Raising Trump."

Now his current wife, first lady Melania Trump, is firing back, slamming her comments as "attention-seeking and self-serving noise", the CNN reports

Trump boasted of having the "direct number" to her ex-husband at the White House, telling ABC News she talks to the President about once every 14 days.

"I have the direct number to White House but I don't really want to call him there because Melania is there and I don't really want to cause any kind of jealousy or something like that because I'm basically first Trump wife, OK? I'm first lady, OK?" she told ABC, laughing.

The current and only first lady fired back via a sharply-worded statement to CNN from her communications director,  Stephanie Grisham.

"Mrs. Trump has made the White House a home for Barron and the President. She loves living in Washington, DC, and is honored by her role as first lady of the United States. She plans to use her title and role to help children, not sell books," Grisham said, adding, "There is clearly no substance to this statement from an ex, this is unfortunately only attention-seeking and self-serving noise."

The statement is a stunning departure for Melania Trump, who, until Monday, had largely stayed above the fray, isolating herself from negativity and critics.

She has refrained from wading into news-of-day debates and controversy, focusing on son Barron, 11, and working to develop her platform as first lady. When her husband's ex-wife's book comes out on Tuesday, she will be traveling to West Virginia, where she will visit with infants affected by opioid addiction.

Though the first lady has previously said she has a "thick skin" and isn't bothered by criticism, it is clear that Ivana Trump's comments struck a nerve.

Ivana and Donald couple divorced in 1992 following his tabloid affair with Marla Maples.

Ivana Trump, who is the mother of the President's three eldest children, Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric, does not refer to the President's second wife, Marla Maples, by name in the new book, which comes out Tuesday, only calling her "showgirl."

"Donald during the divorce was brutal. He took the divorce as a business deal and he cannot lose, he has to win," Trump said, adding that they are now "friends."



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