2020-09-14 16:26:09 UTC
*Czech-born businesswoman Ivana, 71, New York, married Donald Trump in 1977
*Divorced in 1990 but says she can speak to US president 'whenever she wants'
*She outraged Loose Women viewers with comments about US immigration
*Believes Donald has achieved 'so much' with immigration throughout presidency
Donald Trump's ex-wife Ivana Trump has been branded a 'bigoted embarrassment'
for her 'disturbing' comments on US immigration today.
Czech-born businesswoman Ivana, 71, who lives in New York, married Donald Trump
in 1977, and while the pair divorced in 1990, the former model claims she is
able to speak to the President at 'any time'.
Appearing on morning show Loose Women, she said she is 'very proud' of her
former partner, particularly for 'all he has achieved with immigration',
insisting that all who migrate to America should 'enter legally'.
She then went on to rant about US immigrants 'not dressing Americanly' once in
the country, while accusing some of 'not having a job, stealing and raping
Ivana grew up in Czechoslovakia and moved to Canada in September 1973. She met
Trump at a modeling event in New York City in 1976, and they married in April
The couple's first son, Donald Trump Jr, was born later that year in December.
They welcomed their daughter Ivanka in 1981 and then their son Eric in 1984.
All three of the children were born in New York, making them US citizens. Ivana
was legally living in the country at the time, but she didn't become a US
citizen until 1988.
Donald Trump's first wife was born Ivana Zelníèková in Zlín, Czechoslovakia.
She took up skiing at the age of four, and encouraged by her father, she
progressed to join the junior national ski team and through the sport, she had
the opportunity to travel beyond the Soviet-era communist boundaries of what was
then the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic.
She moved to Prague for a masters degree in physical education, and while
studying she married her friend Alfred Winklmayr in 1971, despite dating another
man, Jiøi Syrovatka, since 1967.
The marriage was purely to facilitate getting an Austrian passport so that she
could leave Communist Czechoslovakia without defection.
It mean she could retain the right to return to visit her parents, and her
passport came through in 1972 - the same year as she completed her masters.
The following year, she obtained an absentee divorce from Alfred Winklmayr in
Los Angeles, where he had moved to teach skiing.
She then started a relationship with the lyricist and playwright Jiøi Staidl who
was killed in a car accident in 1973.
After his death, Ivana moved to Canada to live with Jiøi Syrovatka, who had
defected and owned a ski boutique in Montreal.
She lived in Montreal for two years where she continued to improve her English
by taking night courses at McGill University and also worked as a model and a
In 1976, she met Donald Trump in New York on a modelling trip.
The married and had three children, and she became a naturalized US citizen in
Viewers were outraged by her comments, with one calling the outburst
'disturbing', while another called the mother-of-three an 'embarrassing bigot'.
When asked whether she is proud of her ex husband, she said: 'Very proud, he was
my husband of 15 years, I wish him all the best.
'I see he can do a great job, he is pro everything which I believe in. He is
Republican and so am I. He has achieved so much - especially with immigration.
'I am an immigrant, and I have no problem with the immigrants, but they must
come into the country legally and get a job and pay taxes like the rest of the
Americans and just live and and be part of society.
'There are some people who don't even dress Americanly, they dress whatever they
dress in and they don't get a job and they steal and they rape the women and
that is not the idea.'
When asked whether she felt her view on immigration could be perceived as
inhumane, she went on: 'It is inhumane, but everybody has to pick themselves up.
'They have to properly, apply for the visa so they can come to America and cross
the border properly and get a job, have a house, start a family.'
Host Jane Moore interjected: 'But those opportunities are very few and far
between nowadays aren't they?'
'They are, but the people who will prevail, the people who want to work will
prevail, the people who want to get food stamps and sleep on the benches, this
is what we don't want.'
Viewers were quick to take to Twitter to rage at the conversation, with one
writing: 'Ivana Trump omg!! Her remarks on immigration absolutely disturbing.'
Another said: 'Ivana Trump on @loosewomen just now saying immigrants don't even
'dress American and they steal and rape the woman' comes as a massive shock
(NOT!!) that she's a bigoted embarrassment just like her ex husband.'
During the interview, Ivana was asked how often she is able to speak with the
president, with whom she has three children Eric, 36, Ivanka, 38, and Donald
She replied: 'I can speak to him any time.'
Ivana revealed that while she and Donald had a rocky relationship following
their divorce, they have since become 'very good friends'.
'It took about two years until our prenuptial agreement was finalised and we
split whatever we had to split,' she said.
'We spoke about our kids - we have three wonderful kids to raise. They needed
people to look after them and guide them and so after that we became very good
However, she admitted that she never speaks to his current wife Melania, 50, who
she referred to as his 'ex wife', because she doesn't like to be 'involved with
his private life'.
'I speak directly to Mr President,' said Ivana, 'I don't get involved with his
private life, we speak about our children but I don't give him advice. I tell
him what I think is right and wrong but we don't speak about ex wives.'
When asked whether she felt Melania is a good First Lady, she said: 'I am not
sure, she's very quiet and she doesn't go to too many places. She goes when she
has to go but she's quiet.'
Ivana was also asked if her daughter Ivanka could follow in her father's
footsteps and become president one day.
'Definitely,' she said, adding: 'I think she's in the White House every day,
she's next to her father every day, she knows all that is going around... I
think she could be one day the first woman president, definitely. She's smart as
hell, she's beautiful.'