Some say former President Donald Trump would not have become “The Donald” without his first wife. The Washington Post claimed Ivana Trump “created” Donald. In the ’80s and early ’90s, the Trumps symbolized the glamor of New York City, but tragically, Ivana got far less than she expected when she divorced Donald in 1991. According to the New York Times, the mother-of-three received $14 million, some real estate and $650,000 a year in child support from her billionaire husband. But despite their messy divorce, White House Assistant Omarosa Manigault Newman confirmed Donald received advice from his first wife. Newman told People that Ivana “was one of the few he listened to.”
On July 14, Ivana Trump’s children shared a devastating statement on Instagram announcing her death. “It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Ivana Trump,” they wrote. “Our mother was an incredible woman — a force in business, a world-class athlete, a radiant beauty, and a caring mother and friend.” The New York Post reported that New Yorkers were in mourning and left notes and flowers at her Upper East apartment building Side have left. One note read: “We love you Ivana!!! Thank you for your contribution to New York. Rest in peace.”
As details of Ivana’s funeral were announced, Donald became emotional as he reflected on his life with her.
Donald Trump has been open about his admiration for his ex
According to the New York Post, there will be a celebration of life for Ivana Trump at St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church on the Upper East Side on July 20. Former President Donald Trump is expected to attend his first wife’s funeral as Ivana’s relationship with Donald was close in her later years. Family sources told The New York Post, “Donald spoke to her regularly and sent flowers on every birthday and on other occasions … I was told he was very upset.” There was speculation that the 45th President would attend alone, but the Daily Mail reported that both Donald and Melania Trump arrived in New York City together.
The New York Post’s Cindy Adams spoke to the former Prez, who got emotional while discussing his ex-wife. “She was outstanding. Beautiful inside and out. We started it all, our lives together, with such a great relationship,” he recalled. Donald also revealed what he admired most about her. “That she was different. That she never gave up,” he said. “Nice, yes, but she was also a hard worker. No matter how tough things were or how bad they looked, she never fell. She went from communism to our life together. She didn’t take anything for granted.”
In lieu of flowers, the family asked for donations to Big Dog Ranch Rescue. According to the Florida nonprofit’s website, Ivana “remained unwavering and passionate about her love for animals…we ask that you support Ivana in her mission to help dogs and donate to Big Dog Rescue Ranch.”