Donald Trump remembers the “good life” of his ex-wife Ivana Trump : NPR


Former President Donald Trump, Melania Trump, Barron Trump, Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump leave St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church in New York City following Ivana Trump’s funeral on Wednesday.

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Donald Trump remembers the "good life" of his ex-wife Ivana Trump : NPR

Former President Donald Trump, Melania Trump, Barron Trump, Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump leave St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church in New York City following Ivana Trump’s funeral on Wednesday.

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NEW YORK — Ivana Trump, the 1980s style icon and businesswoman who helped Donald Trump build the empire that put him on the road to the White House, lived a “good life,” the former president recalled as his loved ones paid their last respects on Wednesday. .

The ex-president joined all of his children, an array of other relatives and friends at a Manhattan church for Ivana Trump’s funeral.

“A very sad day, but at the same time a celebration of a wonderful and beautiful life,” he wrote on his social media platform, Truth Social, before he, former first lady Melania Trump and their son, Barron did head to St. Vincent. Ferrer Catholic Church.

Ivana and Donald Trump’s three children – Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric – stood with their father and their families as the golden casket was carried from St. Vincent Ferrer Roman Catholic Church in Manhattan. Eric Trump briefly slung an arm around his sister’s shoulders as she held the hand of one of his grandchildren, who held a red flower.

Tiffany Trump, the former president’s daughter and his second wife, Marla Maples, also attended the service, as did family friends including Jeanine Pirro, co-host of Fox News’ “The Five,” and Charles Kushner, a real estate developer. and the father of Ivanka Trump’s husband, Jared Kushner. Fashion designer Dennis Basso, a longtime friend of Ivana Trump, was also among the mourners.

The mass was “an elegant and wonderful send-off for Ivana Trump,” her longtime friend R. Couri Hay said as she walked out.

Trump’s family announced Thursday that the 73-year-old woman died at her Manhattan home. Authorities said the death was an accident, with blunt force injuries to the torso as the cause.

Ivana and Donald Trump met in the 1970s and were married from 1977 to 1992. By the 1980s they were a power couple, and she became well known in her own right, instantly recognizable with her blonde hair in a bun and her glamorous look.

Ivana Trump has also been involved in her husband’s business, running one of his Atlantic City casinos and choosing some of the design elements for New York’s Trump Tower.

Their very public divorce was ugly, but for the past few years they had been friends. Ivana Trump was an enthusiastic supporter of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and said they spoke regularly.


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