Ivana Trump denied her ex-husband is racist on Monday, after he reportedly called Haiti and African nations “shithole countries.”
“I don’t think Donald is racist at all,” Trump’s first wife told “Good Morning Britain.” “Sometimes he says these things which are silly, or he doesn’t really mean them … but he’s definitely not racist, I’m sure of that.”
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Ivana suggested Donald Trump isn’t responsible for the comment because he’s surrounded by people who create talking points for him. “He has so many people telling him left and right what to say and what not to say and things like that, and sometimes maybe it gets confusing,” she said.
“Who knows, he has so many people telling him left and right what to say and what not to say and things like that, and sometimes maybe it gets confusing—I honestly don’t know,” she said.
Donald Trump’s former wife also said she had never been treated badly during the pair’s marriage, insisting thing were only nasty when there were lawyers involved and stating that once the financial aspect of their divorce had been agreed upon, the pair became friends.
Her comments come following a difficult weekend for the president, who was accused of racism after allegedly commenting during a White House meeting: “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” while discussing Haiti, El Salvador and several African countries.
Trump reportedly said, “Why do we need more Haitians?” according to people familiar with the meeting. “Take them out,” he said, according to The Washington Post.
Donald Trump has denied the claims, while his allies have insisted variously that he did not use the word “shithole,” and is in no way racist.
Ivana Trump, who was married to Donald Trump from 1977 to 1992 and has three children with him, Ivanka, Donald Jr. and Eric, also defended the president against allegations that he’s losing his grip on reality. She repeated Trump’s own words that he is a “very stable genius” who is more than capable of running the country.
She was married to him for 15 years and brought up three of his children – but what does Ivana Trump really think of @realDonaldTrump?
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) January 15, 2018