Trump’s Children Have Czech Blood

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To many in the Czech Republic, she is celebrated as a local girl who went on to achieve global celebrity. Now Ivana Trump, President-elect Donald J. Trump’s first wife, says she wants to become ambassador to the Czech Republic, leading some in her homeland to hope that she can inject some glamour into the central European country and burnish its global image.

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Donald was married for a few years in the 1990s to Marla Maples, a television personality, former beauty queen and mother to their daughter Tiffany Trump. The couple met while the businessman was still with his first wife, Czechoslovakian Ivana Zelnickova, who he had married in 1977. They have three children – Ivanka, Eric and eldest child Donald Trump Jr, who, at 38, is eight years younger than his stepmother Melania.

Czech upbringing

Ivana Trump, nee Zelnickova, was born on 20 February 1949 in Zlin, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic) and attended the prestigious Charles University in Prague.

 

She was an avid skiing enthusiast, partaking in the sport from an early age. Numerous reports said Ivana was competitive and part of at least one Czech Olympic skiing team, although the Czechoslovakian Olympic Committee denied these claims in 1989.

After a brief failed marriage to a real estate agent, Ivana moved to Canada, became a model and met Donald Trump while in New York. They married in 1977 and became one of the city’s most high-profile couples. Ivana is credited with coining his nickname “The Donald”.

After her ex-husband won one of the most remarkable elections in US history, Ivana made her lofty ambitions clear, telling the New York Post on Friday: “I will suggest that I be ambassador for the Czech Republic.

“[That] is where I’m from and my language and everybody knows me. I’m quite known all around the world. Not only in America. I have written three books and they were translated in 40 countries in 25 languages. I’m known by the name Ivana. I really did not need the name Trump.”

Slovenian, English, French, Serbian and German, if you want to know. That linguistic prowess could come in handy at White House functions, but it has been suggested her thick accent is the reason she makes few public speeches alongside her immigrant-bashing husband.

Melania was raised away from the glamour of New York high society in a concrete tower block in then Yugoslavia during the rule of Marshal Josip Tito. Now that her husband has become president, Melania is set to become the first first lady to be born in a communist nation and only the second to be born abroad, after Louisa Adams, the English wife of sixth president John Quincy, who served from 1825 to 1829.

While preparing a profile of the incoming first lady for GQ, reporter Julia Ioffe made a startling discovery – Melania’s father, Victor Knavs, who she describes as traditional and hardworking, fathered a secret son before marrying the model’s mother.

She has a secret half-brother

While preparing a profile of the incoming first lady for GQ, reporter Julia Ioffe made a startling discovery – Melania’s father, Victor Knavs, who she describes as traditional and hardworking, fathered a secret son before marrying the model’s mother.

Knavs agreed to pay child support after a court battle proved he was Denis Cigelnjak’s father, a claim he initially contested, but he has never contacted his son nor acknowledged his existence. Now aged 50, Cigelnjak still lives in the family’s native Slovenia.

Melania initially said the reports were false but later, confronted with court documents, claimed she had misunderstood the question and had known about her half-brother “for years”.

She is the only first lady to have posed nude

Three years before she met Donald Trump, Melania posed nude alongside for a French men’s monthly magazine. The “bombshell” photo set, obtained by the New York Post, shows her lying naked in a bed alongside Scandinavian model Emma Eriksson.

Photographer Jarl Ale de Basseville, who took the pictures, says the images are “beauty and not porn”, adding: “I always loved women together because I have been with a lot of women who desired the menage a trois.”

An unnamed insider said Melania behaved “like a true professional” during the shoot and was “charming throughout”. 

Donald, meanwhile, said: “In Europe, pictures like this are very fashionable and common.”

Ivana and Donald J. Trump in 1989. CreditSwerzey/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

To many in the Czech Republic, she is celebrated as a local girl who went on to achieve global celebrity. Now Ivana Trump, President-elect Donald J. Trump’s first wife, says she wants to become ambassador to the Czech Republic, leading some in her homeland to hope that she can inject some glamour into the central European country and burnish its global image.

Speculation about whether Ms. Trump, 67, could become America’s top diplomat in Prague has been swirling in the Czech Republic since she told The New York Post that she would be well-suited for the job.

“I will suggest that I be ambassador for the Czech Republic,” Ms. Trump told the Post in an interview published over the weekend, noting that she was fluent in Czech and had a high profile in the country of her birth. “I’m known by the name Ivana. I really did not need the name Trump.”

If she were to become ambassador, Ms. Trump would not be the first celebrity to hold the post. Shirley Temple Black, the child star turned diplomat, was appointed ambassador to Czechoslovakia in 1989 by President George Bush. Her championing of the country before and after the fall of communism won her ardent admiration.

Yet Mrs. Black had experience in the world of diplomacy — she was the United States ambassador to Ghana from 1974 to 1976. Ms. Trump’s career has centered largely on fashion, writing and business.

To the president-elect, Ms. Trump is, among other things, the mother of three of his grown children — Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric — who have been helping with his transition to the White House and will manage his businesses while he runs the country.

But in the Czech Republic, Ms. Trump, a former model, is perhaps best known as a native of the city of Zlin, in Moravia. Among her supporters is her mother, Marie Zelnickova, who still lives in Zlin. She recently praised her former son-in-law, telling Mladá fronta, a leading newspaper, that “Donik is the nicest person in the world.”

The Czech Republic has been seeking to raise its international profile amid annoyance that foreigners consistently confuse the country with its predecessor, Czechoslovakia, or erroneously conflate it with Chechnya. In April, Czech leaders proposed calling the country Czechia,in hopes that the pithier one-word name would more easily roll off the tongue.

Ms. Trump, a socialite, author and businesswoman, born Zelnickova, coined the term “The Donald,” and some Czech diplomats hope that, if appointed, she would embrace her country’s new three-syllable name. She married Mr. Trump, who was her second husband, in 1977. (She has had four.)

Ms. Trump, who left Czechoslovakia in the 1970s and became an American citizen in the late 1980s, has worked in Mr. Trump’s business empire and also appeared on “Celebrity Big Brother” in 2010. Despite an acrimonious divorce from Mr. Trump in the early 1990s, she has since expressed unstinting support for her former husband.

While her stance on foreign policy is not widely known, she revealed some of her political instincts by praising the immigrants her ex-husband has spent the last year and a half bashing.

“We do need the immigrants,” she told the Post. “They are fantastic. I actually had an Arabic woman wearing the scarf working for me for five years, and then she moved to Texas. She was wearing the head scarf and I said, ‘I really don’t care. As long as she’s doing a good job and in the country legally and is paying the taxes and speaks a little bit of the English.’”

Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka of the Czech Republic, a social democrat, welcomed the prospect of Ms. Trump’s becoming the ambassador, saying she could help solidify relations between the Czech Republic and the United States by providing a close connection to the future president. “If Ivana feels up for it and decides to do so, it would be a nice way to underline the link between the Czech Republic and Trump,” he told Czech Radio.

He added that there was a long history of the United States appointing ambassadors from outside the world of diplomacy and alluded to the current ambassador, Andrew H. Schapiro, a lawyer who was a classmate of President Obama’s at Harvard Law School.

After Mr. Trump’s election, Mr. Sobotka noted wryly on Twitter that “Trump, unlike some of his predecessors, at least knows where the Czech Republic is located.”

During the presidential campaign, Mr. Trump questioned whether the United States should commit to defending NATO countries that failed to hold up their end in funding the alliance, sending chills through Eastern and Central Europe. But the Czech president, Milos Zeman, an outspoken populist who has railed against immigration and has been cultivating closer ties with Moscow, enthusiastically endorsed Mr. Trump for president.

Mr. Zeman’s spokesman, Jiri Ovcacek, said in an interview that the appointment of Ms. Trump as ambassador “would be an extraordinary confirmation of our alliance and friendly relations with the U.S.”

Not everyone is convinced. David Cerny, an influential Czech artist, called the idea of appointing Ms. Trump as ambassador a “joke.”

“It is a nightmare, what else could it be?” he asked. “After the disaster of having Hillary Clinton as a Democratic candidate, helped by the fact she was the wife of a former president, do we really need an ambassador whose main qualification is having been married to Donald Trump and being a good skier?”

Nevertheless, Erik Best, an American commentator who has lived in the Czech Republic for 25 years, said that appointing Ms. Trump could help thaw the frosty relations between Mr. Schapiro and Mr. Zeman. “Ivana Trump is well-spoken and, like Shirley Temple Black, she is seen as someone who could bring star power to the country,” Mr. Best said.

Petr Kolar, a former Czech ambassador to the United States and Russia, said Czechs should temper their expectations. “Even if Donald Trump sent Mickey Mouse to Prague, it is his solemn right as well as his responsibility and we should respect it,” he said. “It is important not to have exaggerated expectations.”

Ms. Trump, for her part, told The New York Post that she had no regrets over not becoming first lady, and that her townhouse in New York, and Trump Tower, were “much better than the White House.”

She further suggested that the president-elect could turn his private jet into Air Force One, and said she did not expect Mr. Trump to “do gold leafing in the White House.”

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