Eric Trump: Ivana Trump to attend inauguration

NEW YORK -- In an interview for the CBS News special, “Change and Challenge: The Inauguration of Donald Trump,” airing Friday at 8/7c, son Eric Trump sat down with “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King to talk about his mother, Ivana, the role she’s played in his life -- and where she’ll be on inauguration day:

GAYLE KING:  Your mom certainly played a role in your life and was very important to how you all turned out. …So I wonder how your mom is feeling about this. Is this a difficult transition for her? She supported him from the very beginning. …But how is she feeling? And what do you-- what is she thinking about all this?

ERIC TRUMP: Well, my mom will be there front and center.

GAYLE KING: She will be there – OK.

ERIC TRUMP: She is the most supportive person. She knows who he is. And I have the greatest mom in the world. I mean, she is tough and she is strong and she is elegant. …And-- she can be outspoken as well. And-- you know, she’s just-- she’s great. She’s -- larger than life. I mean, she was a disciplinarian to us as-- as children. We had manners. We opened the doors. We said “thank you.” We said “please.”

GAYLE KING: And guess what -- you still do that.

ERIC TRUMP: … an amazing person. And -- you know, we truly love her. …I have amazing parents and I could not be more thankful -- because they are just great people.



Trump’s Two Ex-Wives, Ivana Trump and Marla Maples, Will Attend His Inauguration

Donald Trump’s two ex-wives, Ivana Trump and Marla Maples, will be present when he is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States of America on Friday.

Ivana, who was married to the real estate mogul from 1977 to 1992, is mother to the president-elect’s three eldest children: Donald Trump Jr., 39, Ivanka Trump, 35 and Eric Trump, 33.

Eric Trump confirmed his mother’s appearance at the inauguration to Gayle King, who interviewed him for a CBS special on the inauguration set to air Friday evening.

“My mom will be there front and center,” he said, and added that his 67-year-old mother “is the most supportive person. She knows who he is.”

Marla Maples, who was married to Trump from 1993 to 1999, will also be in attendance on Friday, PEOPLE has confirmed.

Maples, 53, shares daughter Tiffany Trump, 23, with the president-elect. A source tells PEOPLE that while Tiffany was flown to the inauguration on a private jet, Maples must pay her own travel expenses.

Maples supported Tiffany’s participation in her father’s presidential campaign, telling PEOPLE after the recent college grad took the stage at the Republican National Convention last summer, “Having raised her, I knew she would ultimately have a public life. But watching her sit there in that arena [during the Trump Town Hall this spring] with that much pressure on her and see how the love we have shared through the years has shaped her. She has become a woman. I could not have been more proud of her.”

On Thursday, Maples posted a message about patience to Instagram, writing, “A gift for this day and all days.”

The quote read, “This is a time of patience and learning through patience. Remember, things are not as they appear. This is a great key to learning the truth. During these times of patience, the greatest growth is taking place. This is a time where insights of truths are given space to grow and take hold.”


Ivana Trump dons blue fur coat as she joins Marla Maples in Washington DC for Donald's inauguration

Ivana Trump was photographed leaving her New York City townhouse on Thursday afternoon and making her way down to Washington DC, where on Friday she will watch as her first husband Donald is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.

She will be joining her three children with Donald - Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric - as well as her eight grandchildren for the big day in the nation's capital.

And also scheduled to attend will be Donald's second wife Marla Maples, who was accused at the time of breaking up Ivana's marriage to the billionaire businessman.

When asked as she was leaving her home on Thursday if she thought her ex-husband would make a good president, Ivana said: 'Yes, he will.'

For her trip, Ivanka, 67, donned a vibrant blue fur coat over a pinstripe pantsuit, carrying an equally colorful purse.

Ivana was one of the first people to say that she believed Donald could become the next president of the United States.

|She revealed in an interview back in May that she would be casting her vote for her ex come November, adding that she felt certain he would be setting up shop on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue come next January.

'I think he's going to win,' Ivana told People.

When then asked if he was getting her vote, she replied; 'Yes, of course I'm going to vote for him.

'He's going to run the country as a business. He's going to negotiate.

'And he knows how to make decisions.'

Ivana also revealed in an interview with the New York Post around that time that she had long been expecting her ex-husband to run for president, and that even Ronald Reagan encouraged him to do so three decades ago.

'Probably five years before our divorce, Reagan or somebody brought him a letter and said, "You should run for president,"' said Ivana.

'So he was thinking about it. But then . . . there was the divorce, there was the scandal, and American women loved me and hated him.'

She later added; 'But he was always tooling around with the idea.'

In that same interview Ivana said she speaks to the Donald before most of his appearances and gave him the phrase; 'You think it, I say it.'

Ivana was a 28-year-old model from Czechoslovakia in 1977 when she married Donald.

The couple went on to have three children before divorcing in 1992.

She was rumored to have gotten approximately $20million, their $15million estate and 49% ownership in Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach in their divorce.

She also reportedly receives $350,000 a year in alimony and was able to keep all her jewelry.

Ivana went on to get married two more times, first to Riccardo Mazzucchelli in 1995, a union that was dissolved after two years.

She was married for the second time to Rossano Rubicond in 2008, but that union latest less than a year with the two divorcing in 2009, though they have been seen together many times since.

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