Donald Trump’s former political aide Omarosa says he ‘constantly’ sought advice from ex-wife Ivana

Donald Trump‘s former political aide Omarosa Manigault Newman said that he ‘constantly’ sought advice from his ex-wife Ivana Trump during his presidency, claiming that she was ‘one of the very few he listened to’ – while discussing her sudden passing.

Omarosa, who first met Donald when she appeared on the first season of his reality show The Apprentice in 2004, and went on to serve as the assistant to the president and director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison – before she was fired by the White House Chief of Staff in 2017 – said Donald often turned to Ivana for her expertise, years after their marriage ended in a bitter divorce.

She claimed that Donald trusted his ex-wife’s ‘guidance’ since she was ‘a straight shooter’ who ‘was always able to size up a situation.’

‘Ivana was a straight shooter and was always able to size up a situation,’ Omarosa, 48, told People magazine. 

Donald Trump's old political aide Omarosa Manigault Newman (seen in 2013) said the former president 'constantly' sought advice from his ex-wife Ivana Trump during his presidency

Donald Trump’s old political aide Omarosa Manigault Newman (seen in 2013) said the former president ‘constantly’ sought advice from his ex-wife Ivana Trump during his presidency

Omarosa claimed that Ivana, who was married to Donald from 1977 to 1992, was 'one of the very few he listened to' while discussing her sudden passing with People magazine

Omarosa claimed that Ivana, who was married to Donald from 1977 to 1992, was ‘one of the very few he listened to’ while discussing her sudden passing with People magazine

She said that Donald trusted his ex-wife's 'guidance' since she was 'a straight shooter' who 'was always able to size up a situation.' He and Ivana are seen in 1985

She said that Donald trusted his ex-wife’s ‘guidance’ since she was ‘a straight shooter’ who ‘was always able to size up a situation.’ He and Ivana are seen in 1985

‘She is one of the very few people that Donald truly listened to. Even in the White House, he constantly sought her guidance.’

It was announced that Ivana (pictured in 2018) had died at the age of 73 on Thursday, after she was found by a staff member 'unconscious and unresponsive' at the bottom of a set of stairs in her New York City townhouse

It was announced that Ivana (pictured in 2018) had died at the age of 73 on Thursday, after she was found by a staff member ‘unconscious and unresponsive’ at the bottom of a set of stairs in her New York City townhouse

Ivana and Donald were married from 1977 to 1992, and they shared three kids together – Donald Jr., Eric, and Ivanka.

It was announced that Ivana had died at the age of 73 on Thursday, after she was found by a staff member ‘unconscious and unresponsive’ at the bottom of a set of stairs in her New York City townhouse.

Emergency services said they were called to the socialite’s home after reports of someone in cardiac arrest were made around 12:40pm local time. 

Foul play is not suspected, with a source close to the family telling reporters that Ivana’s health had been declining for a while; however, an official cause of death has yet to be confirmed.

According to Politico, Omarosa was fired from her White House position after she allegedly got caught using the car service for personal trips. 

Her controversial termination made headlines after it was reported that security had to carry her out of the White House, however, she later denied those claims and insisted that she had actually resigned from her post. 

Omarosa has since publicly criticized the Trump administration numerous times, and she even published a tell-all book on her experience working with Donald in August 2018, entitled Unhinged.

Omarosa (seen with Donald in 2017) served as the assistant to the president and director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison - before she was fired in 2017

Omarosa (seen with Donald in 2017) served as the assistant to the president and director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison – before she was fired in 2017

Omarosa has since publicly criticized the Trump administration numerous times, and she went on to publish a tell-all book on her experience working with Donald, entitled Unhinged

Omarosa has since publicly criticized the Trump administration numerous times, and she went on to publish a tell-all book on her experience working with Donald, entitled Unhinged

Donald later sued Omarosa, claiming she violated an NDA she previously signed by publishing the explosive memoir, but he was ordered to pay her $1.3 million in legal fees for the lawsuit

Donald later sued Omarosa, claiming she violated an NDA she previously signed by publishing the explosive memoir, but he was ordered to pay her $1.3 million in legal fees for the lawsuit

In the book, she made many accusations about the former president – including that he used the N-word – which led to him calling her ‘disgusting’ in a 2019 tweet.

He went on to sue Omarosa, claiming that she violated a nondisclosure agreement she had signed while working for his campaign by publishing the explosive memoir.

Emergency services said they were called to Ivana's home (pictured) after reports of someone in cardiac arrest were made around 12:40pm local time. Foul play is not suspected

Emergency services said they were called to Ivana’s home (pictured) after reports of someone in cardiac arrest were made around 12:40pm local time. Foul play is not suspected

However, in April 2022, a court arbitrator ordered the 45th President of the United States to pay Omarosa nearly $1.3 million in legal fees for the lawsuit. 

Donald confirmed the tragic news of Ivana’s passing while posting a touching tribute to his ex on his Truth Social account hours after her death.

‘I am very saddened to inform all of those that loved her, of which there are many, that Ivana Trump has passed away at her home in New York City,’ he wrote.

He went on to describe her as a ‘beautiful, amazing’ woman, while honoring her close bond with their children.

‘She led a great and inspirational life,’ he continued. ‘Her pride and joy were her three children, Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric. 

‘She was so proud of them, as we were all so proud of her. Rest In Peace, Ivana.’

Donald and Ivana’s marriage ended in heartbreak for the model, after it was brought to light that he had an affair with the actress Marla Maples during their relationship. 

After her divorce from Donald – for which she was granted a $14million settlement and a mansion in Connecticut – Ivana left her old life of modelling behind and went on to become a businesswoman in her own right, as well as a media personality, fashion designer, and author. 

Donald confirmed the tragic news of Ivana's passing while posting a touching tribute to his ex on his Truth Social account hours after her death

Donald confirmed the tragic news of Ivana’s passing while posting a touching tribute to his ex on his Truth Social account hours after her death 

Ivana and Donald were married from 1977 to 1992, and they shared three kids together - Donald Jr., Eric, and Ivanka

Ivana and Donald were married from 1977 to 1992, and they shared three kids together – Donald Jr., Eric, and Ivanka

Donald and Ivana's marriage ended in a bitter divorce, however, it was said that the two (seen in 1984) reconciled and were on speaking terms again by 2015

Donald and Ivana’s marriage ended in a bitter divorce, however, it was said that the two (seen in 1984) reconciled and were on speaking terms again by 2015

Despite going through a nasty split, it was said that the two reconciled and were on speaking terms again by the time he began his successful run for president in 2015. 

Donald later wed Marla in 1993, and together, they welcomed a daughter, Tiffany – but they split in 1999.

He then tied the knot with his current wife Melania Trump in 2005. They share one son, Barron.

During Trump’s presidency, Ivana hinted at their continuing bond while hitting out at Melania, branding herself the real ‘first lady’ in 2017, while claiming that she had a ‘direct line’ to her ex-husband at the White House. 

Ivana added at the time that she was able to speak to her former spouse whenever she wanted to but that she always hesitated to phone him because ‘Melania was there’. 

‘I [don’t] really want to call him there, because Melania is there,’ she told ABC News. ‘And I don’t want to cause any kind of jealousy or something like that, because I’m basically [the] first Trump wife. OK? I’m first lady.’

Donald described Ivana (seen together in 1987) as a 'beautiful, amazing' woman. He added: 'She led a great and inspirational life. Her pride and joy were her three children'

Donald described Ivana (seen together in 1987) as a ‘beautiful, amazing’ woman. He added: ‘She led a great and inspirational life. Her pride and joy were her three children’

Her daughter, Ivanka, said she was 'heartbroken' by the 'passing of her mother' on Instagram, writing, 'Mom was brilliant, charming, passionate and wickedly funny'

Her daughter, Ivanka, said she was ‘heartbroken’ by the ‘passing of her mother’ on Instagram, writing, ‘Mom was brilliant, charming, passionate and wickedly funny’

Ivana’s son Eric also spoke out about her death to DailyMail.com, saying in a statement issued on behalf of the family: ‘Our mother was an incredible woman – a force in business, a world-class athlete, a radiant beauty, and caring mother and friend.

‘Ivana Trump was a survivor. She fled from communism and embraced this country. She taught her children about grit and toughness, compassion and determination.

‘She will be dearly missed by her mother, her three children and ten grandchildren.’ 

Ivanka said she was ‘heartbroken’ by the ‘passing of her mother’ on Instagram, writing, ‘Mom was brilliant, charming, passionate and wickedly funny. She modeled strength, tenacity and determination in her every action.

‘She lived life to the fullest – never forgoing an opportunity to laugh and dance. I will miss her forever and will keep her memory alive in our hearts always.’

Ivana was last pictured out and about in New York City on June 22, when she was seen leaving her Upper East Side townhouse and being escorted to hair salon. 

She had also planned to visit her regular salon on Thursday, in preparation for an upcoming St. Tropez getaway. 

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