US President-elect Donald J. Trump's ex-wife Ivana Trump has told the New York Post she will talk to her ex-husband about the possibility of serving as the next US ambassador to Prague. In the interview published on Friday, the 67-year-old businesswoman suggested that her fluency in Czech as well as name recognition in the country of her birth, could be strong assets.
Ivana Trump was born in the former Czechoslovakia in 1949. The possibility of her serving as ambassador was greeted positively in a tweet by Jiří Ovčáček, the spokesman for Czech President Miloš Zeman. The Czech president had backed Mr Trump ahead of his surprise win last Tuesday, when most polls in the US had suggested the presidency would be won by Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton. Clinton won the popular vote but lost in the electoral college.
The 67-year-old Zlín native told the publication: “That is where I’m from and my language and everybody knows me. I’m quite well known all around the world...I’m known by the name Ivana. I really do not need the name Trump.”
The socialite offered up opinions on everything from her ex-husband’s future cabinet members to his wall-building immigration policy:
“We need the immigrants. But what is wrong is when an 18-year-old Mexican girl goes over the wall — which is the height of my chair, four feet — she gives birth in the American hospital, her child becomes automatically American. Who is paying for the birth, and who is paying for her food and upkeep? Us taxpayers. And that needs to stop.”
Ivana Marie Zelníčková left the Czech Republic when it was still Czechoslovakia; in a humorous aside, the publication wonders whether she has adopted its “punchier new name, Czechia.”