CNN: Donald Trump Paid Ex-Wife In Dresses

The following is an excellent article written by MJ Lee on August 14, 2015 on the CNN website titled “Donald Trump Paid Ex-Wife In Dresses” and I quote:

“(CNN)When Donald Trump’s first wife, Ivana, worked for the Trump empire years ago, she received an unusual form of compensation: “One dollar and all the dresses I can buy.”

More than two decades after the couple’s divorce, Trump is the Republican Party’s top presidential candidate and likes to boast that female executives at his company are paid handsomely.
“In many cases, I pay the women more. I have women that get paid a lot of money,” Trump said in an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo this week.
The billionaire real estate and construction mogul is currently dominating national and early state polls. As the party’s frontrunner, Trump’s past statements, including those about women, have come under close scrutiny.
Ivana’s salary — or lack thereof — for her work at various Trump properties came up in the couple’s messy divorce proceedings in the early 1990s. When they separated, Ivana and her lawyers argued that Trump was trying to give her less than what she was due according to a prior agreement.
But it wasn’t that Ivana had insisted on getting paid.
In fact, in one lengthy testimony reviewed by CNN, the former model from Czechoslovakia said that for most of the time that she was married to Trump (they married in 1977), she didn’t think twice about her compensation.
“In the marriage, in my understanding of the marriage, you are partner in anything what you do with your husband and if it is in marital or business-wise, you are partners,” Ivana said. “That’s my understanding of marriage, as a principle.”
A salary of “one dollar and all the dresses I could wear,” Ivana said, “was always a symbol for me.”
Trump’s campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks declined to comment.
Ivana could not be reached for comment. Her longtime publicist, Catherine Saxton, said in an email that the “one dollar and all the dresses I could wear” agreement was “never meant as anything more than a throwaway line.”
In a statement last month, Ivana saidshe and Trump were “best of friends” and expressed support for his presidential campaign.
“I think he would make an incredible president,” she said.
The couple’s marriage deteriorated as rumors began to swirl about Trump’s extra-marital affair with Marla Maples — a woman Trump married in 1993.
In one 1990 complaint, Ivana’s lawyers accused Trump of being “unwilling to share” his family’s “ever growing wealth” with Ivana.
Feeling “intimidation,” the lawyers wrote, Ivana was too fearful to make claims to assets or interests that Trump had gained during their marriage.
According to a financial statement estimating Ivana’s net worth as of November 1987, she had $400,000 worth of cash certificates of deposit and in checking and savings accounts, as well as $800,000 in personal property including clothing, jewelry and art. The statement also listed Ivana as having no investments tied to stocks, bonds and real estate properties, and nothing in retirement accounts.
In Trump’s defense, his legal team pointed to alleged financial troubles plaguing the businessman at the time.
“Defendant does not have the means to support his wife, his children and himself as they previously lived,” Trump’s lawyer wrote to a judge in the summer of 1990. “This is an economic reality which must be confronted.”
It’s clear that Trump valued Ivana’s contributions to his business.
In his book, “Trump: The Art of the Deal,” Trump referred to Ivana as a “great manager” and described her as “demanding and very competitive.”
Around the opening of Trump’s Castle in Atlantic City, Trump said that rather than hire an outside general manager, he decided to put Ivana in charge.
“When it comes to running a casino, good management skills are as important as specific gaming experience,” he wrote. “She proved me right.”
When the couple finally settled, Ivana walked away with $14 million, in addition to other perks like a massive mansion in Greenwich, Connecticut.”
(Donald Trump’s first wife, Ivana, was definitely a great companion on her part but on Donald’s end, it still ended up in a divorce even though she had three children with him.
LaVern Isely, Progressive, Overtaxed, Independent middle Class Taxpayer and Public Citizen Member and USAF Veteran

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I'm a retired dairy farmer that was a member of the National Farmer's Organization (NFO). Before going farming, I spent 4 years in the United States Air Force where I saved up enough money to get my down payment to go farming. I also enjoy writing and reading biographies and I write about myself as well as articles and excerpts I find interesting. I'm specifically interested in finances, particularly in the banking industry because if it wasn't for help from my local Community Bank, I never could have started farming which I was successful at. So, I'm real interested in the Small Business Administration and I know they are the ones creating jobs. I have been a member of Common Cause and am now a member of Public Citizen as well as AARP. I have, in the past, written over 150 articles on the Obama Blog ( and I'd like to tie these two sites together. I'm also on Twitter, MySpace and Facebook and find these outlets terrifically interesting particularly what many of these people did concerning the uprising in the Arab world. I believe this is a smaller world than we think it is and my goal is to try to bring people together to live in peace because management needs labor like labor needs management. Up to now, that hasn't been so easy to find.
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