Rusty, From the political insider
In an interview with the New York Post, Donald Trump’s ex-wife Ivana revealed that iconic president Ronald Reagan once encouraged Mr. Trump to run for the highest office in the land.
Ivana said that Reagan wrote a letter to Trump in the 1980s, urging him to run for office, and the real estate mogul has had his eyes on the presidency ever since.
Via the Post:
It’s Ivana Trump’s fault that Donald didn’t run for president sooner.
“Probably five years before our divorce, Reagan or somebody brought him a letter and said, ‘You should run for president,’” Donald’s first wife tells The Post at her opulent seven-floor Upper East Side town house, which she purchased for $2.8 million in 1998.
“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 says, referencing Donald’s much-publicized infidelity with Marla Maples that led to the power couple’s 1991 split. “So there was no way that he would go into [politics] at that point,” Ivana says. “But he was always tooling around with the idea.”
No tooling now — now, Donald’s the GOP front-runner.
Perhaps that is why Trump paid homage to Reagan using his campaign slogan from the 1980 race:
I was proud to be one of Ronald Reagan’s earliest supporters. Like Reagan, it’s time to Make America Great Again!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2015
Ivana went on to explain why she thinks Donald, much like Reagan, would be a great President.
“He’s no politician. He’s a businessman. He knows how to talk. He can give an hour speech without notes . . . He’s blunt,” she said.
Ivana also concluded that America has lost it’s prestige under President Obama, and getting it back starts by adopting Trump’s immigration policies.
“And I’m an immigrant,” she reminds readers.
It should be noted that Reagan and Trump’s campaigns share some similarities – both were considered Washington outsiders and both were dismissed as not being serious candidates.
Reagan and Trump were both disliked by the establishment as well, being portrayed consistently as extremist and simplistic in their ideas.