President Donald Trump’s first wife Ivana Trump said “there’s absolutely no problem” between her and first lady Melania Trump, despite calling herself the true “first lady” in more recent days.

Ivana Trump, who has a new memoir “Raising Trump” out Tuesday, told Fox News in an interview taped last week but broadcast Tuesday that she sees the first lady “here and there,” and noted “there’s absolutely no problem” between the two.

“I said that she is a very nice girl and it is very tough to be on campaign,” Ivana Trump said of Melania Trump.

Ivana Trump went on to address reports that said she criticized the first lady’s accent.

“I sent to Melania the text [saying] the last thing I would want to do is say something bad about you, you know, because you are family and I don’t say anything bad or do anything back to the family member,” Ivana Trump said.

Asked whether she’d like to be in first lady’s position, Ivana Trump said it was better that Melania Trump was in Washington and not her.

“Washington, it’s tough town,” she said. “I was asked to be an American ambassador to Czech Republic. I told [Donald Trump], I said, you know, if he would ask me 10, 15 years ago I would do it. But now I don’t want to be in Prague for four years. Could I do [it] well? Yes. But I will also lose my freedom. So, you know, I’m glad that Melania is there and I’m here.”

But in a more recent interview with “Good Morning America,” Ivana Trump said she and the president speak almost every two weeks and that she has a direct line to the White House, but doesn’t use it in order to avoid the first lady.

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

Melania Trump’s office responded to Ivana Trump’s comments on Monday, calling the comments “attention seeking and self-serving noise.”

SOURCE: POLITICO