Melania Trump blasts Ivana's 'attention-seeking' first lady comment in biting statement

Melania Trump's spokeswoman slammed President Donald Trump's ex-wife Ivana on Monday after she referred to herself as the "first lady" on Good Morning America.

In a televised appearance meant to promote her new memoir "Raising Trump,"  68-year-old Ivana said that she and the president are on good terms and claimed that she still speaks to him on the phone about twice a month.

"I have the direct number to White House but I don't really want to call him there because Melania is there and I don't really want to cause any kind of jealousy or something like that because I'm basically [the] first Trump wife, OK?" she joked to ABC's Amy Robach. "I'm [the] first lady, OK?"

First lady Melania Trump apparently did not take kindly to Ivana's statement.

Her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, released a pointed statement to CNN on Monday, stating, "Mrs. Trump has made the White House a home for Barron and the President. She loves living in Washington, DC, and is honored by her role as first lady of the United States. She plans to use her title and role to help children, not sell books.

"There is clearly no substance to this statement from an ex, this is unfortunately only attention-seeking and self-serving noise," she added.

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This picture provided by courtesy of Nena Bedek and taken in 1977 in Radenci, northeastern Slovenia, shows Slovenian-American former model and Donald Trump's wife Melania Trump (born Melanija Knavs)(2nd R) as a child, together with Nena Bedek (R), attending a fashion review of Jutranjka, the textile company where her mother used to work. Because of Melania Trump's husband success so far in the Republican race for the White House candidacy, foreign journalists and tourists have become a frequent sight in her birth region, set in rolling hills 60 miles from the capital Ljubljana.

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Melania Knauss attends the private party hosted by Donald Trump's T Management for legendary supermodel Pat Cleveland at Ian Schrager's Hudson Sky Terrace September 17, 2003 in New York.

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Donald Trump's new bride, Slovenian model Melania Knauss, waves as they leave the Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church after their wedding in Palm Beach, Florida, January 22, 2005.

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Donald Trump's wife Melania Trump and son Baron attend the ceremony honoring him with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 16, 2006 in Hollywood, California.

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Donald Trump, Jr., Barron Trump, Ivanka Trump, Melania Trump-Trump and Eric Trump attend the 'The Trump Card: Playing to Win in Work and Life' book launch celebration at Trump Tower on October 14, 2009 in New York City.

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Donald Trump and his wife Melania pose at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, "The Model As Muse: Embodying Fashion," in New York, May 4, 2009.

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During the interview, Ivana also said that after she and Donald Trump got divorced in 1992, she basically raised their three children -- Donald Jr., Eric and Ivanka -- on her own. 

"There can be only one chef in the kitchen," she recalled telling her ex-husband when they separated after his infamous affair with his soon-to-be second wife Marla Maples became public. "I would go and call Donald, I said, 'Ivanka is going to Chapin, or she's going to go to the Georgetown University. Eric is going to go to Hill School,' and he said, 'OK.' I was in charge."

"He was a loving father, don't get me wrong, and he was a good provider, but he was not the father which would take a stroll and go to the Central Park or go play to baseball with them or something," she added. "It was only until they were about 18-years-old [that] he could communicate with them, because he could start to talk business with them."

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Ivana Trump, Czech-American athlete, socialite, and fashion model noted for her marriage toDonald Trump, photographed in 1983.

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Judges Andy Warhol and Ivana Trump. January 15, 1984.

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NEW YORK CITY - MAY 10: Donald Trump and Ivana Trump attend 38th Annual Horatio Alger Awards Dinner on May 10, 1985 at the Waldorf Hotel in New York City.

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Ivana Trump aboard the Trump Princess circa 1988 in New York City.

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Ivana Trump and Donald Trump attends the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament circa 1988 in Flushing, Queens.

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Ivana Trump during The Fashion Group International's 6th Annual 'Night of 100 Stars' at The Plaza Hotel in New York City, New York, United States.

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Journalist Deborah Norville and Ivana Trump attending 'Cancer Society Awards Benefit Gala' on November 10, 1989 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City, New York.

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Estee Lauder, Ivana Trump and Arnold Scaasi during 18th Annual FIFI Foundation Awards at Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, New York, United States.

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Claudia Schiffer and Ivana Trump - Chanel Haute Couture fashion show fall winter 1991 - 1992 collections in Paris.

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Ivana Trump and daughter Ivanka with Mme Hirsch and son - Chanel Haute Couture fashion show collection fall winter 1992-1993.

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Ivana Trump with her children Eric and Ivanka attending a party at the Hard Rock Cafe on September 26, 1994.

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Ivana Trump during Party For Ivana Trump Hosted By Nikki Haskell at Spago's in West Hollywood, California, United States.

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Ivana Trump gets the Royal treatment from boyfriend Roffredo Gaetani at her pre-birthday and valentine's bash in New York City, February 12, 1998.

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Family portrait of, from left, socialite Ivana Trump, her son Eric Trump, her former husband businessman Donald Trump, and her daughter Ivanka Trump as they sit at a table at the Mar-a-Lago estate, Palm Beach, Florida, 1998.

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Rap artist Lil'' Kim, left, with Redo Gaetani and Ivana Trump attend a benefit auction at Cipriani November 28, 2000 in New York City.

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Autumn Winter 2000 2001 Haute Couture Fashion Show In Paris: Ungaro On October 7th, 2000 In Paris, France. Ivana Trump And Roffredo Gaetani.

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Ivana And Ivanka Trump at Ascot Races in Berkshire

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Patti LaBelle and Ivana Trump during Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs Birthday Party at The Supper Club at The Supper Club in New York City, New York, United States.

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Ivana Trump attends the Voice of the Streets benefit, aka the official kickoff to Fashion Week in NYC at Churrascaria Plataforma September 6, 2005 in New York City.

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Ivana Trump and Donald Trump Jr. attend Gotham Magazine First Anniversary Party on January 8, 2002 at the Regent Hotel in New York City.

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Socialite Ivana Trump points as she smiles during red-carpet arrivals as part of the amFAR Cinema against AIDS 2003 benefit in Mougins May 22, 2003. Trump joins Dame Elizabeth Taylor in Mougins for the annual American Foundation for AIDS Research (amFAR) benefit fund raiser held during the 56th International Film Festival on the French Riviera.

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Ivana Trump is on hand for the G&P Foundation for Cancer Research's fourth biennial Angel Ball 2005 at the New York Marriott Marquis on Broadway.

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Ivana Trump with Donald Trump Jr., and Ivanka Trump, celebrates her engagement to Rossano Rubicondi at Italian singer Nicola Congiu's private performance at 500 Park Avenue on October 15, 2007 in New York City.

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Ivana Trump strums a guitar while the Gipsy Kings entertain guests during 'The Best' Awards 2008 at the Bristol Hotel on December 01, 2008 in Paris, France.

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Ivana Trump leaves after attending Elie Saab fashion show, as part of Paris Fashion Week (Haute Couture) Spring-Summer 2008 on January 23, 2008 in Paris, France.

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Tennis player Serena Williams and Ivana Trump attend the Luca Luca Spring-Summer 2009 Show at the Promenade, Bryant Park on September 8, 2008 in New York City.

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Domenico Vacca and Ivana Trump at Domenico Vacca Spring 2010 during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the Soho House on September 12, 2009 in New York City.

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Sean 'Diddy' Combs and Ivana Trump attend Rico Love's 30th Birthday Celebration on December 8, 2012 in Miami, Florida.

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Ivana Trump and Paula Abdul attend the Douglas Hannant Spring 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Show at New York Historical Society on September 12, 2012 in New York City.

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Ivana Trump attends the de Grisogono Party during the 65th Cannes International Film Festival.

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Donald Trump and Ivana Trump attend The Eric Trump 8th Annual Golf Tournament at Trump National Golf Club Westchester on September 15, 2014 in Briarcliff Manor, New York.

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Ivana Trump attends the Mercedes-Benz Lounge during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 at Lincoln Center on September 8, 2014 in New York City.

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Vanessa Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Ivana Trump, Eric Trump, Elvis Duran, Lara Trump, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner attend the 9th Annual Eric Trump Foundation Golf Invitational Auction & Dinner at Trump National Golf Club Westchester on September 21, 2015 in Briarcliff Manor, New York.

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Ivana Trump sighted at The Deck at The Island Gardens on March 6, 2016 in Miami, Florida.

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