Ivana Trump says she raised Ivanka, Eric and Don Jr. on her own

President Trump’s first ex-wife, Ivana Trump, said Sunday that she raised their three children “on my own.”

In an interview with John Catsimatidis, Ivana, 68, said that she called the shots when it came to Ivanka, Donald Jr. and Eric Trump.

Ivana divorced the future President in 1992 after 16 years of marriage. Their eldest child, Donald Jr., was 12 years old at the time.

“I told Donald, 'There can only be one chef in the kitchen.' And it was me. So I made all the decisions about the schooling, after-school activities,” Ivana said on “The Cats Roundtable” on AM 970.

“I raised them on my own because Donald was always busy and making the deals.”

It wasn’t until the kids turned 21 years old that Trump was able to relate to them.

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American businessman Donald Trump and his wife Ivana smile as they attend a formal party, 1982. (Photo by Tom Gates/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - 1980: Donald Trump and Ivana Trump attend Roy Cohn's birthday party in February 1980 in New York City. (Photo by Sonia Moskowitz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - 1982: Ivana Trump and Donald Trump are seen in December 1982 in New York City. (Photo by Sonia Moskowitz/Getty Images)
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. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - MAY 10: Ivana Trump and Donald Trump attend 38th Annual Horatio Alger Awards Dinner on May 10, 1985 at the Waldorf Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - JUNE 10: Donald Trump and Ivana Trump attend Lord-Rosenthal Wedding Reception on June 10, 1987 in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - OCTOBER 28: Donald Trump and Ivana Trump attend Lacroix Fashion Show on October 28, 1987 at the World Financial Center in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - 1987: Donald Trump, Diandra Douglas, Don King, Ivana Trump, and Michael Douglas attend a Trump Book Party in December 1987 at the Trump Tower in New York City. (Photo by Sonia Moskowitz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 12: Property developer Donald Trump and wife Ivana Trump chat with actor Michael Douglas and his wife Diandra Luker at the Party to Celebrate Trump's Book 'The Art of the Deal' at The Atrium in Trump Tower on December 12, 1987 in New York City, New York . (Photo by Al Pereira/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
FLUSHING, NY - CIRCA 1988: Ivana Trump and Donald Trump attends the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament circa 1988 in Flushing, Queens. (Photo by PL Gould/IMAGES/Getty Images)
Ivana (nee Zelnickova) and Donald Trump attend the Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute gala, New York, New York, 1988. (Photo by Rose Hartman/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - JUNE 27: Ivana Trump and Donald Trump attend Tyson vs. Spinks Boxing Match on June 27, 1988 at the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK - 1989: Property developer Donald Trump and wife Ivana Trump with actors Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith attend a Police Athletic League event for Commisioner Benjamin Ward's Kids in 1989 in New York City, New York . (Photo by Al Pereira/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Ivana Trump and Donald Trump during 1989 U.S. Open Celebrity Sightings - September 9, 1989 at Flushing Meadow in Queens, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - SEPTEMBER 9: Ivana Trump and Donald Trump attend U.S. Open Tennis Tournament on September 9, 1989 at Flushing Meadows Park in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Businessman Donald Trump and his wife Ivana Trump attend 8th annual 'Night of 100 Trees' to benefit the Cancer Research Institute at the Sheraton Center in December 1989 in New York, New York. (Photo by Tom Gates/Getty Images)
Donald and Ivana Trump (Photo by Bob Sacha/Corbis via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 14: Donald Trump and Ivana Trump attend Scopus Awards Gala Honoring Merv Griffin on January 14, 1990 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - FEBRUARY 4: Ivana Trump and Donald Trump attend United Jewish Appeal Gala Honoring Steve Ross on February 4, 1990 at the Waldorf Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Donald Trump and Ivana Trump (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - APRIL 9: Donald Trump and Ivana Trump attend Man of the Year Awards Honoring Lawrence Harvey on April 9, 1991 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Donald Trump, Ivana Trump, and Ivanka Trump (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - FEBRUARY 12: (L-R) Donald Trump, Ivana Trump and Ivanka Trump attend Valentine's Day Birthday Party for Ivana Trump on February 12, 1998 at Chaos in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
382524 16: (ITALY OUT) Donald Trump, his girlfriend, Melania, Ivana Trump and her boyfriend, Roffredo Gaetani attend a benefit auction at Cipriani November 28, 2000 in New York City. (Photo by Arnaldo Magnani/Liaison)
BRIARCLIFF MANOR, NY - SEPTEMBER 15: (EDITORS NOTE: Retransmission of #455504994 with alternate crop.) (L-R) Donald Trump, Ivana Trump, Eric Trump and Lara Yunaska attend The Eric Trump 8th Annual Golf Tournament at Trump National Golf Club Westchester on September 15, 2014 in Briarcliff Manor, New York. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
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“He was not the kind of father who would take them to Central Park in the stroller or play games with them. He did not know how to speak the children's language. He was not able to do it until the kids were in university. He could speak business with them,” Ivana said.

“When the kids were 21 years old I said, ‘Here's the final product. Now it is your job to continue.’”

Ivana kept the kids busy throughout the day with classes and other activities. The boys took karate, skiing and golf classes. Ivanka tried piano, though she didn’t enjoy it, her mother said.

“I told them their values are not to cheat, steal or lie. (Don’t) take drugs, alcohol or smoke,” she said.

Ivana appeared on the radio show promoting her new book, "Raising Trump.”

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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.

(Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)

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.

(Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz)

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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