The union made perfect sense for Donald too. After demanding Ivana and needy Marla, Melania would be the perfect mate, one who would be an advertisement for his virility while giving him his “space.” Federico Pignatelli, a longtime Trump friend and business associate, who founded the fashion studio Pier 59, says, “Ivana was an intelligent, entrepreneurial woman. Also a very strong-minded person and very feisty. While instead, Melania . . . really no fights.” For her part, Melania would get a luxurious home where she could indulge her hobbies—Pilates and reading fashion magazines, according to People—in peace, and a promise that she would never have to return to drab Eastern-European prospects. Donald accompanied Melania to her homeland once. “I was there for about 13 minutes,” he later said to Larry King with Melania by his side. “We landed. I said, Hi, Mom. Hi, Dad. Bye.” Eventually Trump brought her family over to New York (where her parents now live for most of the year), allowing her to cut ties with the Old Country.
I was desperate to learn more about Trump, and this article told me a lot. It also told me a lot about the Americans who elected him – and are willing to overlook his boorish behavior. New York City has always had its share of rich and vulgar people – and you get to meet them too.
When I worked in the area, in the Sixties, we always drove to NYC for the weekend, no matter how long the drive – and ignored D.C. It has picked up some since then – since no talent is necessary for access to the instant money available there.