Donald Trump has often talked about daughter Ivanka in sexual terms that are unseemly for a father and border on inappropriate, according to an insider account of the White House by former aide and “Apprentice” contestant Omarosa Manigault Newman.
Omarosa details her observations of the father/daughter relationship in her new book, “Unhinged,” which hits store shelves Tuesday.
“As long as I’d known Trump, I’d observed the way he hugs, touches, and kisses Ivanka; the way she calls him Daddy,” Manigault Newman writes.
“In my opinion, based on my observations, their relationship goes right up to the line of appropriate father/daughter behavior and jumps right over it. I believe he covets his daughter. It’s uncomfortable to watch them,” she says.
“It appeared to me that Ivanka had gotten so used to his touching her in ways that made others cringe and either didn’t notice it anymore or purposefully allowed it to happen,” she writes.
The behavior is not new. Trump acted the same way when Ivanka was a young teen.
When Ivanka was just 13 years old, Trump commented in an interview with Washington Post writer Richard Cohen, “Is it wrong to be more sexually attracted to your own daughter than your wife?”
Ivanka was just 16 years old, hosting the 1997 Miss Teen USA pageant when Trump, surrounded by beautiful women, turned to Miss Universe and said: “Don’t you think my daughter’s hot? She’s hot, right?”
During a 2003 interview on “The Howard Stern Show, Trump openly discussed Ivanka’s sexuality. “You know who’s one of the great beauties of the world, according to everybody? And I helped create her. Ivanka. My daughter, Ivanka. She’s 6 feet tall; she’s got the best body,” he said.
In 2004 Trump agreed when the shock jock called Ivanka a “piece of ass.”
Two years later, Trump returned to Stern’s show and discussed Ivanka’s breasts. “She’s actually always been very voluptuous. She’s tall, she’s almost six feet tall and she’s been, she’s an amazing beauty,” he said.
Trump said in the past he would have liked to “date” Ivanka if she wasn’t his daughter. “If Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her,” he said in 2006 on “The View.”
Omorosa claims that during filming of “The Apprentice” in 2007, Trump “egged on” contestant and Kiss bassist Gene Simmons after he “leered at” Ivanka’s breasts and called her “sexy.”
Manigault Newman says Trump asked Simmons in a room full of other contestants: “What do you think of Ivanka? How’s she doing?”
“She’s a very, very sexy, desirable young woman who I’m looking forward to getting to know much better if you know what I mean, with all due respect,” Simmons replied, according to Manigault Newman.
She adds that the other contestants were taken aback by “Donald’s obvious delight” in hearing his daughter being described in such a manner.
Trump’s obsession with his daughter continues to this day.
Adult film actress Stormy Daniels, who had an affair with Trump in 2006, said Trump once compared her to Ivanka. “He told me once that I was someone to be reckoned with, beautiful and smart just like his daughter,” she told InTouch magazine in 2011.
In 2016, Trump declared how much he loved kissing Ivanka on the “Dr. Oz Show.” Trump commented that he kissed Ivanka, “with every chance [he] gets,” he said. The comment was edited out of the final show, according to London’s Independent newspaper.
During a meeting amid Trump’s presidential campaign, Manigault Newman claims the then-candidate “insisted” that the attendees stop everything and admire his daughter in a tight-fitting skirt.
“Ivanka came into the room wearing a fitted skirt. The entire meeting had to stop so (Trump) could gush about her body,” Manigault Newman writes.
“‘You look great! I like the way that skirt fits. Doesn’t Ivanka look great?’ He insisted we all agree that his daughter’s tight skirt was very flattering. I thought, ‘Why don’t the two of you just cut it out?’”
But Manigault Newman claims Ivanka is not above exploiting the relationship.
“I believe she exploits his fixation with her to get her way,” Manigault Newman writes.