Prague backs Czech-born Ivana Trump for US ambassador

Ivana Trump smiles at her belated birthday party at the Pangaea Soleil club during the 59th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes May 24, 2006. (Reuters File)

Czech President Milos Zeman on Wednesday backed Ivana Trump to become the US ambassador to Prague, after US president-elect Donald Trump’s Czech-born ex-wife floated the idea last week.

Washington “could not send a better ambassador to Prague”, the outspoken Czech leader, who endorsed Trump for president, said in a statement.

Czech prime minister Bohuslav Sobotka also gave a thumb’s up to such a move, telling public radio that “ties between the US and the Czech Republic would only be strengthened”.

Born Ivana Zelnickova in what is now the Czech Republic, Ivana Trump told the New York Post on Friday: “I will suggest that I be ambassador for the Czech Republic.”

She noted her birth and language ties to the country as an advantage, also adding that “I’m quite known all around the world”.

A former fashion model turned businesswoman, Ivana is Trump’s first wife and the mother of three of his children. They divorced in 1992.

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