Ah, Tiffany Trump. Law student. Heiress. Short-lived musician. Butt of jokes galore about her dad’s overt preference for Ivanka and the others.
Yeah, it’s worse than that.
When Donald Trump learned that then-girlfriend Marla Maples was pregnant with Tiffany, Trump said, “Excuse me, what happened?” and “Oh, great”—the latest bombshell revelation contained in 15 hours of tapes from The Howard Stern Show released this week to Newsweek and Factba.se.
“I’m glad it happened. I have a great little daughter, Tiffany,” Trump told his pal Stern in the 2004 interview. “But, you know, at the time it was like, ‘Excuse me, what happened?’ And then I said, ‘Well, what are we going to do about this?’ [Marla] said, ‘Are you serious? It’s the most beautiful day of our lives.’ I said, ‘Oh, great.’”
It’s hard to ignore Ivanka Trump’s place as the family favorite—the future president called her “a beautiful girl” and “a great girl” dozens of times in the new tapes, which also seem to show a particular obliviousness toward Tiffany. Newsweek reported on Monday that the tapes also revealed Ivanka and Donald Jr. tried to “bump” the younger Trump out of her inheritance, and that Trump was proud of her “to a lesser extent” than his other kids.
In this interview, in January of 2004, Trump compared his third wife, Melania, with Maples, and the latter’s unplanned pregnancy came up, along with the ultraromantic proposal that ensued.
Howard Stern: How do you know Melania’s faithful?
Donald Trump: I know she’s faithful.
Howard Stern: What do you do? You pull out?
Donald Trump: No.... She’s on the pill.
Robin Quivers: You know you fell for that one time before.
Donald Trump: I did. That happened. She said, “I think I’m so happy! We’re about to have a child.” I said, “Excuse me?” I didn't know about this.
Howard Stern: You trust Melania to take a pill every day or you check if she does?
Donald Trump: I don’t know...like, she’s been amaz[ing]—she’s... Hey, I’m five years, and she’s been great.
Howard Stern: Just taking a pill every day.
Donald Trump: I trust her in every way.
Howard Stern: I bet you still pull out just to make sure.
Donald Trump: No. I don’t. She’s—she’s just amazing. She wanted that she would know.
Howard Stern: Would you push her down the stairs if it happened.
Donald Trump: Honestly, I'm glad it happened. I have a great little daughter, Tiffany. But, you know at the time it was like, “Excuse me, what happened?” And then I said, “Well, what are we going to do about this?” She [Maples] said, “Are you serious? It’s the most beautiful day of our lives.” I said, “Oh, great.”
Howard Stern: What do you mean “we”?
Donald Trump: I said, “Do you want to get married?”
The exchange is one of many unvarnished conversations Trump had with Stern between 1993 and 2016. In prior coverage of the trove, Newsweek revealed that Trump is a germaphobe who always drinks from a straw, that his divorce with Ivana and bankruptcy were the worst days of his life, that he gropes Melania in public, and that he thought his ex-wife Ivana was “out of control” for appearing on First Wives Club and breaking their prenup.
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