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Trump in '94: 'Putting a Wife to Work Is a Very Dangerous Thing'

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By    |   Thursday, 02 Jun 2016 11:53 AM

ABC News has unearthed a 1994 interview with Donald Trump, in which the presumptive Republican presidential nominee who insists he's a champion of women declares, "putting a wife to work is a very dangerous thing."

One issue, he explains, is that sometimes "when I come home and dinner's not ready, I go through the roof."

The questionable quips came as Trump discussed his failed marriage to Ivana Trump and his new bride Marla Maples during a discussion with ABC News "Primetime Live" correspondent Nancy Collins.

The billionaire real-estate tycoon, who had given Ivana a top management role at one of his casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey, told Collins:

"I think that putting a wife to work is a very dangerous thing. If you're in business for yourself, I really think it's a bad idea. I think that was the single greatest cause of what happened to my marriage with Ivana," Trump said.

"Ivana would get angry at somebody over the telephone, all of a sudden, who was at the casino, and she'd start shouting. And I'd say, 'I don't want my wife shouting at somebody like that, I really don't want that.'

"And a softness disappeared. There was a great softness to Ivana, and she still has that softness, but during this period of time, she became an executive not a wife."

But Trump also described his satisfaction with getting Ivana and Maples into the limelight, with Ivana becoming a businesswoman and Maples starring in a Broadway show.

"I love creating stars. And to a certain extent, I've done that with Ivana. To a certain extent, I've done that with Marla. And I like that … Unfortunately, after they're a star, the fun is over for me. It's like a creation process, it's almost like creating a building. It's pretty sad," Trump told Collins.

On the subject of Maples working, Trump added:

"I have days where I think it's great. And then I have days where, if I come home — and I don't want to sound too much like a chauvinist — but when I come home and dinner's not ready, I go through the roof."

Trump has gone out of his way to emphasize his great respect for women during his campaign for the White House, despite questionable statements he has made.

"The media is so after me on women. Wow, this is a tough business," Trump tweeted in March:


Trump once told radio shock jock Howard Stern: "A person who is very flat-chested is very hard to be a 10," Trump once told radio shock jock Howard Stern.

And about actress Angelina Jolie, Trump said to Stern: "I never thought she was good-looking. I don't think she's got good skin. I don't think she's got a great face. I think her lips are too big, to be honest with you, they look like too big."

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