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Donald Trump’s ex-wife Marla Maples ‘ready’ to become his VP

Donald Trump’s ex-wife Marla Maples ‘ready’ to become his VP

Donald Trump’s ex-wife Marla Maples has said she is willing to help the former president’s re-election campaign in any way she can, even if it means becoming his vice president.

The presumptive Republican nominee’s second wife said in an interview with the Evening Standard this week that all members of the Trump family support his 2024 campaign. She defended Trump when asked about his criminal conviction and said she did not believe “a crime was committed” in response to the jury finding him responsible for sexually abusing writer E. Jean Carroll. Maples laughed off claims from sources that she had ambitions to become Trump’s running mate, but did not rule out the possibility.

“Someone should ask my ex-husband about that,” Maples told the Evening Standard, before adding: “I’m open. I’m open to any way I can serve.”

The couple married in 1993, shortly after the birth of their daughter Tiffany, and divorced in 1999. She has said she has forgiven Trump for their past disagreements, citing that marriages are difficult, “especially when you play them out in the media.”

Maples previously revealed that she warned Trump against launching a White House bid while they were married in the 1990s.

“It’s something we thought about doing in the ’90s, but I knew it would be hard on the kids, it would take a toll on them, and Donny, Ivanka and Eric (Trump’s three eldest children with his first wife) were much younger at the time,” Maples said during a 2018 appearance on NBC.

Today, Trump considers some of his children and family members to be close political confidants. During his administration, his daughter Ivanka Trump served as an adviser to her father, and her husband Jared Kushner served as an aide and senior adviser to the president. Neither received a salary.

This year, Trump’s daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, was named co-chair of the Republican National Committee, and his son, Donald Trump Jr., weighed in on who should join him on the Republican ticket in November.

Rachel Barber is a policy and education researcher for USA TODAY covering the 2024 elections. Follow her on X, formerly Twitter, at @rachelbarber_