When Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka was a teenager, she made him promise that he would not date someone younger than her (video below).
“I have a deal with her. She’s just 17 and she’s doing great, Ivanka. She made me promise, swear to her that I would never date a girl younger than her,” he said on the Howard Stern Show in June 1999. “So as she grows older, the field is getting very limited.”
"The nerve of her, now you can’t go out with 16-year-olds,” Stern joked.
The interview was discovered and shared with the New York Daily News by a Democratic strategist.
The interview took place while Trump was going through a divorce with Marla Maples, his second wife.
At this time, he was already dating Melania, who would become his third wife. At the age of 29, Melania was 12 years older than Ivanka and 24 years younger than Trump, who was 52.
Before revealing the deal he shared with Ivanka, Trump had joked about going to a fashion event to meet models and his next wife.
“I guess that process has to begin,” he said, after Stern insinuated that he wouldn't remarry. “Marriage, correctly done, is a wonderful thing. Unfortunately it doesn’t really work out that way.”
Trump has been outspoken about Ivanka in past interviews, including comments that angered some.
In an appearance on The Howard Stern Show in 2003, he bragged about her figure.
“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. She made a lot money as a model--a tremendous amount,” he said according to the Daily Mail.
During an interview on The View, he suggested he’d date Ivanka, if she were not his daughter.
“I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her,” he said.
When Rolling Stone journalist Paul Solotaroff wrote about his time on the campaign trail with Trump in 2015, he included a similar statement Trump made to him.
"Yeah, she's really something, and what a beauty, that one. If I weren't happily married and, ya know, her father . . . " Trump said.