Teresa Giudice is addressing reports that came out earlier this year which stated she had reached out to President Donald Trump, who she worked with on The Celebrity Apprentice in 2012, in hopes of having him stop her husband Joe Gidice‘s deportation.
During a new interview, the Real Housewives of New Jersey star stated that while the President was “nothing but a gentleman” during their time together, she has not reached out to him about the deportation Joe is currently facing.
“I don’t have a relationship with Mr. Donald Trump in that way,” Teresa explained to PEOPLE.
That said, Teresa added, “I would take his call. If he would call me, of course I would take his call.”
TMZ reported last month that Teresa did indeed reach out to Trump for help regarding Joe’s case back in 2016.
“Teresa reached out to Trump several months before Joe started serving his 41-month sentence, and asked Donald to write a character letter. This was before he was elected President, but she hoped the letter would help Joe get a lighter sentence,” the outlet reported.
When Joe is released from prison in March 2019, he is expected to be deported back to his native Italy. Although he does have the option to appeal the judge’s October 10 ruling, there is no guarantee that he and his family won’t be torn apart.
“They did make an example out of us. They said that, so they said they’re making examples,” Teresa said of the judge’s deportation ruling. “I think the judge even said it when she was sentencing us. So they do that so everybody else kind of sees what happens to us, and then they’ll make sure that they don’t do it. But meanwhile, it’s like they target people that are on TV or that are … in the public eye. … But then I’m sure there’s so many people because they’re not in the public eye that are getting away with so much.”
As she and Joe prepare to go through the appeal process, Teresa says she’s taking things “day by day” and assuring her four kids, Gia, 17, Gabriella, 14, Milania, 12, and Audriana, 9, that she and her husband are doing whatever they can to have his deportation ruling overturned.
“They know we’re gonna fight it. They know mommy is doing everything she can,” Teresa said. “They know I’m doing everything I can. So that’s it. That’s all I can do.”
“And hopefully, you know we have two attorneys or even three I think right now, I think they’re bringing on a third one … and hopefully they’ll be able to appeal this and Joe will be able to come home,” she added.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey season nine premieres on November 7 at 9 p.m. on Bravo TV.
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