True or False: Donald Trump Jr. and Vanessa Are Getting Divorced Because of Twitter
President Donald Trump’s son and his wife are getting a divorce, and the president’s favorite website may have played a role. Donald Trump Jr. and his wife, Vanessa Trump, filed for divorce on March 15, according to Page Six. While marriage and divorce both contain complexities, some details have emerged about the reason behind their dissolution. Let’s see if you can separate fact from fiction.
True or false: The couple has confirmed their split?
True: The couple’s divorce remains uncontested
After multiple sources exclusively relayed their marital troubles to Page Six, Vanessa and Donald Trump Jr. confirmed it. The couple later put out a joint statement.
“After 12 years of marriage, we have decided to go our separate ways. We will always have tremendous respect for each other and our families,” the couple wrote, saying their five children will remain “a priority. We ask for your privacy during this time,” they concluded.
True or false: The president actually introduced the couple.
True: The Donald introduced his son multiple times
Don Jr. and Vanessa first met at a fashion show in 2003, where the elder Donald Trump introduced his son to Vanessa repeatedly. At the time, the former model did not seem impressed. Vanessa Trump later told the New York Times when she and Don Jr. saw each other again, she had less than flattering things to say about the real estate mogul. “Wait,” she said, “You’re the one with the retarded dad!”
True or false: Don Jr. paid a hefty price for the engagement ring.
False: The couple got engaged with a free rock
The couple wed in 2005. Previously, Don Jr. proposed to Vanessa in a New Jersey mall with a $100,000 ring. He reportedly got it for free in exchange for making himself available for promotional opportunities. Only TV crews and paparazzi attended the nuptials. Today, the couple has five children together.
True or false: Don Jr.’s travel schedule took a toll on their marriage.
True: Vanessa’s husband spends very little time at home
One source told Page Six, “The problems have been there for a long time. The couple had hoped to stay together during the president’s time in office, but it is getting harder to resolve their issues. He’s never there.” Don Jr. and his brother Eric have taken over running the Trump Organization while their dad runs the country. Vanessa’s husband traveled to India in February and takes many big-game hunting trips, as well.
“Don Jr. has been busy traveling, which has contributed to their problems,” another source reported. “Vanessa is a devoted mother, but she is increasingly lonely and alone in the house with the children.”
True or false: Vanessa loves living life in the spotlight.
False: Increased scrutiny makes her uncomfortable
Their newly high-profile lifestyle makes Vanessa nervous, according to sources. One source told Page Six, “Vanessa is by nature is a very low-key person, and she is uncomfortable with the attention her family is getting now the Trumps are on the world stage.” The mother also feels increasingly worried for her kids. Recently, an unhinged man sent a threatening letter containing white powder to the family.
“Thankful that Vanessa & my children are safe and unharmed after the incredibly scary situation that occurred this morning,” Trump Jr. tweeted after the incident. “Truly disgusting that certain individuals choose to express their opposing views with such disturbing behavior.”
True or false: Speaking of Twitter, Vanessa doesn’t love her husband’s engagement there.
True: The first son’s use of Twitter concerns his loved ones
Some of Don Jr.’s friends, as well as his wife, have gotten concerned about him, following his radical stance on Twitter. His increasingly controversial tweets have only intensified their concern. Recently, he liked a tweet linking antidepressants to mass murder, and also liked a tweet attacking a teen survivor of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. Following the school shooting, Don Jr. also urged his dad to stay strong on gun rights and remain against any assault weapons ban.
True or false: Legal troubles could also have caused concern.
True: The special counsel investigation does involve Don Jr.
White House special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III has been examining a June 2016 meeting Don Jr. took with Russians. During that meeting, the Russians offered dirt on Hillary Clinton and Don Jr. later helped craft a potentially misleading response to The New York Times. Don Jr. released his emails about the meeting. Mueller continues investigating the family, which must have caused tension in the family. Some even suspect the divorce could protect the family’s assets, should Don Jr. go down for obstruction of justice. Only time will tell.
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