These Photos of Donald Trump With His Kids Reveal What He’s Really Like as a Dad
You know him first as president of the United States, then as real estate mogul and boss on The Apprentice. Whether it’s for his policies on guns and immigration or his extramarital affairs, Donald Trump often dominates today’s news. Between his presidential duties and his legal affairs, he’s obviously very busy.
But what is Trump really like as a father and grandfather? We found these photos that may reveal some different sides to him. Interestingly, he seems to have quite a different relationship with each of his children. See who’s been described as the “forgotten” child (page 4) and what Trump says his grandkids call him (page 7).
1. Donald Trump Jr.
- Their relationship mirrors the distant one of the president and his own father.
Some say Donald Sr.’s relationship with Donald Jr., 40, mirrors the distant one Donald Sr. had with his own father, Fred Trump. “It wasn’t a typical ‘let’s go play catch in the backyard’ sort of father-son relationship,” Donald Jr. said. “We always went to job sites with him. We’d be in his office playing with trucks as a six-year-old while he’s negotiating deals with presidents of major companies.”
The president’s oldest child played a prominent role in his father’s presidential campaign and now runs the Trump Organization in New York. He got into hot water for his now-infamous 2016 meeting with Russians to find dirt on Hillary Clinton.
Next: The favorite one, all weird comments aside
2. Ivanka Trump
- He called her his favorite.
It’s obvious how fond Donald Sr. is of Ivanka, 36, even with his weird comment aside: “If Ivanka weren’t my daughter, I’d be dating her.” The two have always been close. She told CNN that when she was young, he’d always pick up the phone for her, no matter how busy he was. He’s said she’s his favorite.
He chose Ivanka to introduce him at the 2016 Republican National Convention. When he became president, he gave both Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner unpaid positions with West Wing offices and security clearance.
Next: To some extent, he was raised by his siblings.
3. Eric Trump
- Donald Jr. acted as a father figure to him.
Like his older brother, Eric Trump has talked about their father constantly working when they were young. [Donald Jr. has] always been my friend, a mentor,” Eric said in 2006. “In a way, he raised me. My father, I love and I appreciate, but he always worked 24 hours a day.”
Eric, 34, is the youngest child of Donald Sr. and ex-wife Ivana Trump. He was eight when his parents divorced, after which all three kids went to boarding school. Eric currently helps Donald Jr. run the Trump Organization in New York.
Next: The “forgotten child”
4. Tiffany Trump
- She grew up in Los Angeles, far from her father.
While Trump shares his three oldest children with ex-wife Ivana Trump, he shares daughter Tiffany Trump, 24, with ex-wife Marla Maples. He doesn’t have as close a relationship with Tiffany, likely due to her growing up on the other side of the country. “A lot of the fathers are here for all her basketball games, but she knows her dad loves her,” Maples said years ago.
Tiffany has kept more in the background, while her older half-siblings play a larger role in their father’s administration. Maybe she’ll be around more now that she’s in law school at Georgetown University.
Next: It was 12 years before the next sibling came along.
5. Barron Trump
- He’s the president’s only child with wife Melania.
Barron, 12, is the only child of the president and his wife Melania Trump. He’s the first young son since John F. Kennedy Jr. to reside at the White House with his parents. We hear very little about him, and he leads a life somewhat private from the media. He attends St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland — located 15 miles, or an hour’s roundtrip commute, from the White House.
While Barron is said to be close to his mom, we don’t hear much about his relationship with his father. Occasionally, they appear in photos together at events like the White House Easter Egg Roll and viewing the 2017 solar eclipse.
Next: See how many grandkids Trump has
6. His 9 grandkids
- They range from age 10 to infancy.
The president has 9 grandkids: five from Donald Jr., three from Ivanka, and one from Eric. They range in age from 10 years to infancy. When the latest was born in September 2017, the president tweeted congratulations to his son Eric and wife Lara.
He also retweeted a photo of Ivanka’s kids Arabella and Joseph singing for China’s president and his wife in April 2017.
Next: He instructed them to call him this.
7. What his grandkids call him
- He prefers to be called “Donald,” rather than “Grandpa.”
Trump hasn’t said much in interviews regarding his grandchildren. “[‘Grandfather’] is a hard word to get used to,” he said on The View in 2015. “I have them call me ‘Donald.’” Either way, based on social media photos, the president seems to look most content and relaxed when in the company of his grandkids.
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