Current Wife & First Lady
Melania Trump began her modeling career at the age of 16 in Slovenia. Two years later she signed with an agency in Milan. She attended the University of Ljubljana for one year before dropping out to continue her modeling career. She did not earn a degree, even though at one time she claimed to have earned one in design and architecture. She moved to New York in 1996, and continued to become a rising model.
While on a date with a different women, Donald Trump approached Melania at a fashion party and asked her for her phone number. Melania refused, but took his number and called him about a week later. They began dating and were engaged in 2004.
It appears that Melania is somewhat of a private person, who has willingly (and perhaps sometimes unwillingly) put up with her husband’s ambitions and antics. It would also appear that she has no interest in being First Lady, or being involved in politics in any way. She plans to stay in New York for at least the first five months of Trump’s presidency raising their 11 year old son, Barron. In May of 2017, it was announced which school her son Barron will attend in Washington later in the year. However, many people wonder if she desires to fully fill the role of the First Lady. President Trump and others have suggested that perhaps Trump’s oldest daughter, Ivanka, will assume many of the duties traditionally performed by the First Lady.
Melania is smart enough to speak five languages. Unfortunately, she wasn’t smart enough to write her own speech at the Republican National Convention where her speech writer plagiarized parts of a speech by Michelle Obama. It seemed clear that she was not a willing participant in the whole campaign, let alone the convention, and has since tried her best to keep away from all but the most important political events.
Melania has stated that, as First Lady, she wants to stop bullying on social media, and be an “advocate for women and children”. Many people thought this comment was extremely ironic, considering her husbands track record of cyberbullying, and his comments about women such as Rosie O’Donnell. If she is trying to finding a starting point for her advocacy, perhaps she should be like Dorothy of the Wizard of Oz, click her ruby heels together three times and repeat over and over, “there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home”.
Will she embrace the role of First Lady, a role she doesn’t seem to want? Only time will tell, but for now she appears to be content living in a $100 million New York Penthouse apartment and being able to travel at will on a private 757.
Donald Trump Jr.
First child of Donald and 1st Wife Ivana
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Born New Year’s Eve 1977, Donald Trump Jr. is the oldest of three children between Donald Trump and Ivana Trump. He attended a private prep school in Pennsylvania, then went on to earn a B.S. in Finance from Wharton.
After graduation he moved to Aspen Colorado, and like half of the population there, he escaped reality by tending bar and living the life of a ski bum. After a year in Aspen he returned to New York, and landed a job with the up and coming Trump Organization, where he now serves as Executive Vice President along with his brother Eric.
Technically, Donald Jr. is not involved in politics. Due to conflict of interest laws, on January 11, 2017 Donald Sr. formed a trust to hold the assets of the Trump Organization, and he designated Donald Jr. and Eric to run the trust.
From a business standpoint, Donald Jr. seems to be respected and well liked. However, some question his affinity for big game hunting after photos of him posing with his kills went viral. He and his brother Eric have reportedly killed one or more elephants, leopards, kudu, civet, water buffalo, crocodile, deer, elk, big horn sheep….. and some people just don’t understand why he wants to shoot an elephant for fun. Photos of him posing with his kills are easily found on the internet.
Middle child of Donald and 1st Wife Ivana
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Born October 30, 1981, Ivanka Trump is the middle child of Donald and Ivana. Married with three children, she attended Georgetown
University before transferring and graduating from Wharton cum laude with a degree in Economics.
Not sharing the brash personality of her father, Ivanka is well liked socially and has a respected business acumen. She dated Jared Kushner for three years before they separated. It was rumored that Jared’s parents insisted he only marry a Jewish woman, and as a Presbyterian, Ivanka didn’t meet the standard. She eventually converted to Orthodox Judaism and they were married in a Jewish ceremony in October of 2009.
As of March 29th, Ivana took the official, unpaid position of Assistant to the President. This position will provide her with an office in the White House, and should be a benefit to both her father and the public. As an official employee, she is subject to all ethic laws and regulations. The fact that she wants to be subject to ethics scrutiny is a strong statement, as the President had been rumored to be against the idea.
From the outside, many people hope that she will be in the White House more often. She is a gracious host and representative. And while it may be coincidence at this point, it seems that Trump doesn’t get into much trouble while she and her husband are there. He has made his worst mistakes on the days Ivanka and Jared are away.
Third child of Donald and 1st Wife Ivana
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Born January 6, 1984, Eric is the third and last child by Donald Sr. and Ivana Trump. He graduated with honors from Georgetown University with a degree in Finance and Management.
Like his older brother Donald Jr., Eric is supposed to be removed from politics in order to oversee the trust charged with running the Trump Organization. Because of Ethics concerns, President Trump should not have any knowledge of his personal investments and business dealings while in office. However, in an interview with Forbes magazine in March 2017, Eric stated that he will keep his father updated on the business. It seems that even though they are aware of the laws and regulations, they don’t care to abide by them.
To his credit, Eric established the Eric Trump Foundation which has donated over $16 million dollars to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital over the past ten years. An extremely impressive sum for an outstanding charity. However, much of the donations were raised by golf events held at Trump properties, and while a significant amount of the donations were forwarded, it seems that the Trump Organization itself did not contribute, and actually charged the foundation over $470,000 in 2013/14 alone to use its facilities to hold the events.
Eric also shares his brother’s interest in killing big game for fun, and pictures of him posing with his kills are easily found on the internet.
Only child of Donald and 2nd Wife Marla Maples
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Born October 13, 1993 Tiffany is the only child of Donald Sr. and second wife Marla Maples. Tiffany graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016 with a duel major in Sociology and Urban Studies.
It is rumored that Tiffany was raised mostly by her mother, with little input from Trump. It does not appear she has had any history with the Trump Organization, or has been included in Real Estate projects.
Tiffany was accepted into Georgetown Law School, in Washington DC, and will begin classes in the Fall of 2017.
Only child of Donald 3rd Wife Melania
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Barron was born March 20, 2006. He is the youngest child of Donald Sr., and the only child between Donald Sr. and current wife Melania Trump.
Barron currently resides in New York with his Mother in Trump Tower. It was announce in May 2017 that he will be enrolled at a Maryland school in the Fall, and it is anticipated he and his Mother Melania will move into the White House sometime in June. His mother, Melania, is originally from Slovenia, and it has been reported that Barron is fluent in both English and Slovene.