Sunday 25 February 2018

Meet the Trumps: Who's who in America's incoming First Family

(L-R) Eric Trump, Lara Yunaska Trump, Donald Trump, Barron Trump, Melania Trump, Vanessa Haydon Trump, Kai Madison Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Donald John Trump III, and Ivanka Trump pose for photos on stage after Donald Trump announced his candidacy for the U.S. presidency at Trump Tower on June 16, 2015
(L-R) Eric Trump, Lara Yunaska Trump, Donald Trump, Barron Trump, Melania Trump, Vanessa Haydon Trump, Kai Madison Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Donald John Trump III, and Ivanka Trump pose for photos on stage after Donald Trump announced his candidacy for the U.S. presidency at Trump Tower on June 16, 2015
Ivanka Trump (R) and Jared Kushner (L) attend their wedding at Trump National Golf Club on October 25, 2009 in Bedminster, New Jersey. (Photo Brian Marcus/Fred Marcus Photography via Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump (R) and Jared Kushner (L) attend their wedding at Trump National Golf Club on October 25, 2009 in Bedminster, New Jersey. (Photo Brian Marcus/Fred Marcus Photography via Getty Images)
Donald Trump and Melania arrive for the 73rd Annual Academy Awards March 25, 2001 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Weeks/Getty Images)
Melanie Knaus arrives for an event in New York City. (Photo by Diane Freed)
Donald Trump and son Barron attend the ceremony honoring him with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 16, 2007 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
The house that Ivanka Trump and her family will move into is seen in Washington, DC on January 5, 2017.
Donald Trump acknowledges the crowd along with his wife Melania Trump during his election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of November 9, 2016 in New York City. Donald Trump defeated Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to become the 45th president of the United States. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Eric Trump (R) and his wife Lara Yunaska use their iPhones during a campaign rally in the Lakawanna College Student Union November 7, 2016 in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Melania Trump speaks to supporters during a campaign event November 3, 2016
Melania Trumpspeaks during a rally for her husband on November 3, 2016
Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump attend the annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria on October 20, 2016 in New York City.
(L-R) Donald Trump's daughters-in-law Lara Trump and Vanessa Trump sit before the town hall debate at Washington University on October 9, 2016
Tiffany Trump attends the Taoray Wang fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at The Dock, Skylight at Moynihan Station on September 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Taoray Wang)
DonaldTrump embraces his son Barron Trump after he delivered his speech on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016
(L-R) Ivanka Trump, wife of Eric Trump, Lara Yunaska, and Tiffany Trump attend the third day of the Republican National Convention on July 20, 2016
Tiffany Trump, waves to the crowd as she walks off the stage after delivering a speech on the second day of the Republican National Convention
Tiffany Trump, delivers a speech on the second day of the Republican National Convention
Tiffany Trump takes part in the roll call in support of Donald Trump on the second day of the Republican National Convention
Melania Trump waves to the crowd after delivering a speech on the first day of the Republican National Convention
Melania Trump leaves after speaking on stage on the first day of the Republican National Convention
Donald Trump Jr. pose with his sister Ivanka Trump and brother Eric Trump after the wedding ceremony at the Mar-a-Lago Club November 12, 2005 in Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)
Jared Kushner and wife Ivanka Trump attend the "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for People.com)
Donald Trump Jr., son of Donald Trump, greets the audience after speaking on the second day of the Republican National Convention
Eric Trump does a television interview before the ribbon cutting ceremony during the grand opening of the new Trump International Hotel October 26, 2016
Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of President-elect Donald Trump, walks through the lobby of Trump Tower on November 18, 2016 in New York City. President-elect Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Jared Kushner exits Trump Tower, December 7, 2016 in New York City. President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump visits with women GOP members of Congress at the Republican National Committee headquarters on Capitol Hill September 20, 2016 in Washington, DC. In an effort to reach out to women voters, Trump met with the female politicians to promote her father's proposals on child care. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump speaks during the ribbon cutting ceremony at the grand opening of the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC on October 26, 2016. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump introduces her father, Republican presidential hopeful Donald J. Trump, during a campaign event at the Aston Township Community Center on September 13, 2016 in Aston, Pennsylvania. Recent national polls show the presidential race is tightening with two months until the election. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
Jared Kushner (L) and Ivanka Trump attend the "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
Donald Trump and Melania Knauss attend the "2004 CFDA Fashion Awards" at the New York Public Library June 7, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
Donald Trump Jr. (R) and his wife Vanessa Trump greet Republican caucus-goers in precinct 317 at Valley Church ahead of the party caucus on February 1, 2016 in West Des Moines, Iowa. The Democratic and Republican Iowa Caucuses, the first step in nominating a presidential candidate from each party, take place today. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
Lara Trump (L) and Eric Trump attend the Elvis Trumps Cancer Walk Benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at Cadman Plaza on September 26, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images)
Eric Trump and Lara Trump attend the 9th Annual Eric Trump Foundation Golf Invitational Auction & Dinner at Trump National Golf Club Westchester on September 21, 2015 in Briarcliff Manor, New York. (Photo by Grant Lamos IV/Getty Images)
Donald Trump Jr. and Vanessa Trump attend the 9th Annual Eric Trump Foundation Golf Invitational Auction & Dinner at Trump National Golf Club Westchester on September 21, 2015 in Briarcliff Manor, New York. (Photo by Grant Lamos IV/Getty Images)
Jared Kushner (L) and Ivanka Trump attend the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
Jared Kushner (L) and Ivanka Trump attend the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump (R) and Jared Kushner attend the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
Barron Trump and Melania Trump attends Trump Invitational Grand Prix Mar-a-Lago Club at The Mar-a-Largo Club on January 4, 2015 in Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
Jared Kushner (L) and Ivanka Trump attend the Valentino Sala Bianca 945 Event on December 10, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Inauguration Day is nearly upon us, whether we like it or not.

This Friday,  January 20, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C., flanked by his family.

Unlike previous presidents with younger children, Trump's four adult children will play key roles in his administration and his youngest son Barron (10) won't even live at the White House (he will remain with his mother Melania at their gilded penthouse in Trump Tower so as not to affect his schooling).

But who's who in the White House's non-traditional, incoming First Family?

Melania Trump

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Melania Trump waves to the crowd after delivering a speech on the first day of the Republican National Convention
 

The incoming First Lady (46) is a former model who originally hails from Slovenia. She took a backseat throughout much of her husband's campaign, only making select appearances to publicly support him - including her infamous speech at the Republic National Convention which was largely plagiarised by outgoing First Lady Michelle Obama's DNC speech four years earlier.

Despite her avoiding the spotlight, she hasn't been free from controversy - in the early stages of Trump's campaign, nude pictures from her early modelling career were published by the New York Post in August of last year and debate still wages on as to whether or not she graduated from the University of Slovenia with a degree in architecture as her website previously claimed.

The bio section in now-defunct website MelaniaTrump.com stated that she had the third level qualification, but it's been largely reported that she left mid-way through her first year of studies.

Melania, whose maiden name is Knauss, first met 'The Donald' in 1998 at a party during New York Fashion Week. They wed in 2005 in a ceremony covered by US Vogue and they welcomed their son Barron in March, 2006.

While most designers clamour to dress the FLOTUS, a large number of fashion industry bigwigs have publicly boycotted dressing Melania in retaliation to her husband's offensive rhetoric concerning Muslims, women and Mexican immigrants.

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Melanie Knaus arrives for an event in New York City. (Photo by Diane Freed)

Ivanka Trump

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Ivanka Trump introduces her father, Republican presidential hopeful Donald J. Trump, during a campaign event at the Aston Township Community Center on September 13, 2016 in Aston, Pennsylvania. Recent national polls show the presidential race is tightening with two months until the election. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
 

Melania might be the official First Lady, but Ivanka (35) is the real queen of the castle. A stalwart by her father's side throughout his two-year campaign, even while heavily pregnant, Ivanka was instrumental in his successful election outcome by softening his image to white female voters.

The former model's ethos has been at odds with her father's misogynistic discourse concerning women -  e.g. his 1994 ABC News interview, "I think putting a woman to work is a very dangerous thing" - and pioneered a #WomenWhoWork scheme. She distanced herself at times throughout her father's campaign, describing herself as a "daughter, not a clone". 

She is an advocate of affordable childcare and maternity cover, an agenda already being pushed in Congress, but isn't without her own controversy as many of her previous employees allege they were not given paid maternity leave while working for her.

In the family's first interview after her father was named President, she separated herself from her eponymous fashion company for trying to sell a $10,000 bracelet she was wearing during the family's 60 Minutes interview, blaming a "well intentioned marketing employee".

She is a mother of three - Arabella Rose (five), Joseph Frederick (three) and Theodore James (10 months) - and converted to Judaism to marry Jared Kushner in 2009.

In order to comply with ethics laws, Ivanka left her executive position at Trump Organisation so she no longer profits from the company and moved her family to Washington, where she will live just a few doors down from the Obamas in a €5.5m home.

It's unclear what her exact role is, but unofficially, she will be the President's most trusted consultant.

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The house that Ivanka Trump and her family will move into is seen in Washington, DC on January 5, 2017.

Jared Kushner

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Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of President-elect Donald Trump, walks through the lobby of Trump Tower on November 18, 2016 in New York City. President-elect Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
 

Which brings us to Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner (36), a man who landed a Forbes cover with the tagline 'This Guy Got Trump Elected'.

Kushner comes frm old New York money and his family boasts a real estate portfolio to rival Trump's, as well as owning the New York Observer newspaper, but he has resigned from all his positions to act as a senior adviser to the President in the White House, a move which has been largely critiqued as being in contradiction with anti-nepotism laws.

But Kushner has nestled his way into Trump's inner circle and much like his wife, was considered to be Trump's unofficial campaign manager, developing his digital strategy with "virtually no resources" and no political experience.

As former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said in the Forbes interview, "Every president I've ever known has one or two people he intuitively and structurally trusts. I think Jared might be that person."

He first met Ivanka in 2007 through mutual friends and they wed two years later in a lavish ceremony at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey (their wedding invitations were rumoured to have contained promotional material for golf courses owned by the family).

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Ivanka Trump (R) and Jared Kushner (L) attend their wedding at Trump National Golf Club on October 25, 2009 in Bedminster, New Jersey. (Photo Brian Marcus/Fred Marcus Photography via Getty Images)

Donald Trump Jr

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Donald Trump Jr., son of Donald Trump, greets the audience after speaking on the second day of the Republican National Convention
 

He and brother Eric might play second fiddle to Ivanka, but the brothers will be responsible for running the family businesses during Trump's run in the White House as the President-elect revealed in a dramatic press conference last week.

The 38-year-old reportedly considered a run as Mayor of New York City this year, according to Vanity Fair, an idea his father is said to have quickly extinguished.

He, Ivanka and Eric are from Trump's first marriage to socialite Ivana and were raised by their mother and her parents Milos and Maria Zelnicek who lived in Trump Tower, only developing a closer relationship with their father as adults.

When news of his father's affair with Marla Maples went public in 1990, 'Donny' lashed out at his father, reflecting on the scandal he experienced as a child with the wisdom of an adult.

"Listen, it’s tough to be a 12-year-old,” he told New York magazine in a rare intereview in 2003.

"You’re not quite a man, but you think you are. You think you know everything. Being driven into school every day and you see the front page and it’s divorce! THE BEST SEX I EVER HAD! And you don’t even know what that means. At that age, kids are naturally cruel. Your private life becomes very public, and I didn’t have anything to do with it.”

He has been married to Vanessa Trump (nee Haydon) since 2005 and they have five children together.

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Donald Trump Jr. and Vanessa Trump attend the 9th Annual Eric Trump Foundation Golf Invitational Auction & Dinner at Trump National Golf Club Westchester on September 21, 2015 in Briarcliff Manor, New York. (Photo by Grant Lamos IV/Getty Images)

Eric Trump

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Eric Trump does a television interview before the ribbon cutting ceremony during the grand opening of the new Trump International Hotel October 26, 2016
 

Much like his older brother Donald Jr, Eric (33) kept to the shadows for much of his father's campaign and has only ever given a handful of interviews. But the pair will manage the family's business interests over the next four years.

Arguably the most low-key member of the Trump family, he has been working as the vice president of the Trump Organisation and unlike his siblings (excluding 10-year-old Barron) has opted away from public life where possible.

He wed Lara Yunaska at Mar-A-Lago in 2014 in a ceremony officiated by Jared Kushner. They have no children.

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Lara Trump (L) and Eric Trump attend the Elvis Trumps Cancer Walk Benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at Cadman Plaza on September 26, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images)

Tiffany Trump

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Tiffany Trump takes part in the roll call in support of Donald Trump on the second day of the Republican National Convention
 

Tiffany (23) is the only child from Trump's brief union to Marla Maples. A recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she was raised predominantly by her mother in Los Angeles while her father remained in New York.

Although she did appear on the campaign trail, most notably giving a speech honouring her father at the Republic National Convention, which was praised and slated in equal measure.

Growing up, it was well documented she had a distant relationship with her father, but she hit the campaign trail in 2015 and also contributed to his popularity among female and younger voters and is said to consider Ivanka as a mentor.

In 2014, she released a single Like a Bird which critics dug up during the campaign, and is preparing to study at law school.

Barron Trump

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DonaldTrump embraces his son Barron Trump after he delivered his speech on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016
 

At just 10 years old, Barron has made only a handful of appearances alongside his much older, half-siblings. He is currently studying at a private school in New York City, where he will remain with his mother Melania - at least until this year's school term is over.

His nickname is "mini Donald" and he is "not a sweatpants child", according to his mother.

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Donald Trump and son Barron attend the ceremony honoring him with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 16, 2007 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)

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