Meet the Trumps: What you need to know about America's most controversial First Family ever

By Nicola Whitfield
20 January 2017

Who’s who in the Trump zoo?

They lined up on stage when he made his acceptance speech, a posse of glossy women, all toned, bright-eyed and dewyskinned despite it being 3 am.

For months the women in Donald Trump’s life had stood by him as he barged his way across America in the run-up to the election – and now that he’d achieved the seemingly impossible they were there, along with his sons, to bask in his glory.

And we're likely to see the Trump tribe out in full force today, as Donald Trump becomes Commander-in-Chief of the Land of the Free.

The White House will be a very different place from today on. Gone will be the Obamas, who brought daughters, dogs and dignity to the world’s best-known address – and in their place will be a former reality TV star, an ex-model who’s posed in the nude and a 10-year-old boy who’s known nothing but unimaginable luxury.

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Trump, his wife, Melania, and their son, Barron, will be the full-time occupants of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC, but the other Trump kids are bound to be regular visitors. Hillary Clinton, asked in the second presidential debate to say something positive about Trump, responded, “I respect his children. They’re incredibly able and devoted and I think that says a lot about Donald.”

The wife

1. Melania Trump (46)

Spare a thought for the Slovenian-born former model. She may be gorgeous and wealthy but she has mighty big first lady shoes to fill: Michelle Obama is a Harvard-educated lawyer and a real force of nature.

Melania is cut from different cloth. She took a back seat as her husband cut a swathe across the country – and when she did show her support by speaking at the Republican National Convention she was widely ridiculed after being bust for plagiarising

a speech Michelle had previously made.

But Melania has something in common with her White House predecessor: she too is a devoted mother and always puts her child first. She doesn’t have a nanny and spends most of her time with her son.

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“My husband is travelling all the time,” she told People magazine recently. “Barron needs a full-time parent.”

Melania may not be as educated as Michelle – she dropped out of university in Slovenia to become a model – but she speaks five languages: Slovenian, French, German, English and Serbian.

She’ll be the second foreign-born first lady – John Quincy Adams, US president from 1825 to 1829, was married to Englishwoman Louisa Adams. She’ll also not be the first model in the White House: Betty Ford (wife of Gerald Ford) and Pat Nixon (wife of Richard Nixon) had both been models.

But she’ll be the first president’s wife to have taken off all her clothes for a shoot. In 2000 Trump’s then girlfriend reclined naked on a fur blanket inside Trump’s private jet for GQ magazine. She also posed in a bra and G-string while holding a gun – and Trump remarked how “hot” she looked “in a very small thong”.

As a first lady she’s likely to be a “classic”, according to stylist Phillip Bloch, who’s worked with Melania and her husband.

“She’ll be great at picking out the china patterns. She has very good taste.”

Which must surely mean she left the décor to her husband when it came to the family’s three-storey penthouse apartment in Trump Tower, New York. The place gives new meaning to over-the-top opulence: 24-carat gold fittings, imported marble and crystal chandeliers abound and there are baroque paintings on the ceilings.

Still, Trump has vowed moderation. “If I were elected I would probably look at the White House and maybe touch it up a little

bit,” he said before the election. “But the White House is a special place. You don’t want to do much touching.”

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We’ll have to watch and wait.

The daughters

2. Ivanka Trump (35)

Trump’s second child with his first wife, Ivana, is an executive vice-president of her father’s empire, The Trump Organization, and – like most of the women in her dad’s life – has worked as a model.

She converted to Judaism after marrying property developer Jared Kushner and they have three children, Arabella (5), Joseph (3) and Theodore (seven months).

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Ivanka has been described as the “shining star of the Trump family ensemble” and her profile is set to grow as her father takes over the Oval Office. Trump often refers to her as his favourite and she’s been given “unparalleled levels of authority in the family business”, according to The Week.

She was widely regarded as one of the most important people in her father’s campaign, exuding warmth and appealing to voters to the left of her father’s traditional supporters.

Ivanka, one commentator says, will be Trump’s “real first lady”.

She’s also, of course, the child her father declared he’d date “if she weren’t my daughter. She does have a very nice figure”.

Interestingly, Ivanka and Chelsea Clinton, Bill and Hillary’s daughter, are friends. “Our friendship has never been about politics,” she told American magazine People. “I don’t expect it will be about politics in the future.”

3. Tiffany Trump (23)

The president-elect’s youngest daughter and his only child with his second wife, actress Marla Maples, is reportedly named after topend jewellery store Tiffany & Co. She grew up in California and recently graduated at the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in urban studies and sociology.

“She got all A’s so we’re proud of her,” her dad said. She’s dating Ross Mechanic, a 22-year-old software engineering student who’s also a Democrat and expressed his support for Hillary Clinton on social media. But he has a head for business, insiders say, which would endear him to The Donald.

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The sons

4. Donald Trump Jnr (38)

He’s Trump’s eldest child with Ivana and an executive vice-president of The Trump Organization.

He’s married to former model Vanessa Haydon and they have five children: Kai (9), Donald III (7), Tristan (5), Spencer (4)

and Chloe (2).

Donald Jnr found himself in trouble during his dad’s campaign when he compared Syrian refugees to Skittles sweets in a meme posted on Twitter.

“If I had a bowl of Skittles and I told you just three would kill you, would you take a handful? That’s our Syrian refugee problem.”

5. Eric Trump (32)

Trump’s third child with Ivana is another executive vice-president of his dad’s business and is married to Lara Yunaska, a TV producer. They have no kids.

6. Barron Trump (10)

The poor kid came in for some flak on social media when he looked bored and/or sleepy while his dad made his acceptance speech. “When your own son doesn’t even wanna see you become #president,” one user tweeted. “Barron Trump looks how we all feel . . . a bit confuzzled,” another remarked.

Barron was kept largely out of sight during his dad’s campaign and to be thrust into the global spotlight at 3 am was probably a bit much. He’s more used to a life of indulgence: his toy car collection includes stretch limousines and a Mercedes-Benz convertible that he drives around his parents’ vast apartment.

Sources: The Week, The Telegraph, The Daily Mail, People, The Independent, The Sun

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