Weekend special: The Trumps

Melania Trump

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Melania Trump, Photo:ddp Usa/Rex/Shutterstock

Trump’s wife of 11 years has been the subject of great scrutiny and even ridicule during her husband’s divisive campaign. The former model, 46, stood by Trump after a video of him bragging about groping women – recorded the year they were married – surfaced, and 13 women accused him of unwanted sexual advances. She made headlines during the Republican national convention when she was accused of plagiarizing a section of her speech from Michelle Obama. Towards the end of the campaign, she called for less bullying online, which puzzled many onlookers given her husband’s use of inflammatory language on Twitter.

Ivanka Trump


Ivanka Trump, Photo:Olivier Douliery

Trump’s daughter, a vice-president at his company, was placed in one of the most difficult positions of all the Trump family members during this campaign. The former model who owns a number of businesses, including a clothing line and a jewelry line, has long positioned herself as an advocate for women’s rights, and converted to Judaism when she married Jared Kushner. Yet her father’s campaign became mired in charges of misogyny, and dog-whistle antisemitism. Trump, 35, is a close friend of Hillary Clinton’s daughter Chelsea and donated to Clinton’s campaign in 2007. But she was steadfast in her support for her father and rarely criticized his comments about groping women on a leaked Access Hollywood tape, nor his stance on abortion. Vitriol for her father spilled over to her when a call to boycott her clothes gained some steam in the last weeks of the election.

Eric Trump


Eric Trump, Photo:Mathieson Sr/Rex/Shutterstock

Eric Trump has been a regular feature throughout his father’s campaign, appearing on television and at campaign stops. Like his siblings, he holds an executive role at the Trump Organization. His charity, the Eric Trump Foundation, was caught up in an extensive investigation into Trump’s charitable donations by the Washington Post when Trump, 32, said his father had donated to it but then backtracked when asked for details. He and his brother Donald Trump Jr have been criticized for hunting big animals such as leopards and crocodiles. He was also accused of breaking New York State law on election day by tweeting a picture of his ballot. He married Lara Yunaska two years ago.

Donald Trump Jr


Donald Trump Jr, Photo: AP photo

One of three children from Trump’s first marriage with Ivana, Donald Trump Jr, 38, has been extremely active on the campaign trail for his father. Like his siblings, he works in the family business, The Trump Organization, and has appeared on The Apprentice. He drew criticism during the campaign when he tweeted a picture comparing Syrian refugees to deadly Skittles; he was also on the big game hunting trip with his brother. He is married to model Vanessa Kay Haydon, with whom he has five children.

Tiffany Trump


Tiffany Trump, Photo:Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Tiffany Trump has been the least visible of his older children during this campaign. She is the daughter of Trump’s second wife Marla Maples. She recently graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, maintains a popular Instagram account, and has tried her hand at pop music. She is perceived as being less close to her father than his other adult children.

Jared Kushner


Jared Kushner, Photo:Matt Baron/Bei/Shutterstock

Kushner is married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka. He is CEO of his family’s real estate company and owner of the New York Observer. His vocal support for his father-in-law throughout this campaign put his ownership of the Observer in the spotlight. One of the paper’s reporters wrote a piece calling out Kushner for his role in the campaign, after Trump was accused of antisemitism for tweeting a picture of the Star of David in an attack of Hillary Clinton. Kushner, who is Jewish, used the paper to defend Trump. He became a close adviser to the now president-elect over the course of the campaign.

Lara Yunaska


Lara Yunaska, Photo:Mathieson Sr/Rex/Shutterstock

Eric Trump’s wife of two years has kept a low-profile during the presidential campaign. She works as a producer at Inside Edition and was formerly a personal trainer. She is on the board of directors of the Eric Trump Foundation and is an active animal welfare advocate with groups such as the North Shore Animal League of America, the largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization in the world – a position which arguably conflicts with her husband’s love of hunting.

Barron Trump


Barron Trump, Photo:John Moore/Getty Images

Trump reportedly calls his 10-year old son, the only child of his marriage to Melania, “Little Donald”, and the two enjoy playing golf together. Despite his age he attracted a lot of attention during and after the elections.

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