Donald Trump, who is responsible for many of the world’s most recognized developments, will soon become familiar with some new real estate.
With 132 rooms and 35 bathrooms sprawling over 55,000-square feet, the White House is undoubtedly big enough to accommodate Trump’s large family. We saw them on the election campaign trail and by all means, they appear to be a very tight-knit clan. In fact, Trump’s children are his closest confidants.
And the family’s connection has not gone unnoticed by others. When asked at the second presidential debate to name one positive thing about Trump, Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton said, “I respect his children. His children are incredibly able and devoted, and I think that says a lot about Donald.”
But unlike the Obama family – Barack, Michelle, Malia and Sasha – who the world has come to know very well over the years, not everyone is familiar with the members of Trump’s large family tree. So who exactly is America’s new first family?
The Family Tree of the 45th U.S. President
The new first lady grew up in the former Yugoslavia and speaks five languages: Slovene, English, French, Serbian and German. She became Trump’s third wife after the couple married in 2005 and gave birth to their son, Barron, the following year.
During the Republican’s election campaign, she chose to keep a fairly low profile. That is until her disastrous speech at the Republican National Convention, which was found to be partially plagiarized from Michelle Obama.
Throughout the campaign, the former model was referred to as a “trophy spouse” and slut-shamed for posing nude in a men’s magazine before she met Trump. But she stood firm about making no apologies for the photos, telling CNN, “I’m not ashamed of my body…and it was done as art, as a celebration of [the] female body.”
Melania will be the first presidential wife in more than 200 years not to move into the White House on Inauguration Day. Instead, she will be traveling between New York and Washington until at least June, when Barron finishes school.
Pressed in 1999 by The New York Times on what her role would be should she and Trump ever make it to the White House, she responded, “I would be very traditional. Like Betty Ford or Jackie Kennedy.”
Also known as Don, he is Trump’s eldest son with first wife Ivana. Donald Jr. blamed his father for his parents’ bitter divorce, which was splashed across the front pages of tabloids for months. He didn’t speak with his father for a year before patching things up.
He credits his father for his strong work ethic and says he taught him the value of a dollar. “Even in college, we were very fiscally responsible,” he told New York Magazine. “I had 300 bucks a month; anything I wanted beyond that, I had to work for.”
During the election campaign, Donald Jr. drew criticism when he tweeted a picture comparing Syrian refugees to poisoned Skittles, suggesting America should not accept any.
Today Donald Jr. works in the family business. He and his brother have now been handed the reins to Trump Sr.’s business empire while he occupies the White House. And also like his father, Don married a model. The couple has five children, including a son named Donald III.
Like her brothers, Ivanka was groomed to be a model employee for the family business — disciplined, hardworking and loyal. “We were sort of bred to be competitive,” she told New York Magazine. “Dad encourages it. I remember skiing with him and we were racing. I was ahead, and he reached his ski pole out and pulled me back.”
That competitive fire led to Ivanka launching successful business ventures of her own: a jewelry collection and eponymous fashion label. However, she recently announced that she would be distancing herself from her company and stepping down from the Trump Organization.