US election: Meet House of Trump: ‘Subtlety is not our strength’

US election: Meet House of Trump: ‘Subtlety is not our strength’, by Caroline Overington.

Trump was one of five children. He has five children. One of his sons has five children. Daughter Ivanka has three, and they’re Jewish …

They like real estate: Trump’s father was a property developer. Trump is a property developer. Sons Donald Jr and Eric are property developers, as is son-in-law Jar­ed Kushner, whose dad Charles was, yes, a property developer who went to jail for tax evasion.

They also like modelling: Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, is a former model; his current wife is a former model; his first wife, Ivana, was a model; his second wife, Marla Maples (whose dad was a property developer) was a model; his son, Donald Jr the property developer, is married to a model. …


Trump’s father, Fred Trump, was the son of German immigrants who made a fortune in real estate. One of his tenants was folk singer Woody Guthrie, who wrote a ballad called Old Man Trump, in which he accused Trump Sr of ­racism for refusing to allow black tenants to live in his buildings.

Trump’s mother, Mary Anne MacLeod, was a Scottish immigrant who arrived in New York the day after her 18th birthday. ­According to her immigration documents, she was penniless and seeking work as a domestic.

Brothers and sisters:

One of Trump’s sisters, Elizabeth, grew up to become a banker; his other sister, Maryanne, is a retired judge who served on the US Court of Appeals. His brother, Robert, served as a top Trump executive; another brother, Fred, died of alcoholism in 1981 aged 43, and this is why Trump doesn’t drink (his wife, Melania, doesn’t drink either).


Trump went to the University of Pennsylvania where he got an economics degree. In 1971, he took over his dad’s business. He built Trump Tower in 1982 and in 2004 first starred in a show called The Apprentice, which gave him his catchphrase: “You’re fired!”


No 1: Trump married Czech fashion model Ivana Zelnickova in 1977 and they had three children: Donald Jr, Ivanka and Eric. The couple divorced in 1992.

No 2: Marla Maples, with whom he has a daughter Tiffany, who is named for the 5th Avenue jewellery shop. They later divorced.

No 3: Melania Knauss, who came to the US to work … as a model.

Children: Donald Jr 38, Ivanka 35, Eric 32, Tiffany 23, and Barron 10.

Ivanka has a clothing, jewellery and cosmetics line said to be worth $US100 million. Trump has done a bit to embarrass her, telling radio star Howard Stern that she’s “got the best body … If she weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her”.  Ivanka also markets Trump’s buildings, often under the slogan: “Subtlety is not our strength.”

hat-tip Stephen Neil