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The United States 45th President, Donald J. Trump's First Family - American Family Values 

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, along with the Trump children, demonstrate family unity in their personal as well as their professional lives. Daughter Ivanka works by her father's side in the official capacity of Presidential Advisor. President Trump's two adult sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, co-manage the family business, The Trump Organization. His youngest daughter, Tiffany Trump, recently graduated from Georgetown University Law Center with a law degree. Barron Trump is in his adolescent years, occupied with his education and being a teenager.

Every family has internal relationship issues within marriages and with other family matters, the Trump First Family is no exception. How they choose to deal with those issues is what matters. Private lives get muddied when families are as publicly scrutinized as the Trump First Family. Yet when faced with nonstop political opposition, smear campaigns and outright lies published in the media, our First Family does not allow the fake media spins to affect their genuine affection for one another. No matter the challenges which come their way, the Trump First Family acts with compassion for humanity across the earth and consistently honor their commitment as servant leaders to the people of the United States of America.

It is evident that President Trump mentors his children and grandchildren with actions which well support his words. The Trump First Family collectively and individually reflect his high standards on a daily basis.

Donald John Trump, born June 14, 1946 in Queens New York is the fourth of five children of Frederick Christ Trump, a successful real estate developer, and Mary MacLeod. 

According to Biography.com"He was an energetic, assertive child. In the 1950s, the Trumps' wealth increased with the postwar real estate boom. Trump was raised Presbyterian by his mother, and he identifies as a mainline Protestant. At age 13, Trump's parents sent him to the New York Military Academy, hoping the discipline of the school would channel his energy in a positive manner. He did well at the academy, both socially and academically, rising to become a star athlete and student leader by the time he graduated in 1964. Trump entered Fordham University in 1964. He transferred to the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania two years later and graduated in 1968 with a degree in economics. During his years at college, Trump worked at his father's real estate business during the summer. He also secured education deferments for the draft for the Vietnam War and ultimately a 1-Y medical deferment after he graduated."

President Trump was raised by his builder/real estate developer father, 'Fred' Trump, and his Scottish born mother, Mary MacLeod. Mary and Fred married in 1936 making Jamaica, Queens, NY their first home.  President Trumps parents have passed away, Fred in 1999 and Mary the following year.

President Donald J. Trump siblings are as follows, 

Maryanne Trump Barry : senior judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, who currently has an inactive status. 

Fred Trump Jr. : worked with his father, then became a pilot. Fred Jr struggled with alcohol, passed away in 1981 prompting Donald to announce that he never drinks alcohol or take drugs. President Trump has said about his older brother, "He had a profound impact on my life, because you never know where you're going to end up" 

Elizabeth Trump Grau : a retired banker who is married to film producer James Grau.

Robert Trump : Donald's younger brother who spent much of his career working for the family company and who passed away in 2020. 

Donald J. Trump was a very successful entrepreneur before he became a successful President of the United States. He created the family business, The Trump Organization, built upon the legendary 'Trump empire', all while amassing great wealth. He has traveled extensively and his name is known the world over. His generosity and philanthropic habits are not as well known, currently ongoing is his donation of his quarterly $100,000 presidential salary to worthy projects such as; donating $100,000 to HHS to Help Combat the Opioid Crisis one quarter, donating $100,000 to Help Repair and Restore' National Monuments in another.  Donald J. Trump became POTUS having never held a political position before. He looks for opportunities to succeed and views setbacks as learning experiences from which to continue to grow upon, is an innovative positive thinker, avid golfer and affectionate father and husband. 

Whitehouse.com explains President Donald J. Trump's success this way. 

"Donald J. Trump defines the American success story. Throughout his life he has continually set the standards of business and entrepreneurial excellence, especially in real estate, sports, and entertainment. Mr. Trump built on his success in private life when he entered into politics and public service. He remarkably won the Presidency in his first ever run for any political office.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Finance, Mr. Trump followed in his father's footsteps into the world of real estate development, making his mark in New York City. There, the Trump name soon became synonymous with the most prestigious of addresses in Manhattan and, subsequently, throughout the world.

Mr. Trump is also an accomplished author. He has written more than fourteen bestsellers. His first book, The Art of the Deal, is considered a business classic.

Mr. Trump announced his candidacy for the Presidency on June 16, 2015. He then accepted the Republican nomination for President of the United States in July of 2016, having defeated 17 other contenders during the Republican primaries.

On November 8, 2016, Mr. Trump was elected President in the largest Electoral College landslide for a Republican in 28 years. Mr. Trump won more than 2,600 counties nationwide, the most since President Ronald Reagan in 1984. He received the votes of more than 62 million Americans, the most ever for a Republican candidate.

Donald J. Trump is the 45th President of the United States. He believes the United States has incredible potential and will go on to exceed even its remarkable achievements of the past."

Melania Trump, born Melanija Knavs on April 26, 1970 in Novo Mesto, Slovenia. Melania became engaged to Donald in 2004, and on January 22, 2005, the two married in an Anglican service at the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, Florida. Their reception took place at the ballroom of the Trump owned,  Mar-a-Lago estate.  She has the distinction of being the second foreign-born First Lady, after Louisa Adams, and the only First Lady to become a naturalized U.S. citizen.

Per Whitehouse.gov : "At age 16, she began a highly successful modeling career, appearing in many high profile ad campaigns and working with some of the best photographers in the fashion industry. In 1996, Mrs. Trump moved to New York and ten years later, she became a United States Citizen. Mrs. Trump has always been an active member of her community. In 2005, she was Honorary Chairwoman for the Martha Graham Dance Company. That same year, she was awarded Goodwill Ambassador by the American Red Cross—a role she served in for four years. Mrs. Trump served five years as Honorary Chairwoman for the Boys' Club of New York and was named Woman of the Year in 2006 by the Police Athletic League. Mrs. Trump has participated in National Love Our Children Day and National Child Abuse Prevention month, ringing the closing bell at NASDAQ. In 2010, Mrs. Trump was the Chairwoman for the American Heart Association, which raised $1.7 million for research. That same year she launched her own jewelry collection."

Melania Trump, as intelligent as she is beautiful, is an accomplished women in her own right. First Lady Melania, speaks 5 languages: her native tongue Slovenian, English, French, Italian and German. Continuing her compassionate service as First Lady, she visits hurting children in hospitals and care centers, occasionally travels with her husband to visit disaster areas and tragic events offering comfort and aid to those in need. She visits schools both here and abroad sharing healing words and warm hugs with the adults and children she encounters. She extends her compassion with open arms and works actively to help end the blight of drug addiction. Her sincere dedication to end opioid and other drug addictions inspired First Lady Melania Trump to create the BE BEST program described at Whitehouse.gov by Melania herself:

"It remains our generation's moral imperative to take responsibility and help our children manage the many issues they are facing today, including encouraging positive social, emotional, and physical habits... The mission of BE BEST is to focus on some of the major issues facing children today, with the goal of encouraging children to BE BEST in their individual paths, while also teaching them the importance of social, emotional, and physical health. BE BEST will concentrate on three main pillars: well-being, online safety, and opioid abuse."

Along with being an engaging, talented, elegant woman, Melania is a kind, graceful, creative First Lady. A beloved wife to President Donald J. Trump, and a loving mother to their son, Barron Trump.

President and First Lady Melania Trump's son, Barron William Trump, turned 14 on March 20, 2020. He is rarely photographed unless with his parents, has grown taller than his 6'2" tall father, and his interests as a teenager includes sports and chess. Under Melania's tutelage Barron is bilingual, fluent in both English and Slovene.

More fun-fact details about Barron Trump from Town&Country :

  • "Barron is the first boy to live in the White House since JFK Jr. The three most recent presidents—Obama, Bush, and Clinton—have been fathers only to girls. While other presidents since JFK's time have had sons, they've all been adults who lived outside of the White House.
  • He is making history by attending St. Andrew's Episcopal School. While every president's child over the past 35 years has attended Sidwell Friends, the White House has confirmed Barron is attending St. Andrew's in Potomac, Maryland. He is the first presidential child to do so. In a statement, Melania praised the school for "its diverse community and commitment to academic excellence."
  • Barron is not frequently photographed. He is most commonly spotted traveling with his parents, boarding and disembarking Air Force One or the President's helicopter, as he was here, when the Trump family returned from their holiday trip to Mar-a-Lago.
  • His main interest is apparently "sports." In November of 2018, the First Lady spoke at a forum at Liberty University, the institution founded by Jerry Falwell in Lynchburg, Virginia that has been crucial in shoring up Donald Trump's support on the religious right. Melania was there to raise awareness about the opioid epidemic as part of her "Be Best" initiative, and she shared a few details about her family's life in the White House. She shared that Barron is not on social media and that he is "all into sports."
  • Barron is really tall. When's the last time you saw a seventh grader nearly as tall as his dad and former-model mom? While Barron's official height isn't publicly available, photos show he is as tall as (not taller than) the 6'2" President Trump. His mother Melania is 5'11" (without her ever-present heels)."

Tiffany Ariana Trump, born October 13, 1993, is the youngest daughter of President Trump. Her mother is Marla Maples, an actress and TV personality best known for being the second wife of Donald Trump. 

Biography.com states: "Raised primarily by her mother in California, Tiffany would visit her father several times a year in New York and spend some summer vacations at his Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago, but overall maintained a low profile for a Trump. In 2012, she followed in the footsteps of her famous father and older half-siblings, Donald Jr. and Ivanka, by attending the University of Pennsylvania, where she double-majored in sociology (with a concentration in law) and urban studies, and was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority." 

As a teen, Tiffany's singing talent was showcased in her 2011 single, "Like a Bird," with singers Sprite and Logic. But unlike her mother, Tiffany had no interest pursuing either an acting or singing career In the summer of 2011, big sister Ivanka helped her acquire an internship at Vouge where she remained until she began her college education at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating in 2016. 

Biography.com continues: "After her college graduation, Tiffany joined the other members of the Trump family at campaign appearances. She briefly stepped into the spotlight to give a speech about her father on the second night of the 2016 Republican National Convention. Noting up front that she was nervous, she said: "Like my father, I never back down from challenges, so here I am, a little new to the convention scene, but very honored and confident in the man America is coming to know. Following her dad's election to the presidency, Tiffany occasionally joined her family for public events like the White House Easter Egg Roll and traditional turkey pardoning at Thanksgiving. In August 2016, Tiffany posted a photo on Instagram with LSAT prep books in tow, indicating her intention to apply to law school. She took the exam on December 3, 2016, at the City University of New York in Long Island City and was later seen visiting Columbia, Harvard and New York University. She settled on Georgetown, where her older brother, Eric earned his bachelor's degree in 2006."

Ivanka Trump was born in Manhattan, NY on October 30, 1981 to President Trump and his first wife, Ivana (Zelnícková) Trump. She is the second oldest of Donald J. Trump's 5 children. 

Per Biography.com : "Ivanka grew up in the limelight alongside her famous parents, real estate mogul Donald Trump and socialite/Czech-American model Ivana Trump. The couple's marriage dissolved when Ivanka was 10, and she went on to attend boarding school. She was a student at the Chapin School and then later transferred to Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut. Unhappy at Choate but promising her parents she'd keep up her grades, Ivanka decided to try her hand at modeling at age 14."

Disappointed in what she experienced in the world of modeling, Ivanka left it behind. Once graduated from her fathers Alma mater, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Ivanka dabbled in real estate a couple years before joining the Trump Organization. Among her many accomplishments, she has written 2 #1 best selling books, and created her own fashion/lifestyle brand. 

" ... included in Fortune magazine's prestigious "40 Under 40" list (2014) and was honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (2015). Most recently, Ivanka was also featured in Time's 100 Most Influential list (2017) and Forbes' "World's 100 Most Powerful Women" (2017)." Whitehouse.gov 

Biography.com gives a few details about her personal life:

" Ivanka Ttrump married real estate developer and entrepreneur Jared Kushner in 2009. The couple has three children, Arabella Rose (born July 2011) and sons Joseph Frederick (born October 2013) and Theodore James Kushner (born March 2016). Ivanka converted to Orthodox Judaism in keeping with her husband's faith. She eats a kosher diet and observes the Sabbath. "

As President, her father takes full advantage of Ivanka's keen wisdom and skills, appointing her Advisor to the President. In her capacity as President Trump's Advisor:

".... she focuses on the education and economic empowerment of women and their families as well as job creation and economic growth through workforce development, skills training and entrepreneurship. " 

Eric Trump, born January 6, 1984, is the second son and third child of President Trump and socialite Ivana Trump . Currently he is the Executive Vice President of the Trump Organization and founder of the Eric Trump Foundation.

Eric's early years as explained at Biography.com"Eric Frederick Trump grew up in New York City and attended the elite Trinity School until 1995. As a child, he spent much of his free time with his older siblings, Don and Ivanka, rather than his busy parents. The trio also spent most of their childhood summers visiting their maternal grandparents, who had a rustic lifestyle, in Czechoslovakia." ... "After graduating from high school, Trump broke with family tradition by matriculating at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. instead of the University of Pennsylvania like his father, brother and sister. When they were home for the summer during their college years, Trump and Don spent time working on their father's many construction sites, including their own home in Westchester. In 2006, Trump graduated from Georgetown with a degree in finance and management, with honors."

After receiving his degree, Eric joined the Trump Organization in the role of Executive Vice President, Development and Acquisitions.

"He took on the responsibility for broadening the company's real estate portfolio and expanded the Trump Golf Collection from three properties to 19. In 2012 Forbes recognized Eric Trump among their top "30 under 30" in real estate. Following his father's successful campaign to become U.S. president in 2016, he and his older brother Donald were also named directors of a trust that holds the family business interests."

President Trump's name sake, Donald John Trump Jr. is the oldest of his 5 children, born on December 31, 1977 in New York City. His mother is Ivana Trump, President Trump's first wife. As a youth, along with his brother Eric and his sister Ivanka, when he wasn't with his parents or in school he spent summers with his maternal grandparents in Czechoslovakia. 

Biography.com writes "Don Jr. attended the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. After earning his degree in finance and real estate, he moved to Aspen, Colorado, where he spent his time camping, skiing and bartending. Tiring of the lifestyle, he returned to New York in 2001 to join his dad at the Trump Organization." 

Don Jr. currently serves as co- Executive Vice President of the Trump Organization, working side by side with his brother Eric Trump.

The Trump Organization bio for Don Jr. reports: "Upon joining the Trump Organization in 2001, Donald Jr. initially worked at Trump Place, the historic West Side Yards redevelopment in New York City, one of the most ambitious and successful large scale development projects in Manhattan. The project spanned several blocks, featured 17 buildings, and created a new community. From there he went on to lead the development of Trump Park Avenue, a conversion of the landmark Hotel Delmonico to an ultra-luxury residential condominium on Park Avenue at East 59th Street, which has been a tremendous success. Mr. Trump is also responsible for all of the commercial leasing for the Trump Organization which includes properties such as Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue and 40 Wall Street in downtown Manhattan. In addition to his real estate interests, Donald Jr. is an accomplished and sought after speaker. He has spoken extensively throughout the United States, and has given keynote speeches internationally, notably in Dubai and India. He was also featured as an advisor on the highly acclaimed NBC shows "The Apprentice" and the "The Celebrity Apprentice. Donald Jr. received his Bachelor's degree in Finance and Real Estate from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania. When he is not working, Donald Jr. enjoys being an avid outdoorsman as well as a devoted father to his five wonderful children."

Among his other worthy accomplishments, Don Trump Jr. has hosted the business show 21st Century Television, been involved with the medical charity Operation Smile and published his first book in November 2019, entitled 'Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us.'

On a more personal note, in 2005 Don Jr. married model Vanessa Haydon at the Trump Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, and went on to have five children. In 2012, the marriage dissolved, leaving both parents with joint responsibility and care for their children: Two daughters Kai Madison (born May 12, 2007) and Chloe Sophia (born June 16, 2014) and three sons, Donald John III (born February 18, 2009), Tristan Milos (born October 2, 2011), and Spencer Frederick (born October 21, 2012).

The Trump siblings — from left, Robert, Elizabeth, Freddy, Donald and Maryanne — in an undated photo. (Photo courtesy of the Trump family)
Vice President Micheal Richard Pence 48th VP of the United States.
Mike Pence dines on a flight with his mother, Nancy Pence.
VP Pence with daughters Audrey and Charlotte, and wife, mother and school teacher Karen Pence.

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Since before being elected President, Donald J Trump and family got to know and appreciate Mike Pence, along with his wife and daughters, on the campaign trail. Their relationship has noticeably grown from mere political allies to a shared bond of love and appreciation for one another. Both families share intimacies which undoubtedly reach far beyond the political spectrum.

Britannica states: "Mike Pence, in full Michael Richard Pence, (born June 7, 1959, Columbus, Indiana, U.S.), 48th vice president of the United States (2017– ) in the Republican administration of Pres. Donald Trump. He previously served as governor of Indiana (2013–17)."

Britannica goes on to describe his family, educational and spiritual influences, his attempted and failed runs for public office, the book he authored ,"Confessions of a Negative Campaigner" (1991) and a stint as an Indiana radio talk show host (1992–99).

"Through his media experience, Pence became an effective orator and developed his conservative brand. In 2000 he again ran for the House of Representatives and this time was successful, taking office the following year. During his six terms in Congress, he became especially known for his social conservatism; he often stated that he was "a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican, in that order."

Being a servant of the people suited Mike Pence. He took unpopular stances, even against his own party lines, while serving in the House of Representatives for six terms. Taking his experience in Washington DC to the next level, in 2012 he ran for and won the Governor position in Indiana. He had many accomplishments in the House of Representatives and even more as the Indiana Governor.

In July of 2016 then presidential candidate Donald J. Trump announced Mike Pence as his running mate. The Vice President's numerous accomplishments since taking office include capably advancing Administration policies and masterfully heading up the federal governments own White House Corona Virus task force. Mike Pence has taken the lead when asked and succeeded in keeping his commitments. Like President Trump, Vice President Pence is a force to be reckoned with and together they form a firm reliable front against any challenges that face The United States of America.

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Another family member who was very close to President Trump was his father Fred Trump's brother, John George Trump, who lived from August 21, 1907 to February 21, 1985.

Per Peoplepill.com John G. Trump : " was an American electrical engineer, inventor, and physicist. A professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1936 to 1973, he was a recipient of U.S. President Ronald Reagan's National Medal of Science and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. John Trump was noted for developing rotational radiation therapy. Together with Robert J. Van de Graaff, he developed one of the first million-volt X-ray generators. He was the paternal uncle of Donald Trump, the 45th president of the United States."

Interesting to note, at one time John and his brother Fred both joined their mother in her real estate business. Few know that it was President Donald Trumps paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Christ Trump, who actually propelled both her son Fred Trump and thusly her grandson Donald J. Trump on the road to great success via her real estate development and management business.

John G. Trump however did not enjoy the real estate business nor construction trade. Instead he pursued a more scientific career.

This from his bio on Peoplepill.com :"Trump received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the New York University Tandon School of Engineering (then Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn) in 1929, his master's degree in physics from Columbia University, and his doctorate of electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1933. He was a professor at MIT from 1936 until 1973."

During his distinguished career as a professor, researcher, entrepreneur and scientific pioneer John Trump received a number of awards including:

1947: The King's Medal for Service in the Cause of Freedom (KMS), given by George VI

1948: The President's Certificate of Merit, presented by President Harry S. Truman

1960: The Lamme Medal, given by the American Institute of Electrical Engineers

1983: The National Medal of Science, presented by President Ronald Reagan

John G Trump lived a most full life. He met many famous people. It is said that he knew Nikola Tesla.

According to History.com: "Three weeks after the Serbian-American inventor's death (referring to Nikola Tesla), an electrical engineer from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was tasked with evaluating his papers to determine whether they contained "any ideas of significant value." According to the declassified files, Dr. John G. Trump reported that his analysis showed Tesla's efforts to be "primarily of a speculative, philosophical and promotional character" and said the papers did "not include new sound, workable principles or methods for realizing such results."



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    Franz · 1 years ago
    Wonderful biography and pics. Thanks!
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    Jasmine · 1 years ago
    Great, thanks!
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    Kathryn Farrell · 1 years ago
    Very interesting reading. Thank you!
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    capture · 1 years ago
    I love this story. You found some incredible graphics. Tiffany is my favorite Trump sibling: Mainly because she stays hidden most of the time. I absolutely LOVED her speech at the RNC convention. I believe her education in Law gave her more confidence to speak in public.
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    Franz · 1 years ago
    Tiffany really blew me away. 26 years old, that woman's got a future!
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    This was a wonderful read. The pictures were a pleasant walk diwn memory lane & Tiffany's speech❣
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    DonaldG · 1 years ago
    Excellent article!

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