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What Kind Of Dad Is Donald Trump? What His Wives And Kids Have To Say About It

Date June 29, 2018 14:18

What kind of parent is Donald Trump?

You may agree or disagree with President Trump’s politics, but there’s at least one thing he does right: He’s a good father. He has five children from three marriages, with the oldest one, Donald Jr., being 40, and the youngest one, Barron, being only 12.

Donald Trump’s relationship with his ex-wives is far from perfect, but they acknowledge that he is a good parent, although he wasn’t always present when the kids were growing up.

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Yes, there have been times when Trump was really busy, and he couldn’t spend much time with his kids. But they have always been able to turn to their father for advice and support. Plus, Donald Trump definitely isn’t a deadbeat dad – his older kids, Donald Jr., Ivanka, Eric, and Tiffany, received significant financial help from him when growing up in the care of their mothers.

What have the kids themselves and their mothers had to say about Donald Trump as a dad? Read on to find out!

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What Melania, Marla, and Ivana have had to say

Melania is very fond of Donald as a father. Barron is too young to give interviews on his own, but here’s how his mother described his relationship with his dad in an interview with Parenting:

[My husband] is very busy. He spends quality time with Barron. They have a beautiful relationship full of respect and love. New York is our home base, but we spend a lot of time in Mar-a-Lago. There they play golf, spend time together, eat dinner together, and we enjoy family time. It is always a really special time.

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Marla Maples, Trump’s second wife and the mother of his younger daughter, Tiffany, admits he is a good dad. However, Tiffany wasn’t getting enough quality time with him. Maples said in an interview with People:

Her daddy is a good provider with education and such, but as far as time, it was just me. Her father wasn’t able to be there with day-to-day skills as a parent. He loves his kids. There's no doubt. But everything was a bit of a negotiation.

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Ivana Trump’s relationship with her ex-husband hasn’t always been smooth. But, Donald Trump has always supported her in raising their three children, Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric. And they made parenting decisions together, even after the divorce. Ivana said:

If I would say ‘no’ to the kids, they would go to their father and say, ‘Daddy, Daddy can we get that and that . . . ?’ And he would ask, ‘What did mother say?’ They would tell him, ‘Mommy said no,’ so that meant ‘no.’

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Growing up Trump: the children’s words about their father

There’s no doubt that all of Trump’s children love him dearly. And they all have learned a lot from him.

Donald Trump Jr. knew that he, Ivanka, and Eric were destined to join their father’s business. In an interview with Vanity Fair, he said:

It wasn’t a typical ‘let’s go play catch in the backyard’ sort of father-son relationship. We always went to job sites with him. We’d be in his office playing with trucks as a 6-year-old while he’s negotiating deals with presidents of major companies.

Eric Trump appreciates having had a normal childhood, thanks to his father’s protectiveness. He told People:

He’s been protecting us from the public eye for a long time. We never made the tabloids when we were younger. He was the man that, his whole life, he’s always had thousands of cameras on him and yet we were raised as normal kids, or at least as normal as you could be raised under the circumstances.

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Ivanka said her father “encouraged me and enabled me to thrive.” She is grateful to her dad for his support:

I grew up in a house where there was no barrier to what I could accomplish beyond my own perseverance and my own tenacity.

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Tiffany is often seen as Donald Trump’s “forgotten child,” but she doesn’t see herself as such.

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She said her father “always helped me be the best version of myself.”

Source: International Business Times, National Review, Newsweek

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