By John Proteus, Powdered Wig Guest Contributor
DONALD TRUMP AND HIS CHILDREN:
(Notice how Donald does not try to pose in the front and center of the Photograph? That shows his own self confidence! He does not need to be the center of attention!)Good kids that do not act like spoiled brats. No drugs, no Tabloid shit, just good kids. They all make Money the Old Fashioned AMERICAN WAY.. THEY EARN IT.
FYI Donald Trump is NOT a Politician and he is not a Saint. But he loves America and wants the good fortune he has had to be retained for the next generations.Read and share!! ( I am blocked by fb from sharing in groups till September 17th .. so its up to you folks to share if you want America to Know Donald Trump)“Statistically, my children have a very bad shot,” Trump told Playboy in 1990. “Children of successful people are generally very, very troubled, not successful. They don’t have the right shtick.”Presidential campaigns aren’t just a test for candidates but for families too.
Given their father’s reputation for bluster and braggadocio, the three adult Trump scions—Donald Jr., age 37; Ivanka, age 33; Eric, age 31—have a habit of surprising people.
People who know them say they can be down-to-earth and easy-going.
They work for their father as executive vice presidents of development and acquisition. (Trump also has two younger children, one each by his second and third wives.)
As for their specializations: Don Jr. manages the existing property portfolio, Ivanka oversees the family’s hotels, and Eric manages the family’s golf assets.
The Trump Organization has a reported 22,000 employees, with nine luxury hotels, 17 golf courses and 18 luxury residential properties worldwide. The company also makes millions from extensive licensing deals on real-estate developments it does not own or manage.
“To be honest,” says Richard Huckestein, a principal in T&G Constructors’ Miami office who served as a project executive on the Trump renovation of the Doral Golf Resort and Spa, as though preparing to break bad news, “I really like Eric. I didn’t know anything about the family other than what I read about them beforehand. But they were straight shooters and honest.”
“Ivanka is very smart and meticulous. She’d be successful anywhere in New York,” says Michael Ashner, whose Winthrop Realty Trust sold the Trumps Doral for $170 million in 2011. “In a room full of testosterone, she can keep her cool.”
People who have worked with Trump’s children say that they handle the details of many of the company’s deals and projects.
As negotiators, the boys are very fair, very ethical. They make a deal on a handshake and they stick to it,” says Jeff Lichtenberg, an executive vice president at Cushman and Wakefield who works as a leasing agent for the Trumps and is especially close with Don and Eric.
“I look at my brothers and myself and I’m, like, really proud of the fact that nobody’s, like, totally f–ked-up,” Ivanka told an interviewer in 2007. “Nobody’s a drug addict, nobody’s driving around chasing women, snorting coke. There’s something amazing about that. And you know, this isn’t to pat myself on the back, but I could be a lot worse.”
All three would eventually enroll in boarding school—the boys at Pennsylvania’s Hill School and Ivanka at Choate, in Connecticut—where they were largely sequestered from the family’s fortune and notoriety.
Donald Jr. would afterward attend the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania, as would Ivanka (she graduated cum laude) after spending two years at Georgetown, the school from which Eric would graduate.
Growing up, they did odd jobs for their father’s businesses—Don, for instance, as an attendant at the docks at the former Trump Marina in Atlantic City—to earn pocket money.
“We were spoiled in many ways, but we were always taught to understand the value of the dollar,” Don Jr. once said.
“I knew my children were competent. I just never knew they were this competent,” the eldest Trump said in 2007, before he had handed off so many operational responsibilities to the three.
Apart from their Trump Organization duties, all three have built up genuine side gigs.
Eric Trump runs Trump Winery, the Charlottesville vineyard that once belonged to billionaire heiress Patricia Kluge, and a foundation that has pledged millions to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Donald Jr. hosts a syndicated business TV show.
And Ivanka has had perhaps the most success spinning the family brand into her own—she has released jewelry, shoe and clothing lines and publishes a lifestyle website.
Ivanka sprung on the scene before her brothers.
She modeled as a teenager, covering Seventeen (at age 15, but who’s counting?) in 1997. All three would become more prominent thanks to the success of The Apprentice and The Celebrity Apprentice, on which they appeared regularly.
Ivanka’s marriage, for all the money involved, seems quite domestic.
She has two young children, whose photos she posts lovingly online. For her husband Jared Kushner, another scion of a New York real estate family, she converted to Judaism, and she keeps kosher and observes the Sabbath.
As for their father’s campaign, the boys seem to dig it.
They joined their dad for his campaign kickoff speech in the atrium of Manhattan’s Trump Tower on June 16. They flew with their father to Cleveland aboard Trump’s Boeing 757 to watch their father debate the nine men trailing him in the Republican field.
Ivanka, while present for the announcement and the debate, is reportedly a little less enthusiastic. A report on New York‘s website said that she had drafted a statement in which her father would walk back some of his comments about immigration but he had declined to release it.
While the usual concern for a presidential candidate’s family is how greater fame and scrutiny might shake up their lives, that’s probably not what vexes the Trump family.
One wonders instead whether an unscripted and sour remark from the patriarch could make his properties less palatable to those in the market for luxury.
COMPARE THESE KIDS.. WITH MOST OF THE KIDS OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS AND YOU WILL FIND A DRAMATIC DIFFERENCE… THEY HAVE GOOD UP BRINGING.. GOOD UPBRINGING COMES FROM GOOD PARENTING AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS HAVE NOT CHANGED THAT.
The more I read about TRUMP.. the more I hope that short of Revolution this is the man who has half a chance of saving America.
— with Maureen McKnight Winans.