On January 23, 2017, US President Donald Trump signed his first executive orders, but in a video of the event his children and grandchild stole the show in the background. Barron, who was 10 years old at the time, played peek-a-boo with baby Theodore and even attempted a high five with the infant. Meanwhile, Ivanka bounced her baby and smiled as she watched the interaction.
Also standing behind the President was Ivanka’s husband Jared Kusher, First Lady Melania Trump, the President’s son Eric Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.
Ivanka posted the video on Twitter and wrote: “My youngest brother proves he’s a baby whisperer ‒ while my father signs his first executive orders.”
Ivanka and Barron share a father, but have different mothers ‒ Ivanka’s mother is Mr Trump’s first wife Ivana who he was married to from 1977 to 1992, and Barron’s mother is his third and current wife Melania, who he married in 2005.
Ivanka has three children with her husband Jared ‒ Arabella Rose, eight, Joseph Frederick, six, and Theodore James, four.
Both Ivanka, 38, and Jared, 39, are senior advisers to the President, for womens’ issues and strategic planning respectively.
Meanwhile Barron, now 14, lives in the White House with his parents and is concentrating on his education at St Andrews’ Episcopal School.
Barron is the first Presidents’ child to attend St Andrews’, which is in Potomac, Maryland, about a half hour drive from the White House.
The Trumps broke a 35-year trend whereby all Presidents’ children under 18 attended Sidwell Friends School.
Malia and Sasha Obama attended Sidwell Friends, as did the children of the Clintons, Nixons and Roosevelts.
In a statement in May 2017, Melania said: “We are very excited for our son to attend St Andrew’s Episcopal School.
“It is known for its diverse community and commitment to academic excellence.
“The mission of St Andrews’ is ‘to know and inspire each child in an inclusive community dedicated to exceptional teaching, learning, and service,’ all of which appealed to our family.
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“We look forward to the coming school years at St Andrew’s.”
Meanwhile, it is believed Ivanka’s children attend a Jewish school in Washington DC.
The First Daughter converted to Judaism in 2009 in order to marry Jared, who comes from an Orthodox Jewish family, and the children have been raised in the faith.
Ivanka, who was raised Presbytarian, did not strike a good first impression with Jared’s religious parents Seryl and Charlie Kushner, who were “horrified” their son was considering marrying outside the faith, according to the 2019 book ‘Kushner Inc’.
Author Vicky Ward claimed that this was partly to blame for their brief break-up in 2008.
She wrote: “The idea was particularly offensive to Seryl, who had raised the children.
“They were her world and her world was the closed conservative Jewish culture she had grown up in.
“Charlie and Seryl refused to even meet Ivanka.”
However, the couple reunited on a yachting holiday organised by Wendi Deng Murdoch.
When Ivanka promised to convert, Charlie made the process “as challenging as possible”, but then she passed with flying colours and soon her in-laws were “effusive” about her.
Not much is known about the relationship between Barron and his older siblings, so Ivanka’s video is a sweet insight into it.
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