Don Jr. jokes that Trump told his mother she had to give birth to him before midnight on New Year's Eve to get a tax break

Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesDonald Trump Jr. (right) with his younger brother, Eric Trump.
  • Donald Trump Jr. joked that his father pressured his mother, Ivana, to give birth to him before midnight on New Year’s Eve so that the real estate mogul could list his first-born son as a dependent on his taxes for that year.
  • “He told my mum she had to have me before midnight and, if she didn’t, he’d make her take a cab home,” Trump Jr. told Forbes in 2006.
  • Ivana wrote in her memoir that she induced labour and gave birth to Trump Jr. just hours before the New Year.

Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son and most enthusiastic defender, joked that his father pressured his mother, Ivana, to give birth to him before midnight on New Year’s Eve so that the real estate mogul could list his first-born son as a dependent on his taxes for that year.

“I like to joke that my dad wanted to be able to claim me as a dependent on his taxes for 1977,” he told Forbes in 2006, “so he told my mum she had to have me before midnight and, if she didn’t, he’d make her take a cab home.”

Ivana, President Donald Trump’s first wife and mother of his three eldest children, writes in her 2017 memoir “Raising Trump” that she decided to induce labour during her pregnancy with Trump Jr.

“I reached the end of my rope. I called my doctor, Robert Porges of NYU Medical Center, and said, ‘I can’t take it anymore!'” Ivana wrote.

The real estate mogul’s first wife gave birth to the couple’s first child just after 5 p.m. on December 31, 1977.

Three hours after Ivana and her husband arrived at the hospital, Trump reportedly left his wife in the hospital to attend a New Year’s party, according to GQ. Meanwhile, Ivana rang in the New Year with a friend recovering from back surgery on another floor of the hospital.

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