- Fred and Mary Anne Trump had five children.
- President Donald Trump is the second youngest.
- His older sister, Maryanne Trump Barry, just retired as a federal judge.
- Fred Trump Jr., the president’s older brother, died in 1981 at the age of 43 from complications with alcoholism.
- Robert Trump and Elizabeth Trump Grau are both retired business executives. He was in real estate and she was in banking.
While President Donald Trump’s children play an integral role in the family business and his administration, he doesn’t much talk about his siblings.
Three are alive today except his older brother, Fred Trump Jr., who died in 1981.
In October, The New York Times published a major report finding that the president received more than $US400 million from his father over the years and avoided paying taxes on much of that money in sometimes-dubious ways.
Robert Trump, the president’s younger brother who previously worked at the Trump Organisation, featured prominently in the story.
Here’s a primer on the Trump siblings.
Donald Trump is the second-youngest of five children.
Fred and Mary Anne Trump, who married in 1936, had five children:
- Maryanne Trump Barry, born in 1937
- Fred Trump Jr., born in 1938
- Elizabeth Trump Grau, born in 1942
- Donald Trump, born in 1946
- Robert Trump, born in 1948
Maryanne Trump Barry
The oldest of Fred and Mary Anne Trump’s children is 82-year-old Maryanne Trump Barry, who retired as a federal judge in April.
Her end of tenure also concludes an investigation into whether she avoided paying taxes with her siblings as The New York Times reported.
In a 2002 interview with New York magazine, Maryanne said she “knew better even as a child than to compete with Donald,” who was said to be their father’s favourite.
Instead, the heiress went into law, getting her J.D. from Hofstra and working in the US attorney’s office in New Jersey in the 1970s.
A Republican like her brother, President Ronald Reagan nominated Barry to become a federal judge in 1983. She became widely respected, and President Bill Clinton elevated her to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in 1999.
Trump once boasted that his sister was “one notch below the Supreme Court.” She stepped away from active work in February 2017.
Barry was married to John J. Barry, an attorney who counted his brother-in-law as one of his clients. He died of cancer in 2000. She has one child from a previous marriage to David Desmond.
Fred Trump Jr.
Perhaps the sibling President Donald Trump talks about the most is his older brother, Fred Jr., who died in 1981 at 43 from complications with alcoholism.
The eldest son of Fred and Mary Trump, Fred Jr. was initially intended to succeed his father as the head of the family business. But Freddy, as he was called by his friends and family, didn’t especially like real estate, and he quit to become a pilot for Trans-World Airlines.
It was while working as a commercial pilot that he met his wife, Linda Clapp, a flight attendant, and the couple went on to have two children, named Fred and Mary after his parents.
But by his mid-20s, Freddy became a heavy drinker and it started to have an impact on his life. Eventually, he had to quit flying because of the threat his drinking posed, and he and his wife divorced.
In a 2016 New York Times interview, Trump said he reached out to his brother as his life was spiraling out of control and tried to persuade him to come back to the family business. He was unsuccessful.
Fred Jr.’s early death has had a profound influence on Trump’s life, and he has said he never drinks because of it.
Elizabeth Trump Grau
Not much is known about Trump’s closest sister in age, Elizabeth Trump Grau, 77.
Like Trump, Elizabeth attended the private Kew-Forest School in Queens. For college, she attended Southern Virginia University in Buena Vista, Virginia (it was known as Southern Seminary College at the time).
In his book “The Art of the Deal,” Trump characterised his sister Elizabeth as “bright but less ambitious.“
Trump’s younger brother, Robert, 71, followed him into the family business, rising to become a top executive at the Trump Organisation.
These days, he’s retired and living in Millbrook, New York, in the Hudson Valley.
When his brother was running for president in 2016, he told Page Six that he supported him “a thousand per cent.”
Robert was married to the socialite Blaine Trump for 25 years before the two filed for divorce in October 2007. Since then, he has mostly retreated from the public spotlight.
At the time of the divorce, New York Magazine reported that Robert had been living with a mistress, his former secretary Ann Marie Pallan, for the previous two years.
It appears that he remains on good terms with his ex-wife, who attended Trump’s inauguration in January 2017, according to Vogue.
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