From a federal judge to an alcoholic who died at age 43: Meet Donald Trump's siblings

Trump CampaignFred and Mary Anne Trump’s children as adults, from left: Robert Trump, Elizabeth Trump Grau, Fred Trump Jr., Donald Trump, and Maryanne Trump Barry.

On Tuesday, The New York Times published a major report finding that President Donald Trump 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.

While the president’s children play an integral role in the family business and his administration, he doesn’t much talk about his siblings.

All are alive today except his older brother, Fred Trump Jr., who died in 1981. Scroll down to read their stories.

Trump siblings youngInstagram/Donald TrumpDonald Trump as a boy on the far left with, from left, Fred Trump Jr., Elizabeth Trump Grau, Maryanne Trump Barry, and Robert Trump.

Maryanne Trump Barry

The oldest of Fred and Mary Anne Trump’s children is 81-year-old Maryanne Trump Barry, a federal judge.

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 child.

Instead, the heiress went into law, getting her J.D. from Hofstra and going on to work in the US attorney’s office in New Jersey in the 1970s.

A Republican like her brother, Barry was nominated to become a federal judge by President Ronald Reagan in 1983. She became widely respected and was elevated to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in 1999 by President Bill Clinton. 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.

Source: WNYC, New York magazine, Business Insider


Fred Trump Jr.

Trump Campaign

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.

By his mid-20s, however, 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 maintains he’s never had a single drink in his life because of it.

Source: New York Times


Elizabeth Trump Grau

Not much is known about Trump’s closest sister in age, Elizabeth Trump Grau, 76.

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).

She stayed out of the family business, instead going into work as an administrative assistant for Chase Manhattan Bank.

In 1989, she married the television and movie producer James Grau. The couple have since retired to Florida.

In his book “The Art of the Deal,” Trump refers to his sister Elizabeth as “bright but less ambitious.”

Sources: New York Times, MSN, “Game of Thorns


Robert Trump

Desiree Navarro/GettyRobert Trump at a performance by the American Ballet Theatre in New York City in 2005.

Trump’s younger brother, Robert, 70, 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.

Sources: Page Six, Town & Country, New York magazine, Vogue

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