Donald Trump Jr.

Last updated on 2 June 2017

Donald John Trump Jr. (born December 31, 1977) is an American businessman and former reality TV personality. He is the oldest child of the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his first wife, Ivana. He currently works alongside his brother Eric as a trustee of The Trump Organization. He and his brother Eric oversee a trust that includes the Trump Organization assets while his father is President.

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Donald Trump, Jr. (30309613870).jpg

Early life and education

Trump was born on December 31, 1977 in Manhattan, New York City, to Ivana Marie (née Zelníčková) and Donald John Trump. He has two younger siblings, Ivanka and Eric. He also has two half siblings, Tiffany, from his father's marriage to Marla Maples, and Barron, from his father's current marriage to Melania Trump. Trump was particularly close to his maternal grandfather and is fluent in Czech.[2]

As a child, he encountered reporters asking about his parents' widely publicized divorce. To protect her children, Ivana Trump sent them to boarding school.[3] Trump was educated at The Hill School, a university-preparatory boarding school in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, followed by the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, where he earned a B.S. degree in Economics.[4]



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Trump speaking at a rally in Iowa, November 2016

After college graduation, Trump moved to Aspen, Colorado. While briefly incommunicado from his father, for a year he hunted, fished, skied, lived in a truck, and worked as a bartender before returning to New York and joining the Trump Organization. Trump has supervised building projects, including 40 Wall Street, Trump International Hotel and Tower, and Trump Park Avenue.[3] He appeared as a guest adviser and judge on many episodes of his father's reality television show The Apprentice, from season 5 in 2006 to his father's last season.

On January 11 2017, his father announced that he and his brother Eric would oversee a trust that included the Trump Organization assets while his father was President, in order to avert a conflict of interest.[5]


During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump campaigned for his father.[6] He was characterized by the New York Times as "a close political adviser to his father."[7] In December 2016, the Wall Street Journal and Politico reported that Trump Jr. influenced his father's choice of Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke.[8][9]

In 2017, he has campaigned for congressional candidates Greg Gianforte and Karen Handel.[10] In May 2017, Trump Jr. met with Republican National Committee officials to discuss the party’s strategy and resources.[11]


During the campaign, Trump drew controversy for posting an image comparing refugees to Skittles, saying "If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you just three would kill you. Would you take a handful? That's our Syrian refugee problem.".[12][13][14][7] The makers of Skittles condemned the tweet, saying "Skittles are candy. Refugees are people. We don't feel it's an appropriate analogy."[13][14][7]

Another controversy arose when Trump retweeted remarks by psychologist Kevin B. MacDonald about alleged favors exchanged by Hillary Clinton and Switzerland's largest bank (McDonald has been accused of anti-semitism for some of his writings).[7] On the campaign trail, Trump promoted Alex Jones' conspiracy theory that Hillary Clinton wore an earpiece to a presidential forum[15][16][17] and that official unemployment rates were manipulated for political purposes.[18]

In March 2017, Trump criticized the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, after the 2017 Westminster attack, which in turn led British lawmakers to criticize Trump Jr.[19][20][21][22] British journalists said that Trump Jr. had quoted Khan out of context when he criticized him.[21][22] Khan did not respond to the criticism, saying he had "far more important things" to do.[20] In April 2017, he lauded Mike Cernovich who promoted the Pizzagate conspiracy theory, saying, "In a long gone time of unbiased journalism he'd win the Pulitzer".[23][24]

Personal life

Trump married model Vanessa Kay Haydon (born December 18, 1977) on November 12, 2005, at the Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida; the service was officiated by Trump's aunt, Judge Maryanne Trump Barry.[25] Haydon is the daughter of Bonnie and Charles Haydon,[26] and is of half Jewish and half Danish descent.[27][28] She is an alumna of the Dwight School[29] and studied psychology at New York's Marymount Manhattan College.[26] They have five children, including two daughters and three sons, born in 2007 and later.[30]

In his childhood, Trump learned to hunt and fish by spending time with his maternal grandfather in what was then Czechoslovakia.[31] Controversy erupted in 2012 when pictures surfaced of an African hunting trip Trump had taken in 2010. In one photo Trump has his arms around an endangered, dead leopard, and in another he is holding a knife in one hand and a bloody elephant tail in the other. Although the hunt was legal, many people were outraged, and at least one sponsor dropped his father's Celebrity Apprentice TV show.[32]


  1. ^ Struyk, Ryan (11 April 2016). "Trump Kids Eric and Ivanka Miss Deadline to Vote in NY GOP Primary". ABC News. Retrieved 11 December 2016. Donald Trump Jr., 38, as well as Donald and Melania Trump, are registered Republicans, the records show.
  2. ^ "Donald Trump Jr. on Twitter: "I speak Czech fluently '@sofia5013: Jr great work with @operationsmile!! U travel quite a bit-wondering if u r fluent in other languages?'"". Twitter. June 27, 2012. Retrieved June 1, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Cohan, William D. (February 2017). "Can Donald Jr. and Eric Trump Really Run the Family Business?". Vanity Fair.
  4. ^ "Industry Insiders: Donald Trump, Jr., Trumped Again". BlackBook. January 28, 2010. Retrieved August 24, 2015.
  5. ^ Craig, Susanne and Eric Lipton (January 11, 2017). "Trump’s Plans on Businesses May Fall Short". The New York Times. Retrieved January 14, 2017.
  6. ^ CNN, Betsy Klein. "Donald Trump Jr. says he misses campaign trail". CNN. Retrieved 2017-05-16.
  7. ^ a b c d Horowitz, Jason (2016-09-20). "Donald Trump Jr.’s Skittles Tweet Fits a Pattern". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-05-26.
  8. ^ Harder, Amy (2016-12-15). "Donald Trump Jr. Played a Key Role in Interior Pick". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2017-05-26.
  9. ^ "Donald Trump Jr. played role in picking interior secretary". POLITICO. Retrieved 2017-05-26.
  10. ^ "donald-trump-jr-to-campaign-for-gianforte".
  11. ^ "Trump family members met with GOP leaders to discuss strategy". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-05-28.
  12. ^ "Donald Trump Jr compares Syrian refugees to Skittles". BBC News. 2016-09-20. Retrieved 2017-05-16.
  13. ^ a b CNN, Daniella Diaz. "Trump campaign defends son's Skittles tweet". CNN. Retrieved 2017-05-26.
  14. ^ a b "Taste The Outrage: Donald Trump Jr.'s Tweet Compares Refugees To Skittles". Retrieved 2017-05-26.
  15. ^ "Campaign 2016 updates: Donald Trump plans another visit to Capitol Hill". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-05-16.
  16. ^ "Donald Trump Jr. leaps on Alex Jones' conspiracy theory bandwagon". 2016-09-08. Retrieved 2017-05-16.
  17. ^ Savransky, Rebecca (2016-09-08). "Donald Trump Jr. promotes conspiracy theory on Clinton earpiece". TheHill. Retrieved 2017-05-16.
  18. ^ "Donald Trump Jr.'s unemployment claim up in flames". @politifact. Retrieved 2017-05-16.
  19. ^ "Britons are denouncing Donald Trump Jr.’s attack on London’s mayor". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-05-26.
  20. ^ a b CNN, Theodore Schleifer and Alanne Orjoux. "London mayor shuts down Trump Jr. tweet: I have more important things to do". CNN. Retrieved 2017-05-26.
  21. ^ a b "Donald Trump Jnr criticised after ridiculing Mayor of London Sadiq Khan hours after Westminster attack". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2017-05-26.
  22. ^ a b Levin, Sam (2017-03-23). "Donald Trump Jr called 'a disgrace' for tweet goading London mayor Sadiq Khan". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-05-26.
  23. ^ "Some of Trump's top supporters are praising a conspiracy theorist who fueled 'pizzagate' for his reporting". Business Insider. Retrieved 2017-05-16.
  24. ^ Seipel, Brooke (2017-04-04). "Trump Jr. praises writer who pushed 'Pizzagate' conspiracy theory". TheHill. Retrieved 2017-05-16.
  25. ^ Silverman, Stephen M. (November 14, 2005). "Donald Trump Jr. Marries Model Girlfriend". People. Retrieved July 14, 2008.
  26. ^ a b "Weddings: Vanessa Haydon, Donald Trump Jr". New York Times. November 13, 2005. Retrieved March 1, 2013.
  27. ^ Konigsberg, Eric. "The OB-GYN Who Loves Women". New York Magazine.
  28. ^ "Jews in the News: Andy Samberg, Liza Weil and Ivanka Trump". Tampa Jewish Federation. March 1, 2016.
  29. ^ Williams, Alex (November 21, 2006). "Trump Jr.: Finally trading on a famous name". The New York Times. Retrieved July 14, 2008.
  30. ^ Michaud, Sarah (June 18, 2014). "Donald and Vanessa Trump Welcome Daughter Chloe Sophia". People. Retrieved September 28, 2014.
  31. ^ Holson, Laura M. (2017-03-18). "Donald Trump Jr. Is His Own Kind of Trump". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-03-18.
  32. ^ "Sponsor Drops 'Celebrity Apprentice' Over Donald Trump Jr.'s Hunting Controversy". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-03-18.

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