Published On: Wed, Aug 21st, 2019

Melania Trump: How First Lady gave revealing insight into Ivanka Trump relationship | World | News

The interview with People magazine was the first one the couple did together after Mr Trump announced he was running for President in 2015. The future First Lady said: “I’m their friend. I’m not their mum. “I met them when they were teenagers. I went to their high school and college graduations, so we know each other for a long time.”

Melania, 49, is is eight years older than Donald Jnr, 12 years older than Ivanka, 14 years older than Eric and 24 years older than Tiffany.

She and the President have one child together, 13-year-old Barron, who recently hit headlines after pictures emerged of the tall teenager already towering over his parents.

Melania told People back in 2015 that she is a hands-on mother, who helps Barron with his homework, takes him to after-school activities and encourages him to dream.

She even identified a key way in which Barron takes after his father.

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The future FLOTUS said: “He wants to be a golfer, a businessman, a pilot.

 “It’s that age when you introduce him to stuff.” 

Barron’s love of golf resembles his father’s, who famously owns a number of golf courses, including one in Scotland.

Mr Trump had been criticised for reportedly playing golf a lot during his Presidency – 92 times in his first year, according to CNN.

She said: “My opinion is that the more languages you speak the better, but when you come to America, you speak English.” 

Similarly, she expressed support for her Mr Trump’s hardline stance on immigration. 

She said: “I went through a whole long process [to become a citizen].

“It didn’t even cross my mind to just stay here. I think people should follow the law.”

Melania, a successful model, first came to the US in 1996 and met the real estate mogul two years later. 

In 2000, she petitioned for a right to permanent residency under the EB-1 program, which is designed for people with “extraordinary abilities”.

Donald and Melania married in 2005 and Barron was born one year later.

While Melania has an important role as the First Lady, her step-daughter Ivanka has been dubbed the First Daughter, because of her high-profile role in her father’s administration.

She and her husband Jared Kushner are both senior advisers to the President and have considerable power and a variety of responsibilities.

Little is known about Ivanka and Melania’s relationship.

As Ivanka’s “friend”, it seems the First Lady has not tried to be a mother figure to her, given that Ivanka was already 16 years old by the time she met her father.

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