If you haven’t noticed, Donald Trump has had three different wives over the years. And this has led to a tangled family tree straight out of Shakespeare (though we’re still trying to figure out if this is more of a comedy or a tragedy).
For example, there are two Trump daughters who have lived very different lives. There is Ivanka Trump, born in 1981 to Ivana Trump, Donald’s first wife. Then, there is Tiffany Trump, born in 1993 from Donald’s relationship with actress Marla Maples.
Now 38, Ivanka Trump has become a worldwide brand unto herself. Meanwhile, 26-year-old Tiffany Trump has avoided the limelight and stayed largely under the public radar.
For all their differences, though, these two sisters have enjoyed a very unique relationship over the years. Here is the unknown truth of the relationship between Ivanka and Tiffany Trump.
From coast to coast
Before he was associated with the White House, Donald Trump was primarily associated with New York City. This is where he made a name for himself, and it’s where Ivanka Trump grew up.
Meanwhile, Tiffany Trump grew up on the West Coast. Specifically, she grew up in Calabasas, California. Being thousands of miles away from the rest of the family is one of many reasons that Tiffany Trump is relatively unknown to the public.
Despite living on opposite sides of the country, though, Ivanka and Tiffany maintained a close relationship over the years.
Big sister comes through
Part of the tragedy of Tiffany’s life was the literal distance from her father. This meant she didn’t enjoy the fame, access, and other opportunities that typically came from being Donald Trump’s child. But she quickly learned that she could go through Ivanka to get what she needed.
One example of this is when Tiffany wanted to get a credit card from Donald. She asked Ivanka for advice, and Ivanka was very sympathetic. According to Ivanka’s 2010 book The Trump Card: Playing to Win in Work and Life, she realized Tiffany just wanted “to enjoy some of the privileges her friends got to enjoy, in the same way she would have enjoyed them if she’d lived under our father’s roof.”
Ivanka made it happen, though she was a bit sneaky about it. Instead of asking on Tiffany’s behalf, she presented the idea of a credit card and a monthly allowance as a Christmas gift. Donald Trump liked this idea and made it happen, and Ivanka saw that Tiffany was “thrilled and relieved. And so appreciative.”
Ivanka lands Tiffany a gig
Daddy’s credit card can only go so far, though. Tiffany was going to need to find work eventually. And once more, Ivanka helped make it happen.
According to a 2016 New York Times article, Ivanka arranged for Tiffany to have lunch with Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of Vogue. Pretty soon, Tiffany landed a coveted internship at Vogue. This opened additional doors for Tiffany and expanded her network, and it all happened because of Ivanka.
(Less) distance makes the heart grow fonder
Everyone has heard the maxim that distance makes the heart grow fonder. For the Trump sisters, the opposite is the case!
For a brief time before she entered Washington, D.C.’s Georgetown Law School in 2017, Tiffany Trump lived in New York City. And nobody was more excited about her move than Ivanka.
Ivanka Trump in 2016 told People Magazine, “It’s wonderful because she’s right here in New York.” She went on to say, “She’ll come with [me and Jared to our country house] on weekends sometimes, and she’s always with my kids. She’s a really good person.”
Their close proximity didn’t last long, but these two Trump sisters made the most of it.
Hitting the campaign trail
Perhaps the closest Tiffany ever came to the spotlight was during their father’s presidential campaign. Both she and Ivanka hit the campaign trail to appeal to women (and mollify concerns about Trump’s previous alleged sex scandals).
They no doubt helped him win the election, though Donald’s gratitude towards Tiffany is iffy at best. On the day of the election (November 8, 2016), he called into Fox & Friends and actually said he wasn’t as proud of Tiffany as his other kids. “But I’m very proud, because Don and Eric and Ivanka and — you know, to a lesser extent ’cause she just got out of school, out of college — but, uh, Tiffany, who has also been so terrific.”
Tiffany’s not in the room where it happens
Currently, the biggest difference between Ivanka and Tiffany is their role in politics. Ivanka went on to becoming a major player in Trump’s administration as his Senior Advisor. This may have felt natural since she previously helped run the Trump Organization. Tiffany, however, kept out of politics and attended law school.
We’ll probably never know if Tiffany actually wanted to be in politics or if she simply wanted to focus on her education. However, Donald Trump seems proud of her academic focus. The president even tweeted his congratulations when Tiffany graduated from law school in May 2020. “Congratulations to my daughter, Tiffany, on graduation from Georgetown Law. Great student, great school. Just what I need is a lawyer in the family. Proud of you Tiff!”
Double trouble on Inauguration Day
As you can tell, the Trump sisters are sometimes close to one another. At other times, they are worlds apart. But they certainly presented themselves as a team on Inauguration Day.
Each of them wore all white, which may have been a nod to the suffragette movement or just a way to stand out in a sea of dark suits and dresses. Seeing these two as virtual twins is a powerful reminder of what these sisters can accomplish when they work as part of a team.