From openly dissing his daughter Tiffany on election day to giving a cringeful toast on Ivanka and Jared Kushner’s nuptials here are Donald Trump’s most awkward dad moments

Donald Trump has had plenty of awkward moments with his children, as his daughter Ivanka can probably attest. Photo: AP Photo


Donald Trump might be infamous for being a big talker, but when it comes to his own family he’s apparently had some trouble expressing himself. Here are five times he might have handled things a little better …

Donald Trump, his daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner in July 2016. Photo: AFP Photo/Getty Images

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s wedding
Donald recently crashed a wedding taking place at his Mar-a-Lago private club and gave a speech criticising Joe Biden’s administration. Awkward, but it might’ve been better than what he said at Ivanka’s wedding in 2009. According to the book Kushner, Inc. Donald’s address to guests went like this: “Ivanka’s great, and Jared’s great, and they’re great together, so let me give a toast.”

One guest at the event told the book’s author, Vicky Ward, that Donald “didn’t seem as emotionally involved” while another said that they thought, “Is that all you’ve got?”

Eric Trump welcoming his second child with his wife Lara in 2019. Photo: @EricTrump/Twitter

The birth of Eric and Lara Trump’s daughter
Donald also came off a little cold when he tweeted a response to his son Eric welcoming his second child with his wife Lara in 2019. He posted: “CONGRATULATIONS @EricTrump and @LaraLeaTrump, on the birth of Carolina Dorothy Trump. So proud!”

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Other members of the family had more emotional reactions. The baby’s aunt Ivanka tweeted, “We love you Lara, Eric, (big brother) Luke and sweet Carolina!” Even former Trump aide Lynne Patton had a warmer message: “Auntie Lynne cannot wait to hold your precious little face … Love you all so much.”

Tiffany and Donald Trump. Photo: @tiffanytrump/Instagram

His lack of pride in Tiffany Trump
But perhaps Eric should be happy that Donald at least said that he’s “proud”? On election day in 2016, Donald admitted during an interview with Fox & Friends that, compared to his other adult children, he wasn’t as proud of Tiffany – his daughter with his second wife Marla Maples.

“I’m very proud ‘cause 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’s also been so terrific,” he confessed.


His weird Barron reference
During a media call about his drive against vaping in 2019, the public pointed out that Donald referred to Barron as if his youngest child was only Melania’s. A slip of the tongue perhaps, but it was even more awkward when the then-president attempted to salvage the moment by clarifying that Barron is both of theirs. He told the press: “She’s got a son – together – that’s a beautiful young man, and she feels very very strongly about it.”

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A business relationship? Donald Trump and Donald Trump Jr. Photo: @donaldjtrumpjr/Instagram

Don Jr.’s entire childhood
According to New York Magazine, Donald’s firstborn son has been open about the fact they didn’t get along during his adolescence, after his dad cheated on his mum Ivana with Marla Maples. But now Donald Jr. seems to be Donald Sr.’s right-hand man in business. In fact, Donald Jr. has admitted that they actually had more of a business relationship throughout his childhood.

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“My father’s not the type of person that teaches you by saying, ‘Come here, son. I’m going to tell you about real estate.’ You learn by watching it. If you don’t pick it up, it’s your problem,” he told The New York Times in 2010. He also revealed to New York Magazine: “My father is a very hardworking guy, and that’s his focus in life, so I got a lot of the paternal attention that a boy wants and needs from my grandfather.”

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