Donald Trump’s children have long been a large part of his world; managing his businesses, alongside him advising his campaign, even traveling with him to rallies. But today, in an interview with ‘World News Tonight’ Anchor David Muir, Trump says there’s one place where they likely won’t follow him; the White House.
Muir asked the presumptive Republican nominee if there would be a role for eldest son Donald Jr. and daughter Ivanka in the White House.
“Probably not,” Trump said. I would leave them to run the business and I think that’s what they really like doing and that’s what they’re doing now. They’re very much involved with the business along with my executives but probably not in the White House, no.”
Throughout his campaign,, Trump’s eldest children have served as his best surrogates and perhaps closest advisers. They played a large role in the firing of controversial campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, sources tell ABC News. Trump has called reports of contention between Lewandowski and his children “nonsense” but Don Jr. said in an interview that the characterization of a universal recommendation by all children was fair.
“I think it’s fair but in many respects he was coming to that on his own. We were there to help augment that and really think it through with him,” Trump's son told Bloomberg’s “With all Due Respect."
The children all got their start in business with their father. Don Jr. serves as an Executive Vice President in the Trump Organization, his brother Eric is an Executive Vice President of Development and Acquisitions for The Trump Organization ; Ivanka holds that same title and also has her own brand of jewelry and clothing lines. They all have appeared in interviews with their father, defending him against criticism, while Ivanka has filmed campaign videos for her father.