Eighth grandchild for Trump

Ivanka Trump gave birth to a boy, her third child.
Ivanka Trump gave birth to a boy, her third child.PHOTO: TWITTER.COM

NEW YORK • Donald Trump now has a "Ted" in his life, one he actually likes.

Trump, the Republican presidential front-runner, became a grand- father for the eighth time on Sunday when his daughter, Ivanka, gave birth to her third child.

She and her husband, Mr Jared Kushner, named the boy Theodore. Ms Trump sent out the news of the baby's arrival on Twitter late on Sunday.

In an appearance on Fox And Friends on Monday, her father joked with the hosts that he would not get into the "details" of the birth, but pointed out that Theodore James Kushner had arrived "on Easter, so we have an Easter baby, which is beautiful," he said.

Ms Trump, 34, even while many months pregnant, was a frequent presence by her father's side this year in places such as Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina during voting contests in those states.

Mr Trump mentioned at countless rallies about how his daughter was about to give birth at any moment and how great it would be if it happened in whatever state he was in at that moment.

Last week, in a speech at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference, he said his daughter, who converted to Judaism, was about to have a "beautiful Jewish baby".

Mr Trump, who has been in a fierce battle - which has got personal - with Senator Ted Cruz for the Republican presidential nomination, has seven other grandchildren. Ms Trump and Kushner have another son and a daughter, and Donald J. Trump Jr and his wife, Vanessa, have five children.

Ms Trump was not the only political daughter who is pregnant during the campaign season.

Ms Chelsea Clinton, 36, daughter of Bill and Hillary Clinton, is pregnant with her second child. Mrs Hillary Clinton often talks about being a grandmother on the campaign trail.

Within hours, the Trump Organization scooped up three website name combinations with the newest Kushner baby's name, according to records from the cyberforensics company DomainTools.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 30, 2016, with the headline 'Eighth grandchild for Trump'. Print Edition | Subscribe