US Elections 2016, the day after: Transiting to the White House

America's next First Family

Asked for one thing she respected about her Republican rival Donald Trump last month, Mrs Hillary Clinton pointed to his children.

"They are incredibly able and devoted and I think that says a lot about Donald," she said.

Her reply encapsulates the popular consensus on the President-elect's five children from his three wives. Four of them have shared the spotlight with their billionaire father in his presidential campaign. All have impressed: poised and articulate, not brash and blustery.

Mr Trump's siblings - Maryanne, Elizabeth and Robert - have largely stayed behind the scenes but are also known to be very different from their sibling. "Maybe they mixed us at birth," he once quipped.

Here is a look at the members of the soon-to-be First Family.

 

DONALD TRUMP JR

He is the oldest of three children Mr Trump had with his first wife, Czech model Ivana Zelnickova.

Mr Trump Jr is also married to a model, Ms Vanessa Haydon, and has five children.

The 39-year-old is executive vice-president of his father's real estate company, The Trump Organisation, but has tried to keep a low profile - until his father's campaign.

Speaking at the Republican National Convention in July, the privately educated Mr Trump Jr took aim at the state of public education.

"Our schools used to be an elevator to the middle class. Now they're stalled on the ground floor," he said.

He has also compared refugees to a bowl of poisoned Skittles.

IVANKA TRUMP

Mr Donald Trump's elder daughter is the most famous and popular among his children.

Ms Ivanka Trump, 34, works in her father's real estate firm as executive vice-president of development and acquisitions. She was a model who made Maxim magazine's Hot 100 women in 2007 and has her own fashion and jewellery line.

ERIC TRUMP

The youngest of Mr Trump's children with his first wife is Mr Eric Trump, 32, recently married with no children. A vice-president in his father's firm, he has focused on its golf courses, increasing them from three to 17 in three years.

He has pointed to his father's business acumen as the reason Americans should choose him to lead their country. "It's time for a president who understands the art of a deal and appreciates the value of a dollar - our tax dollars," he said.

He founded the Eric Trump Foundation in 2006, which raises funds for children battling life-threatening diseases.

TIFFANY TRUMP

The only child of Mr Donald Trump and Ms Marla Maples was reportedly named after jewellery house Tiffany and Company.

Ms Tiffany Trump, 22, like her half-brother Donald Trump Jr, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. Her passion is music and she released a single in 2014. She has about 100,000 followers on Instagram.

BARRON TRUMP

Aged just 10, Barron is the only child of Mr Donald Trump, 70, and his third and current wife, Melania.

He made headlines for trying valiantly to stay awake during his father's victory speech in the early hours of Wednesday.

Mrs Melania Trump spoke of her and her husband's relationship with Barron with US Weekly: "We always spend quality time together over the weekends. He and Barron golf together when it's possible."

She told Parenting magazine: "His personality is why I call him Little Donald."

MARYANNE TRUMP BARRY

Mr Trump's older sister Maryanne was nominated by former president Ronald Reagan as a federal district judge and by former president Bill Clinton to serve as a court of appeals judge, a position she still holds at the age of 78.

She is known for defending abortion rights. Despite their different political views, the two siblings have stayed close: Mr Trump has regularly attended events honouring his sister.

ELIZABETH TRUMP GRAU

Mrs Grau, 74, is even more private than her sister Maryanne. She is a retired executive of the Chase Manhattan Bank in New York.

ROBERT TRUMP

The 68-year-old is the youngest of Mr Donald Trump's siblings. He is president at Trump Management, the business started by their father.

Described as "classy and dignified", he was a fixture in the New York social scene in the 1980s and 1990s but has disappeared from the public eye since leaving his wife a decade ago for his secretary Ann Marie Pallan.

Lee Seok Hwai

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 11, 2016, with the headline 'America's next First Family'. Print Edition | Subscribe