In a pale pink shift dress with matching heels and ladylike bag, Tiffany Trump stood by quietly as her father Donald Trump spoke to reporters outside a Palm Beach church on Easter Sunday.
“Mexico has got to help us at the border,” he said. “If they’re not going to help us at the border, it’s a very sad thing.”
While the US President is looking to build a wall in his country, he’s also showing signs of wanting to tear down some in his family. Exhibit A: Tiffany.
His youngest daughter, Tiffany, 24 – the only child of the former reality show host’s second marriage to actress Marla Maples – has previously been referred to as the family’s ‘forgotten’ daughter, overshadowed by favourite Ivanka.
Despite being a student of Georgetown Law and living just blocks away from the White House, Tiffany’s contact with her famous father has been sparing at best.
“Since the inauguration, Tiffany and her father have sometimes gone for months without speaking and she went a very long time without seeing him,” a source close to Tiffany told People magazine.
“The last time she was at a family function with him, it was awkward for her and she didn’t feel totally welcome.”
Tiffany’s first and last White House appearance until now was almost a year ago, when she slipped into an event supporting the Wounded Warriors Project.
Things changed fast last week, with Tiffany sharing a new official portrait at the White House on her Instagram page.
She also made a rare triple-header appearance with her 71-year-old father on what was called by US media ‘something of a father-daughter reunion tour’.
First up, Tiffany was by Trump’s side when he gave a speech on infrastructure in Ohio, although she was placed on the podium behind Ivanka, who nodded sagely while looking like an in-plain-sight undercover operative.
“That the younger Trump daughter was present at all is unusual, and certainly a dynamic change for the usual one-woman show that is Ivanka Trump,” said online news site Elite Daily.
The togetherness show rolled on when Tiffany caught a ride with Trump on Air Force One to his Mar-a-Lago estate for Easter weekend, where they not only socialised but made the docile procession to the church service at Bethesda-by-the-Sea.
Next up, Tiffany was back aboard the presidential plane for the hop to Washington DC for the White House’s annual Easter egg roll. With a pink jacket shrobed over her shoulders, she mingled with other family members (Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner were a no-show.)
So, what’s with all the attention for Tiffany?
It could just be the time of year. Growing up in California with Maples, seeing her father on spring school holidays was built into her calendar and “I still see him on spring breaks or for Easter, I’m always at Mar-a-Lago with the family”, Tiffany said in 2016.
But she was hardly seen on the campaign trail compared with her older half-siblings Don Jr, 40, Ivanka, 36, and Eric, 34, and sources said she felt like an outlier when Trump was elected.
“They always had a strained relationship her whole life, and it got exacerbated by the presidency,” the source told People. “It’s gotten much worse now.”
Tiffany has more liberal politics and views on women’s rights than her father, and on March 25 appeared to “like” a photo from her Instagram account supporting a protester at the New York March for Our Lives rally.
Maples, 54, has admitted that after her bitter 1999 divorce from Trump she chose to raise Tiffany outside the spotlight, bringing the little girl to see her father a couple of times a year.
“Her father wasn’t able to be there with day-to-day skills as a parent. He loves his kids. But everything was a bit of a negotiation,” she said.