Donald Trump's Wife, Children Open Up on '20/20' About GOP Candidate: "There’s No One Else Like Him"
Melania Trump and the GOP candidate's four eldest children sat down with Barbara Walters for the '20/20' special 'Meet the Trumps.'
Donald Trump, wife Melania and his four eldest children sat down with 20/20's Barbara Walters for an exclusive Meet the Trumps special that aired Friday evening.
During the hourlong episode, Walters questioned the GOP candidate's wife and children about the billionaire husband-father-grandfather, while also getting the former Apprentice star to share the one thing he wants right now that he doesn't have.
Early on in the sit-down interview, Melania joined her husband and Walters to discuss her thoughts on Donald's presidential run and why she's been absent from the campaign trail. "It’s my choice not to be there," said Melania. "I support my husband 100 percent, but we have a 9-year-old son together, Barron, and I’m raising him, and this is the age he needs a parent at home."
“We discuss a lot, yes,” said Melania of being involved in the early discussions with her husband about him running for president. “I encourage because I know what he will do and what he can do for America. He loves the American people, and he wants to help them.”
Asked if the 45-year-old believes her marriage to her billionaire husband is one of equals, she replied "Yes," before Donald chimed in. "I would say no," he said. "I would say she’s far greater than the 50 percent. We have a very, very, pretty much equal relationship. What do you say?" he asked Melania, who agreed.
Walters questioned the former model about whether her early modeling photos will be a "liability" for her husband in the Oval Office. "I don’t think so. I think people will always judge," explained Melania of the pictures (some of them are partially nude). "That’s part of the job that I was doing. I was a very successful model."
"If I’m lucky enough to win, the public will be so lucky to have Melania as the first lady," said Donald of his wife. "She will be so beautiful and elegant and good from the heart. She will be a fabulous first lady."
Though Melania said she would prefer to keep the advice that Donald has taken from her private, he was quick to share. "She was very happy with my performances, if you want to call them performances. She said, 'You can tone it down a little bit on occasion,' which I understand," said Donald of Melania's advice about the debates.
The veteran journalist then inquired if Melania was bothered by her husband's public comments about women's looks, citing his fellow GOP candidate Carly Fiorina. "It doesn’t bother me. He treats everybody the same," she said. "He talked about men as well, not about women only. Maybe they just go into a little bit more details when he says something about women."
Melania shared that when Donald is at home, their family of three are homebodies. "When he comes home, we spend time together, the two of us or two of us and Barron. Just be at home because that’s really quality time together."
Later in the interview, Walters sat down with Trump's four eldest children: Donald, Jr. (37), Ivanka (34), Eric (31) and Tiffany (22). Asked what makes their father tick, Eric said, "Work and family."
"He was the first to tell us how privileged we are and with that privilege, how much responsibility we had to really sort of earn what we were so lucky to have been afforded since birth," said Ivanka — a sentiment her older brother Donald, Jr. echoed. "To say we weren’t spoiled would be laughable. But we were spoiled with great education, great experiences, but we weren’t the kids showing up to college with a Ferrari. We always had to sort of earn whatever it is that we wanted, and that, I think, that prevented us from doing a lot of the other things that you’ve seen as downfalls, perhaps, in other children who have similar circumstances."
Donald, Jr. continued, "He’s not a big believer in [politically correct] culture, where every statement you make, you have to vet very carefully through thousands of people. But if people really break down what he’s trying to say, there’s no malice in there. He’s just cutting through the nonsense and getting to the point and not wasting time. That’s what he does." He added: "He’s an amazing guy, and I wouldn’t change a thing about him. He really is a unique individual. There’s no one else like him."
To cap off the Meet the Trumps interview, which also showed footage of Donald with his seven grandchildren, Walters asked him a series of personal questions, including: “What do you dislike most about your appearance?” He replied: "I like my appearance."
Though the billionaire is happy at home and will "go back to what I was doing" if he doesn't win the presidential ticket, there's one thing he is still working toward: "The one thing that I want right now is the presidency. I will do a great job, and I’ll make a lot of people happy. It’ll be a very positive thing. I don’t need it for myself or my ego — I just think I’d do a great job."