Donald Trump’s Mother Asked: ‘What Kind Of Son Have I Created?’
Mary Trump, the Scottish-born mother of the US President who died in 2000, is reported to have been acutely embarrassed by the antics of her fourth child during the 1990s when his failing marriage and business were the subject of intense tabloid scrutiny.
Born as the 10th child of the MacLeod family on the Outer Hebridean Isle of Lewis in 1912, Ms Trump was raised in a strict Presbyterian, Gaelic speaking household.
She emigrated to New York in 1930 and found work as a domestic servant before later marrying businessman Fred Trump and having five children.
But Ms Trump despaired of her son’s antics during the late 1980s when the ups and downs of his divorce from his first wife, Ivana Trump, meant her family were thrown into the spotlight when she was in her eighties.
She became a minor source of attention during this time and was frequently photographed by the paparazzi. She was horrified at the role her son played in it, according to a 1990 article by Vanity Fair.
Mr. Trump is known for his frequent reference to his father and the role he played in his life but is more reluctant to talk about his mother.
Despite describing her as “fantastic” and “a homemaker” who “loved it” with a “great sense of pageantry”, it is his father’s picture which sits in the Oval Office – not hers.
Friends of the family have commented that Ms Trump always seem more distant from her family than her husband.
A childhood friend of Mr Trump recounted how Fred Trump “would be around and watch him play” but “his mom didn’t interact in that way”.