Transformed Trump family will take center stage in New York courtroom

Then-President-elect Donald Trump attends a news conference with his three eldest children — from left, Eric Trump, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. — at Trump Tower in New York in January 2017. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)Donald Trump had been a pariah on Wall Street for years when a banker in Deutsche Bank’s private wealth department started speaking with his daughter Ivanka.

is most involved in the family real estate business, while his eldest, Donald Trump Jr., is said by campaign advisers to be more interested in politics. Of the three, Eric Trump now speaks most regularly to his father, Trump advisers say, as the two have grown closer as a result of the second Trump son’s leadership of the family business. One adviser estimated the two now speak multiple times a day.

“The trial strikes at his identity and the family. His kids, what he’s been able to build over years and years and years,” said David Urban, a longtime adviser.about whether they knew of or participated in efforts to pump up the value of company properties on financial statements. Ivanka Trump is likely to be asked about, among other things, her and Deutsche Bank’s role in helping the Trump Organization redevelop the Old Post Office property in D.C. into a luxury hotel.

“In my opinion, Donald Trump was more upset when the PGA Tour took the event away from Bedminster than when he was impeached, because it struck at the brand and the name,” Urban said, referring to Trump’s golf club in Bedminster, N.J. “That’s what he cares about … ‘the empire that I’ve built.

But Trump’s children have not been that involved in his current bid for the presidency, according to multiple campaign advisers. Three people close to the former president said Donald Jr. has the most interest, and that family members will probably serve as surrogates in the general election but that they are for the moment engaged in a cooling-off period from Trump’s world. Kushner, Trump’s most important aide in 2016 and 2020, has checked in only occasionally with campaign staff.

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