Some of the Trump siblings have received a ton of attention for working in politics while their father has been in office. Suggestions of nepotism have plagued the administration since it was announced post-election that Trump's daughter, Ivanka, and her husband, Jared Kushner, would be working in the West Wing. Not all of the Trump children are posting up at the Capitol, however, so if you're wondering if Tiffany Trump is at the State of the Union (SOTU), you'll have to tune in to find out — she hasn't commented one way or another.
However, all signs point to yes: Tiffany did attend last year, and she is also based in D.C. Plus, presidential families traditionally show up to support the president at the address. “All of the president’s children, along with the first lady, will be at the State of the Union, with the exclusion of Barron. I don’t believe he will be attending as of right now,” Sarah Sanders told press Monday.
Trump, currently a first year student at Georgetown Law School, has typically refrained from participating in the political sphere that the rest of her family wholeheartedly threw itself into during her father's presidential campaign. However, given that she is studying law, it's always possible that things could change in that realm.
There are many reasons why Tiffany might abstain from having a more political life. For one, she was raised by Marla Maples, President Trump's second wife. The three eldest Trumps — Ivanka, Eric, and Don Jr. — were raised by Ivana Trump, Trump's first wife. Because of this, Tiffany reportedly grew up in California — literally on the other side of the country from her father.
Another reason she might be less visible is that she is still in school, and law school, in particular, is extremely time consuming. She might simply be too busy.
Often compared to her sister in just about every way possible, Tiffany has been characterized as the forgotten Trump. Even The New York Times dubbed her "the other Trump" in a 2016 profile. In fact, a lot of what the public hears about Tiffany comes from her half-sister, Ivanka, who is often openly considered to be Trump's favorite child.
A popular passage from Ivanka's first book, The Trump Card: Playing to Win in Work and Life, attempted to describe the Trump children, including Tiffany, as heirs and heiresses who weren't obsessed with money. In an anecdote, Ivanka described a young Tiffany who was upset that she didn't have a credit card, as most of her friends reportedly did. Ivanka encouraged Tiffany to approach their father to request one, but ultimately did the work herself:
Big Sis did an end-around to save Tiffany the trouble. I didn’t tell her, of course, but I went to our father and suggested he think about surprising Tiffany with a credit card for Christmas, with a small monthly allowance on it. Sure enough, he did just that. Tiffany was thrilled and relieved. And so appreciative. That made all the difference, we all appreciate what we have. We don't take advantage of it or expect it as our due.
A lot of what the public sees of Tiffany takes place on Instagram, where the young socialite has accrued just under one million followers. On the social media site, she exhibits precisely the lifestyle one might expect a daughter of a billionaire to lead — copious photographs of rooftops, beaches, and tons of ballgowns.
According to the Times profile of Tiffany, she was afforded a relatively low-profile childhood simply by being physically removed from her father's domain — New York City. "I had the blessing of raising her pretty much on my own," her mother told the paper. Seemingly in character with her penchant for staying out the spotlight, Tiffany declined to be interviewed for the profile, though she did consent to participating in the photo shoot.
Whether Tiffany will ever pick up the political reins is entirely unclear. She will likely have two more years of law school to complete, and by that point all eyes will be on her father's anticipated reelection campaign.