Which of Donald Trump’s family members attended his 2024 presidential announcement at Mar-a-Lago?
Donald Trump once again stood before his friends, fans and followers to announce a second presidential run at Mar-a-Lago on Tuesday night.
But only some members of the former president’s family appeared to be there with him – including some members who challenged his election conspiracy theories.
Mr Trump’s wife, Melania, was in the foreground, arm in arm with her husband as he shook hands from the front rows of the audience ahead of his speech.
Photos showed his second son Eric Trump, stepdaughter Lara Trump and youngest child Barron Trump (aged 16) were also present.
More interestingly, Mr Trump’s son-in-law and former senior adviser Jarud Kushner was also there, although he had previously indicated that he disagreed with Mr Trump’s claims that he had actually won the 2020 election.
Mr. Kushner notably abstained from Mr. Trump’s attempt to overturn the vote, then testified voluntarily before the Jan. 6 inquiry.
According to reports, he and his wife Ivanka Trump tried to avoid calls from Mr Trump for support in a second presidential race.
But Ivanka herself was conspicuously absent from the campaign launch, later telling reporters she didn’t want to be “involved in politics” and subtly dismissing some of her father’s actions in power.
She said: “I love my dad very much. This time around I’m choosing to prioritize my young children and the privacy we create as a family.
“I don’t plan to enter politics. Although I will always love and support my father, in the future I will do so outside of the political arena.
“I am grateful to have had the honor to serve the American people and will always be proud of the many accomplishments of our administration.”
Mr Trump’s eldest child, Donald Jr, meanwhile hunted in the western US and was unable to return in time for the speech, despite tweeting vigorously in support of his father all along.
Mr Trump’s daughter Tiffany was also not visible – although it seems likely that, having married on Saturday, she is now on her honeymoon.
“Eric has received more subpoenas than any man in history”
During his speech, Mr Trump called on his wife Melania and son Eric to stand up and applaud the audience.
“I happen to have kids in the front row – Get up, Eric!” Mr. Trump said. “I think he’s had more subpoenas than any man in the history of our country. So unfair.
“Al Capone had a lot less. Billy the kid hardly got any. Jesse James, no. Eric Trump… he’s a subpoena doctor. I appreciate the work you do and the abuse you’ve been through, really.
Mr. Trump then appealed to Melania. “And it hasn’t been a joy ride for our great First Lady either. It hasn’t been a joy ride,” he said.
“I come home, and she says, ‘you look angry and upset.’ I said, ‘leave me alone!’ he continued, adopting a grumpy, dark voice to himself.
“It wasn’t the easiest thing, but she was a great first lady, and people love her.”
The former president was expected to announce a second presidential election just before the midterm elections, but he withheld his hand – reportedly due to interference from Republican allies who feared he would boost Democratic turnout.
Since then, many in the party have blamed Mr. Trump and his conspiracy theories for the GOP’s failure to get a “red wave” despite high inflation and the economic gloom.
“Two years ago when I left office, the United States was ready for its golden age,” Mr. Trump said in his speech. “Our nation was at the pinnacle of power, prosperity and prestige, dominating all rivals, vanquishing all foes and heading into the future, confident and so strong in four short years.
“All the incoming administration had to do was sit back and watch…but now we are a failing nation. We are a failing nation. For millions of Americans, the past two years under Joe Biden have been a time of pain, hardship, anxiety and despair.”
This article was updated at 7:50 p.m. PT to add additional details and a statement from Ivanka Trump.