It's no secret that presidential campaigns are a family affair. In some ways, they're the ultimate test of teamwork. Just look at the Kennedys (opens in new tab)! The Clintons (opens in new tab)! The Bushes (opens in new tab)! And just because you win a campaign doesn't mean the teamwork stops. So, like many families before them, much of the Trump family (opens in new tab) have taken on roles to help Trump continue his presidential winning streak. One of those people is his daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, formerly Lara Yunaska. The 37-year-old is married to Eric Trump—they have two kids together—and she's also President Trump's secret weapon. Here's what to know about her.
Lara was a TV producer.
Lara grew up in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. She received a degree in communications from North Carolina State University and then earned a degree in pastry arts from the French Culinary Institute in New York. Before working on Trump's campaign, she worked (opens in new tab) as a personal trainer. She also held a position on the board of her husband's charitable foundation, the Eric Trump Foundation (opens in new tab), which no longer exists due to multiple reports (opens in new tab) of misused funds.
Most notably, Lara worked as an associate producer for five years (opens in new tab) for CBS's Inside Edition. She left the show in the final two months (opens in new tab) of the 2016 presidential campaign to help her family with the election.
"When they're reporting on your family on the show you work for, it's a little challenging," said to Port City Daily (opens in new tab) on the lifestyle change. "We managed to keep everything pretty even-keeled for the duration of this whole thing, but certainly it's nice to not have to worry about that from day-to-day."
Lara is heavily involved in Trump's presidency.
Lara is currently serving as a senior adviser for Trump's 2020 re-election campaign and regularly goes on Fox News to discuss it. She's also gone back to her television days by hosting Trump's weekly news webcast "Real News Update (opens in new tab)," and has attended numerous "Women for Trump" events around the country.
Donald's father-in-law has noticed her talents for public speaking, especially on air. In an interview with USA Today (opens in new tab), Lara told the story of when he took notice: "I don't know that he knew I was such a fighter before and I think he saw me on TV a couple of times," she said. "And I remember him calling me and saying, 'Wow, I had no idea that you could do that."
Lara and Eric Trump have been married since 2014.
After six years of dating, the couple tied the knot in November 2014 at Donald's Mar-a-Lago estate (opens in new tab) in Palm Beach, Florida. Over 400 guests were in attendance, including family members Donald Trump Jr., who served as the best man, and Ivanka Trump, who was a bridesmaid. Jared Kushner, Ivanka's husband, also ordained the wedding, jokingly telling Lara (opens in new tab), "You are not just gaining a family you are getting 6 million Twitter followers."
Lara wore two different gowns for the memorable affair and accessorized them with jewelry from Ivanka's line.
The pair welcomed their first son, Eric "Luke" Trump, in September of 2017. They welcomed a baby girl, Carolina, in August 2019. "Family of FOUR!" Lara wrote on Instagram.
Lara is a big animal lover.
It's clear from her Instagram that Lara adores her furry friends. In an interview with POLITICO (opens in new tab), she noted she had worked with "numerous animal rescue centers and other amazing organizations to assist in making life better for them."
She also revealed that she's trying hard for the next White House dog to be adopted. "I'm working as hard as I can to get a rescue dog into the White House," Lara Trump added. "It'd be a dream."
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