US President Donald Trump has a new grandchild on the way, but rather than a brit milah, the only thing that’s getting nipped are rumors that the baby will be Jewish.
Son Eric Trump and his wife, Lara Yunaska Trump, the former personal trainer and former CBS producer for “Inside Edition,” announced Monday on Twitter that they are expecting a baby in September.
The baby, who the couple announced is a boy, will be Trump’s ninth grandchild.
Earlier reports — including this one — claimed that Yunaska Trump is Jewish, but a White House press officer confirmed Tuesday that she is not a member of the Tribe.
The false impression that she is Jewish seems to trace back to a 2014 Page Six article in the New York Post that said the couple wed under “a crystal-embellished chuppa” (with Jewish brother-in-law Jared Kushner officiating). It’s not clear whether the canopy in fact was inspired by Jewish themes, but following the publication of that article, Jewish media outlets (along with some anti-Semitic ones) referred to her as Jewish.
Ethnicelebs.com, a website that traces the ancestry of celebrities, debunked the claim in July — reporting Lara instead to be of Slovak, English, German, remote Swiss-German and Dutch heritage.
That isn’t to say the Lara and Eric’s baby won’t be surrounded by plenty of Jewish influences. He will have three Jewish cousins: the children of Trump’s daughter Ivanka, a convert to Orthodox Judaism, and Jared. And another Trump daughter, Tiffany, is dating Ross Mechanic, who is Jewish.
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) March 20, 2017
The president tweeted his good wishes to his son and daughter-in-law.
Congratulations Eric & Lara. Very proud and happy for the two of you! https://t.co/s0T3cTQc40
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 20, 2017
“Congratulations Eric & Lara. Very proud and happy for the two of you!” he wrote.
Ivanka Trump also tweeted her congratulations.
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) March 20, 2017
Lara Trump told People magazine that the couple made the announcement at the start of her second trimester because they were afraid the president would give them away.
“Eric’s dad was so excited that we were worried he’d blurt it out at a press conference,” she told the magazine.