Updated, 2:50 p.m.: While several Jewish publications including the Forward reported that Eric Trump’s wife Lara is Jewish, the White House says she is not.
.@LaraLeaTrump & I are excited to announce that we are adding a boy to #TeamTrump in September. It’s been an amazing year. We are blessed! pic.twitter.com/ENrhdxdziA— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) March 20, 2017
But the White House told the JTA the newest Trump will not be a member of the tribe.
The confusion seems to begin with the couple’s wedding. In 2014, the New York Post reported that Eric Trump and Lara Yunaska tied the knot under a “crystal-embellished chuppah.” A chuppah is a Jewish wedding canopy. The Post also reported that Jared Kushner officiated, telling the bride, “You are not just gaining a family you are getting 6 million Twitter followers.” Tablet Magazine reported that the ceremony at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla. was “another Jewish Trump wedding for the ages.”
Kushner is an Orthodox Jew married to President Trump’s daughter Ivanka, who converted to Judaism. The couple has three children. Ivanka Trump frequently tweets and posts photos about her Jewish observance.
Lara Yunaska Trump grew up in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina and studied communications at North Carolina State University, according to StarNews Media. After graduating, she interned at local TV stations, then moved to New York City in 2007 to study pastry arts at The French Culinary Institute. She was selling cakes out of her apartment when she was hired as a producer for the CBS news program “Inside Edition.” She met Eric Trump in New York, the StarNews reported.
Twitter users cheered on the Trumps, but others used the announcement to take a dig at the couple, suggesting they count their blessings for having health insurance and not having to fear being deported.
@howcomhimiswear @LMicucci Good thing he’s not taking away HER health insurance.— Randie Rubenstein (@RandieRu) March 20, 2017
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