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Eric And Lara’s Baby Will Not Be A Jewish Trump

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.

Eric Trump and his wife Lara, who some outlets reported is Jewish, announced Monday they are expecting their first child – a boy – in September.

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.

Contact Daniella Cheslow at cheslow@forward.com.

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