Limited financial support
While Marla raised Tiffany on her own out west, the young girl received little in the way of financial support from her father – at least compared to his other children. Her college, of course, was still paid for and he got her an apartment, but that has been it. In Ivanka Trump’s book, The Trump Card: Playing to Win in Work and Life, Trump’s eldest daughter writes about her relationship with Tiffany as they grew a bit older. That included a tidbit about helping her achieve a bit more financial stability, through their father.
Ivanka writes that Tiffany wasn’t exactly looking to go on big shopping sprees, but mostly had simple needs. She didn’t have access to a credit card like the other Trumps – and like most children in affluent families.
All she wanted, really, was a way to enjoy some of the privileges her friends got to enjoy, in the same way she would have enjoyed them if she’d lived under our father’s roof … I went to our father and suggested he think about surprising Tiffany with a credit card for Christmas, with a small monthly allowance on it. Sure enough, he did just that. Tiffany was thrilled and relieved. And so appreciative.
The fact that Ivanka, who has developed a much stronger relationship with Tiffany in recent years, had to go out of her way to do this for Tiffany says a lot.