Ivanka Trump offered a touching glimpse into the President’s role as a grandfather to her three children this weekend, sharing a sweet photo of her father holding his youngest grandchild, Theodore, in his arms.
The 38-year-old mother-of-three posted the photo on Instagram on Sunday, simply captioning it: ‘Grandpa and Theo.’
In the image, which is thought to have been taken this weekend, President Trump is seen walking across what looks to be the White House lawn, carrying a grinning Theodore on his hip, with Marine One seen in the background.
The image struck a chord with Ivanka’s followers – including Sarah Sanders, the former White House Press Secretary, who commented three heart emojis on the snaps.
Other users also shared their delight at seeing the sweet photo, with one writing: ‘So sweet!’
Another person praised Trump, describing him as the ‘best grandpa’.
The sweet snap was shared just one day after the President announced on social media that his brother, Robert, had passed away at the age of 71.
‘It is with heavy heart I share that my wonderful brother, Robert, peacefully passed away tonight,’ he wrote on Saturday evening.
‘He was not just my brother, he was my best friend. He will be greatly missed, but we will meet again. His memory will live on in my heart forever. Robert, I love you. Rest in peace.’
Ivanka followed in her father’s footsteps by sharing her own touching tribute to her uncle, posting a black-and-white image of the brothers embracing, while writing: ‘Uncle Robert, we love you. You are in our hearts and prayers, always.’
It is not known whether Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner joined the President, Melania, and their son Barron in Bedminster for the weekend – although the image of Trump and Theo appears to have been taken during one of the family’s many trips to the golf club.
Ivanka shared the image shortly after her husband spoke out about children returning to schools amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, insisting that he has ‘no fear’ about sending his own kids back.
The White House senior advisor, 39, made the declaration during an interview with Margaret Brennan on CBS’ Face The Nation Sunday morning.
Jared and Ivanka are parents to three school-aged children: Arabella, nine; Joseph, six; and Theodore, four.
During the interview, Margaret told Jared that parents across the country are ‘nervous’ about the prospect of sending their children back to school amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, before she asked whether his kids would be heading back into the classroom.
‘Absolutely,’ he responded, adding that he and his wife have made the decision ‘based on the data and science’ that they have received.
‘Children have a six times higher chance to die from the flu than from the coronavirus, so based on the data I’ve seen, I don’t believe that’s a risk,’ Kushner stated.
He added: ‘Our school’s not opening back up five days a week,’ he told the program. ‘I wish they would, but we absolutely will be sending our kids back to school, and I have no fear in doing so.’
Jared and Ivanka’s children attend Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School in Washington, D.C.
The school is due to commence the 2020-2021 academic year early next month, but Grades 1- 8 ‘will principally use distance learning for academic instruction, with regular in-person opportunities for outdoor education and community building.’
The school appears only to be conducting in-person lessons in outdoor spaces and in small numbers.
According to an official flyer from the school, gatherings ‘will feature outdoor experiences in which the children will be physically distanced but socially connected.
‘Students in the different grades will engage in developmentally-appropriate activities, from on campus outdoor play and hands-on learning for younger students to hikes, nature-inspired scientific exploration, and creative team-building challenges for older students.’
It’s a far different story at many public schools across the country as in-person classes resume.
Images from several schools in Georgia shared on social media last week showed students crammed into hallways without wearing masks.
In one county, outside of Atlanta, at least 1,000 students are now in quarantine following the resumption of in-person classes last week. At least 38 students and 12 teachers from the Cherokee County School District tested positive for the virus in the week that in-person classes resumed.
Elsewhere, a high school in Indiana suspended in-person classes two days into the school year after at least one staffer tested positive. The diagnosis sparked fear in the community.
Parents remain divided about whether to send their children back to school – but President Trump has strongly insisted that schools re-open on a full-time basis.