NEW YORK — Like father, like son.
Donald Trump Jr.’s wife has filed for divorce.
Vanessa Trump married Trump Jr. in 2005. They have five children.
The reasons for the divorce filed Thursday in Manhattan Supreme Court were not clear. The divorce was listed as “uncontested,” indicating the split was amicable. Trump Jr., 40, has been traveling extensively while running his father’s business with his brother, Eric.
President Donald Trump has been divorced twice and is married to Melania Trump. Trump’s first wife, Ivana, is Trump Jr.’s mother.
Trump Jr., who shares his father’s itchy Twitter finger, had not tweeted about the separation Thursday afternoon. He had retweeted a sarcastic tweet from the Trump Store aimed at Jimmy Kimmel and another touting the president’s efforts to bring “innovation to health care.”
In a 2006 interview with the International Herald Tribune, Vanessa shared how she met her future ex.
“I’m at this fashion show,” Vanessa said, recalling the 2003 encounter. “Donald Trump comes up to me with his son: ‘Hi, I’m Donald Trump. I wanted to introduce you to my son Donald Trump Jr.’”
The three briefly chatted and then crossed paths again during intermission.
“Donald comes back up to me again, ‘I don’t think you’ve met my son Donald Trump Jr.,’” Vanessa said.
“Yeah, we just met, five minutes ago,” she replied.
Last month, Vanessa Trump, 40, was taken to a hospital after opening an envelope addressed to Trump Jr. containing a white powder. A note that accompanied the powder — which was later determined to be cornstarch — read “now you get what you deserve,” sources said.
A Massachusetts man, Daniel Frisiello, 24, was charged with sending the menacing message and scary powder to the couple, as well as four other public figures.
“My family and I are incredibly relieved to hear this news. No one should ever have to deal with this kind of sickening behavior. Truly amazing work from the @SecretService and other agencies involved. Thank you all for your dedication to law and order,” Trump Jr. tweeted.
Nancy Chemtob, who previously represented Matt Lauer’s wife, Annette Roque, said the “uncontested” filing did not guarantee the divorce would remain that way.
“As high profile as it is — the son of the president of the United States — one would speculate that there is really a breakdown,” she said.
“What could be so bad that you just can’t wait?”
The divorce came on the same day The New York Times reported that special counsel Robert Mueller had served subpoenas on the Trump Organization for any internal documents related to Russia.
Chemtob said it was possible that Mueller’s investigation into interference in the 2016 election played a role in the timing of the divorce.
“(Vanessa) may want to distance herself as much as possible from the investigation,” she said.
“If this is going to affect her financially then separating now would be in her best interest.”
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