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05/13/2018 12:46 pm ET Updated May 13, 2018

Trump Praises Late Mom On Mother's Day But Skips Mention Of Melania

“So much of what I’ve done and so much of what I’ve become is because of my mother. I miss her a lot,” he said.

President Donald Trump praised his late mother as “incredible” in a Mother’s Day video on Sunday but made no mention of his wife, Melania, who’s the mother of his youngest son.

Nor did he mention his two ex-wives, with whom he had four other children, in a message posted to Twitter.

Trump recognized the holiday as “one of the most important days of the year,” calling it “a special opportunity to honor all of the mothers and grandmothers in our lives.”

“She was just incredible,” he said of his late mother, Mary MacLeod Trump, an immigrant from Scotland. “Warm, loving, really smart, could be tough if she had to be, but basically she was a really nice person.

“So much of what I’ve done and so much of what I’ve become is because of my mother. I miss her a lot,” he said.

Trump’s mother died in 2000.

Donald Trump's parents, Mary MacLeod Trump and Fred Trump, at an awards dinner in New York in 1999.
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Donald Trump's parents, Mary MacLeod Trump and Fred Trump, at an awards dinner in New York in 1999.

First lady Melania Trump has made motherhood her primary role in the White House. Along with caring for the couple’s 12-year-old son, Barron, she is focusing on children through her “Be Best” campaign.

Last week, she reflected on the enormous amount of work that goes into being a mom at an event for military mothers at the White House.

First lady Melania Trump delivers remarks at the launch of her "Be Best" initiatives at the White House last Monday.
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First lady Melania Trump delivers remarks at the launch of her "Be Best" initiatives at the White House last Monday.

“It takes an incredible amount of strength, a lot of time, a generous amount of patience, and all of our love,” she said. “As moms, we are so incredibly privileged to be able to bring children into this world and be a part of helping them grow into adults.”

Vice President Mike Pence posted a Mother’s Day tribute on Sunday that saluted the ladies in his life ― his mother, Nancy Fritsch, and his wife, Karen, who he boasted is “the best mom 3 kids could ever have!”

Trump’s oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., lauded his wife, Vanessa, in a tweet on Sunday. His warm reflection came as the couple, who have five children together, prepare to divorce.

Former President Barack Obama expressed his appreciation for his wife, Michelle, and his mother-in-law, Marian Robinson, on Sunday, calling them “remarkable” in a message posted on Twitter.

Michelle Obama, not missing a beat, recognized her mother with an old family photo ― though she added that it’s “impossible for any picture to truly capture what my mother, Marian, has meant to me.”

Happy Mother’s Day!

This story has been updated to include Pence’s tweet.

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