Donald Trump has had a strong relationship with Tom Brady for quite some time, and even rooted for Brady becoming his son-in-law.
Reportedly, Trump ‘joked’ several times that his daughter Ivanka Trump could have married the New England Patriots quarterback, but “instead,” the President had said, “I got Jared Kushner.”
The ‘lament’ appeared to be less good-natured ribbing and more of an indication of wishful thinking by Trump, who has had a bit of rocky relationship with Kushner.
The President has even told aides that “Jared hasn’t been so good for me.”
Could Ivanka have married Brady?
Donald Trump’s ex wife, Ivana, confirmed in her book Raising Trump her former husband’s interest in having his daughter date Brady, but insisted that Ivanka “wasn’t into it.”
“At one point, Donald wanted her to date Tom Brady, the quarterback…He said, ‘You have to meet him!’ But Ivanka wasn’t into it,” wrote Ivana.
Earlier this year, former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci stated that the two might have actually dated. He even speculated that Brady’s wife, Gisele Bündchen, may have convinced her husband to skip the Patriots’ Super Bowl victory trip to the White House last year because of “jealousy.”
The more plausible reason behind Brady’s refusal to visit the White House is politically motivated, as Bündchen is not a Trump fan, and Brady has dodged questions since the election about his earlier Trump support.
Bündchen replied to a fan in an Instagram post that the couple wasn’t backing Trump in the election — even though Trump said that he has Brady’s support. A day after the election, the quarterback told reporters:
“I talked to my wife and she said I can’t talk about politics anymore… I think that’s a good decision.”
Back in 2015, however, Brady said that it would be “great” if Trump became president, and he has frequently referred to Trump as his “good friend.”
Neither Brady, Bündchen nor Ivanka Trump have commented on the subject.