Ivanka Trump raved about her daughter Arabella in an interview on Monday morning, and admitted she gets ‘a lot of help’ when it comes to teaching her six-year-old the impressive language skills that wowed the Chinese president.
The first daughter, 36, joined hosts Ainsley Earhardt, Steve Doocy, and Brian Kilmeade on Fox And Friends to promote her father’s tax reform plans and discuss his 12-day trip around Asia, which will end on Tuesday.
She commented on how her father, President Donald Trump, showed a video of Arabella singing in Mandarin and reciting ancient Chinese poetry, first to President Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan, then to a room full of dignitaries during a state dinner in Beijing last week.
‘It was so sweet,’ Ivanka told the hosts. ‘But my favorite moment was watching her—I showed her the footage of her grandfather showing President Xi the video of her singing, and she was so proud that he was proud of her and that President Xi had thought she had done a good job.
‘She was blushing. She had me show it to her over and over again. She worked very hard to put that little performance together.’
When the hosts asked her how Arabella and her children have managed to hone their Mandarin skills at such a young age, Ivanka replied: ‘I’m very fortunate to be able to have a lot of help to be able to support me, because I definitely could not have taught her how to do that.’
While she didn’t credit anyone specifically this morning, Ivanka has in the past said that her family employs a Chinese nanny, XiXi, to take care of Arabella and her siblings, and she is understood to be responsible for teaching them much of their linguistic skills.
The mother of three, who also has a four-year-old son, Joseph, and his one-year-old brother Theodore, has also made sure to enroll her children in Mandarin classes.
Arabella, Joseph and Theodore all attended lessons at the private Carousel Of Languages in Manhattan, where tuition costs upward of $75,000 a year, and a twelve-pack of one-hour weekly classes go for almost $800, Quartz previously reported.