Calls Ivanka Trump ‘Phony & Gross: Samantha Cohen Biography, Wiki, Age
Samantha Cohen has never been a fan of her father’s former boss, President Donald Trump, as she expressed in a new interview with Vanity Fair. But in the piece, which was published on September 11, Michael Cohen’s daughter also took aim at First Daughter Ivanka Trump. She described Ivanka’s behavior toward her as “phony and gross.”
Ms. Cohen promoted the article on her Instagram account and thanked the magazine for “giving me the platform to authentically share my story.” As of this writing, Ivanka Trump had not publicly commented on the article
The connection between the Trumps and the Cohens dates back to 2001, when Michael Cohen bought an apartment at Trump World Tower. He went on to buy several more Trump properties and encouraged family members to do the same. According to USA Today, the two men crossed paths when Cohen “helped Trump in a dispute with a condo board.”
Trump described Michael Cohen to the New York Post in 2007 as “a very smart person” and it was around that time that Michael Cohen went to work for the Trump Organization as an attorney.
That connection meant Samantha Cohen spent her teenage years around the Trump family. She told Vanity Fair that she was 11 or 12 when her father joined the Trump organization. She explained to the magazine that she never liked Trump because he often insulted her father.
But Samantha said her father “tuned out” any negative remarks and established close ties with the Trump family. Samantha recalled that her father connected with both Don Jr. and Ivanka. But that closeness did not extend to Samantha, who explained to Vanity Fair:
My dad used to tell me how mean Trump was to Don Jr. and how badly he felt for him. Ivanka lived in our building. She would totally ignore me if she ever saw me. I always found it so strange because she loved my dad. She came over one night because he made his “famous” lasagna. Whenever we were alone, though, she’d look past me. One time she told on me after she saw me smoking cigarettes outside of our building. It was so lame.
Samantha Cohen further described a chance encounter she had with Ivanka. She said the interaction occurred a few months before her father was sentenced to prison on charges that were related to “hush payments” Cohen had made to women who claimed to have had affairs with the president:
I knew that [Ivanka] was in town because Secret Service was everywhere. I walked out of the building and she was standing waiting for her driver. She saw me and I thought she was going to ignore me, as she had the rest of my life. But she grabbed my arm and said, “We all feel so terribly about what’s happening to your dad. Our hearts are breaking for him. I’m so sorry that this happened to you guys,” in this high-pitched, sugary voice. I knew how fake it was.
I have no idea why she said that to me because I know she doesn’t care, and it was too late to send a message to my dad. I don’t know if she was trying to make herself feel better, or if she did it for show because there were other people in the lobby. It just felt like someone threw a bucket of slime on me because it was so phony and gross. But no one actually gave a rat’s ass about my dad or my mom or my brother or me. We were all, as my dad likes to say, collateral damage.
Samantha Cohen is about two years younger than Tiffany Trump. Cohen told Vanity Fair they used to spend time together as teenagers whenever Tiffany was in town to visit Donald. Cohen claimed her father was “helpful” to Tiffany over the years because “Trump never wanted to deal with” his younger daughter.
Cohen claimed that after she arrived at the University of Pennsylvania, Tiffany became one of her “closest friends” on campus. But that friendship has faded over the past few years. Cohen theorizes that by speaking at the Republican National Convention and supporting Trump’s campaign for re-election, Tiffany is trying to earn her father’s attention and approval because she never had it as a child:
This isn’t anything she’s explicitly said to me, but it can’t be easy being made to feel your entire life like you’re unwanted. I won’t speak to her now, but if I could, I would say something. When I see her speaking at the RNC, I know there’s no way she believes that sh*t. She has friends who are gay. She’s an Ivy League–educated woman. There’s no way that she thinks that any of this is a good idea, and her dad treated her like sh*t her whole life.
She never really got the perks of being a Trump kid before. But this is how and when she wants it? Being part of the most hated family in America?
Michael Cohen echoed his daughter’s opinion about Ivanka Trump in his new book, Disloyal: A Memoir. He included in the memoir that Samantha was “amazed and appalled” by how Tiffany was treated by the rest of her family, according to excerpts published by the Mercury News. He wrote that the older Trump children referred to Tiffany as the “red-haired stepchild,” the Guardian reported.
Michael Cohen wrote that Ivanka Trump enjoyed her status as Donald’s favorite child and engaged in “casual cruelty” against Tiffany in order to prevent her from establishing a better relationship with their father. Cohen claimed Ivanka “jealously guarded her position as Trump’s favorite and surrogate, even at the expense of her vulnerable younger sister.”
Cohen also described a conversation Ivanka had with her father after Tiffany had graduated from college. Cohen said he was in the room when Donald began telling Ivanka that Tiffany had asked for his help in securing an internship at Vogue magazine. The future president reportedly said to Ivanka, “I don’t think Tiffany has the look. She just doesn’t have what you have, honey.” According to Cohen, Ivanka agreed wholeheartedly with her father. “She just doesn’t have the look is the right way to say it, Daddy.”
The assertation that Tiffany Trump was treated differently from her other siblings is nothing new. In a 2005 radio interview on The Howard Stern Show, Donald Trump confirmed that Don Jr. Ivanka had tried to “bump” Tiffany from receiving her fair share of the inheritance. Newsweek obtained clips from this interview in 2017.
Who is Samantha Blake Cohen
Samantha Blake Cohen is the eldest child of Michael Cohen and Laura Shusterman. Samantha and her brother, Jake, accompanied their father to court in New York City on December 12. There, Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison for lying to Congress about Donald Trump’s potential business deals in Russia. In addition, the president’s former fixer will have to pay a fine of $50,000. Samantha limped with her father on crutches as he helped her into the building following recent hip surgery.
In sentencing Cohen at federal court in Manhattan, Judge William H. Pauley III said that the lawyer had committed a “veritable smorgasbord” of offenses that were “motivated by personal greed and ambition.” The judge also said that Cohen’s crimes warranted “serious punishment.” Cohen replied saying he had been “weak” in never standing up to Trump’s requests. He added, “I blame myself for the conduct which has brought me here today and it was my own weakness and a blind loyalty to this man… that led me to choose a path of darkness over light.”
According to her LinkedIn page, Samantha is a 2018 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. Samantha writes on her page that she is “seeking job opportunities.” She attended the Ivy League school between 2014 and 2018. While at Penn, Samantha was a member of one of the university’s non-Greek sororities, the Tabard Society.
Two days after Cohen’s sentencing, Samantha was seen out at the New York Botanical Garden’s Winter Wonderland Ball, according to Page Six. A witness told the tabloid that Samantha “seems OK. She has supportive friends that she’s known forever. She is trying for normalcy.” While another friend said, “Samantha came with a group and was having fun.” That friend mentioned that Samantha was taking smiling photos on the dancefloor with friends.
In January 2017, Samantha attended an inaugural ball with her father in Washington D.C. When one commenter wrote, “A bit of fatherly advice: Don’t let her out of the house! A very pretty young lady. I wish you luck.” Cohen responded, “thank you…fortunately for me she is as smart as she is beautiful.” In another comment, Cohen described himself as being “blessed.” While when a troll said, “would you be proud if trump grabbed her by the p**** or is that just other peoples daughters?” Cohen responded, “so long #troll with a whopping 0 followers. #bye.”
ABC News reported in June 2018 that Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation was looking at billionaires with “deep ties” to Russia who attended Trump’s inaugural balls. Among those who were being looked at were Victor Veksleberg and his cousin, American Andrew Intrater. Both men were sat next to Cohen and his family at a dinner. Cohen had a $1 million consulting contract with Intrater’s business, Columbus Nova, the ABC report said.
When Samantha was 17 years old, she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, according to a feature in Shape Magazine. The 2013 article, written while Samantha was in high school, describes her as a straight-A student. In her youth, Samantha was an avid figure skater as well as jazz and ballet dancer. Though, when Samantha was 16, she developed knee problems and had to slow down her dreams of being a dancer. Samantha told Shape, “I really enjoyed dancing but realized it’s not all I want out of life.”
When asked about climbing Africa’s tallest mountain, Samantha told Shape that she was never in any doubt of her ability to make it to the top, despite doubts from her friends and family. Though Samantha joked, “I guess I could have chosen to hike a smaller mountain, say in Colorado.” In total, Samantha and her group raised close to $22,000 for St. Jude’s. The article concludes with Samantha saying, “I’m not the fittest person, but if you want something, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to achieve it. People are much more physically capable than they realize. And my drive is strong enough to help me accomplish anything.”
In a separate interview with New York Family about her climb, Samantha said that she first became enamored with the work that St. Jude’s does after toured the hospital with the Eric Trump Foundation. In 2011, Samantha spent a summer interning at the hospital. She described the experience saying, “I got close with about 30 kids. Seeing their positive attitude day in day out challenges you to be as positive as you can be. You want to be there for them.” Prior to volunteering with St. Jude’s, Samantha donated her time with Operation Smile and Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation. Samantha tells her fellow teens in the article, “If you do something that means something to you, it will mean something to the person you’re helping.”
In January 2017, Buzzfeed published documents that appeared to show that Cohen had traveled to the Czech Republic in August 2016 to meet with representatives of the Russian government. In response to the story, Cohen tweeted along with a photo of his passport, “I have never been to Prague in my life #fakenews.”
Then, Cohen reposted an Instagram post from Samantha that showed him in Los Angeles with her while celebrating his birthday in August 2016. The post read, “Happy birthday to the best dad in the whole wide world… 50 never looked so good.” Cohen appeared on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show to demand an apology from Buzzfeed and others saying, “It’s not comfortable but I’m okay with it personally because it benefits Mr. Trump and I’ll do anything to protect Mr. Trump, the family… as well as the campaign. I’m okay with it personally. The problem is that it affected my family. If affected my wife, my family, my children, and that’s not okay. I believe Buzzfeed, CNN and others owe them an apology.” In April 2018, Cohen dropped his lawsuit against Buzzfeed for an unspecified reason.