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Donald Trump spokesperson blasts ‘internet troll’ who accused former president of ignoring grandson at UFC event

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Donald Trump got called out online for failing to greet his 10-year-old grandson, Joseph, and instead schmoozing with “B list celebrities” at a UFC match in Miami over the weekend.

“Trump blew off his own grandson while he was mugging with B List celebrities and the kid was pretty bummed out,” attorney Ron Filipkowski wrote via X Tuesday alongside a video of the former president walking around the Kaseya Center. “This is who he really is behind the fake show.”

However, Steven Cheung, Trump’s campaign communications director, told Page Six exclusively in response to Filipkowski’s original post, “Imagine being some sad, basement dwelling internet troll who is suffering from a severe case of Trump Derangement Syndrome that has to make up some fantasy story to bring meaning to his miserable life. Sad!”

Donald Trump and Ivanka Trump.
Donald did take time to greet his daughter. Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

In the clip Filipkowski referenced, Trump — who is dressed in a blue suit, white shirt and red tie with white stripes — is seen walking behind a group of security while waving at fans and fellow attendees.

Barstool founder Dave Portnoy then stands up to shake his hand before Trump, 77, sees his daughter Ivanka Trump standing on his left-hand side.

The former “Apprentice” star gives his eldest daughter a kiss and says hello to son-in-law Jared Kusher, but walks away as his grandson Joseph is walking up to greet him.

Ivanka, 42, is then seen with a big smile on her face but when she turns around, Joseph appears to be staring off with a downcast look on his face.

Donald Trump and Ivanka Trump.
The former first daughter appeared to console her son after Donald did not see him. AFP via Getty Images
Donald Trump.
It appears Donald’s attitude toward his grandson was not intentional. USA TODAY Sports via Reuters Con

“The unfortunate part is that [Donald] could have taken a moment to embrace him and pose for the camera, which would have been a significant PR move,” one person said via X in response to the clip.

“Instead, his actions reflect those of a self-centered individual, solely focused on his own interests.”

Another simply weighed in, writing, “Damn, that was cold.”

Donald Trump at UFC 299.
The former president’s rep tells Page Six the person who posted the viral clip is creating a “fantasy story to bring meaning to his miserable life.” AFP via Getty Images

Donald’s interactions with his family members appear to be under scrutiny as he inches closer to clinching the Republican presidential nomination for the 2024 election.

The real estate mogul celebrated a big victory on Super Tuesday, but fans called out at the time that his wife, Melania Trump, was noticeably absent.

The former first lady’s ex-aide then went on X earlier this week to speculate why her former pal’s marriage with Donald was on the rocks.

Melania Trump and Donald Trump.
Melania Trump did not attend Donald’s Super Tuesday celebration. Getty Images
Donald Trump and Melania Trump.
It appears Donald’s interactions with his family members are under scrutiny. Getty Images

“Chivalry for Donald was waiting for Melania to go first & ensuring she walked by his side. He’s been doing neither recently,” Stephanie Winston Wolkoff wrote on Sunday.

Melania, 53, has not addressed the comments and Ivanka has also not issued a statement on her father’s alleged behavior toward her son.


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Page Six reached out to her rep for comment but did not immediately hear back.

Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.
Ivanka was seen watching UFC 299 alongside her dad and husband Jared Kushner. AP
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner with their kids.
Aside from Joseph, Ivanka and Jared also share two other children. Ivanka Trump / Instagram

The former first daughter was seen at UFC 299, though, watching the match alongside her dad Saturday.

Aside from Joseph, Ivanka and Kushner, 43, also share a 13-year-old daughter, Arabella, and 7-year-old son, Theodore, who were not present for the mixed martial arts fight.

The family moved to Miami after the mother of three decided to “prioritize” her young children and no longer play a big role in her father’s Politics.

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