Trump: the Next Generation
updated 04/17/2006 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 04/17/2006 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Did you jump at the chance to appear on the show?
Donald Jr.: I held off for four seasons [because] it's very time-consuming. Plus, it was my father's thing, and I didn't want to encroach on that. But he's a very persuasive guy; you can only say no for so long.
Ivanka: In spite of our hesitation, we enjoyed it and had a lot of fun.
Do you two think you could handle the competition on The Apprentice?
Donald Jr.: We don't get a free ride. If we did not do as good or better than anyone else, [our father] would fire us. That's the way a business should be run.
Ivanka: I think his phrase was "You [could] be fired like a dog." He's said it publicly, but he's not joking.
So could you win on the show?
Donald Jr.: No doubt.
Ivanka: Definitely! Our big credo is "Second place is only the first loser."
Is there a sibling rivalry between you?
Ivanka: No. But we're highly competitive. I went skiing with my younger brother once and he beat me down the mountain, and I was devastated!
Donald Jr.: Ultimately we're a family company, and it doesn't behoove us not to be nice.
Any sense of rivalry toward your new half brother Barron, born March 20?
Ivanka: There's such an age difference that it's a nonissue. We're just excited. I've offered babysitting services.
Donald Jr.: When my father's in a good mood, everyone's in a good mood—and he's thrilled about [Barron].
Ever give your dad advice on The Hair?
Donald Jr.: I don't bring up the hair—I might be destined for the same fate.