Tiffany Trump used her father’s final day as President to announce that she is engaged to her billionaire partner Michael Boulos, while sharing an image of them celebrating their happy news together at the White House.
The 27-year-old First Daughter shared the news in a gushing social media post on Tuesday, posting a smiling picture of herself and 23-year-old Michael posing outside the West Wing – having seized the opportunity to snag a final White House photo together before President Donald Trump leaves office on Wednesday.
In her post, the Georgetown Law graduate described the engagement as her most ‘special’ White House memory, while paying tribute to her ‘amazing fiancé’, whom she has been dating for just over two years.
‘It has been an honor to celebrate many milestones, historic occasions and create memories with my family here at the White House, none more special than my engagement to my amazing fiancé Michael!’ she wrote.
News: Tiffany Trump, 27, used her father’s last day as President to announce her engagement to billionaire Michael Boulos, 23, while sharing an image of them posing outside the West Wing
Timing: The First Daughter chose to share the news on her father’s final day in office, describing her engagement as her most ‘special’ White House memory
‘Feeling blessed and excited for the next chapter!’
In the photo, the newly-engaged couple is seen posing together in the West Wing Colonnade, with their arms around each other – while Tiffany proudly shows off the large diamond engagement ring that Michael presented her with.
Bling: The image of the couple taken at the White House features Tiffany’s large diamond engagement ring
The bride-to-be is dressed in a classic short-sleeved dress, which she accessorized with sparkly black heels. Her long blonde hair is styled straight and loose around her shoulders as she smiles for the camera.
Meanwhile, Michael is seen sporting a dark suit, gray tie, and an American flag pin showing support for his fiancée’s home country.
The business development manager, who is the heir to the multi-billion dollar Nigerian conglomerate Boulos Enterprises, was born in Lebanon and grew up in Nigeria before moving stateside to be with Tiffany.
Michael responded to her engagement post in the comments, writing: ‘Love you honey.’ He also proudly announced the joyous news on his Instagram page using the same photo from the White House – likely the last image that the couple posed for before Trump’s presidency comes to an end.
‘Got engaged to the love of my life! Looking forward to our next chapter together,’ he captioned the image.
Mystery: It’s unclear if Michael, 23, asked President Donald Trump for his daughter’s hand in marriage, but he has spent plenty of time with Tiffany’s father in recent months
Support: Michael spent much time by Tiffany’s side while she campaigned for her father across the country ahead of last year’s presidential election
The timing of the couple’s announcement sparked several questions on social media, with a few users asking why they chose to reveal the news of their engagement in the final hours of Trump’s presidency, when Tiffany’s family is facing such an uncertain future.
‘Interesting timing, it must be true love,’ one Twitter user commented.
Happy: Tiffany’s mother Marla Maples, 57, celebrated the news on her Instagram Stories
Another hit out at the law school grad for taking advantage of her father’s final day in office to share her own personal news, writing: ‘Again [Tiffany] read the room, just read the room.’
Michael and Tiffany’s engagement certainly comes amid a time of great upheaval for the Trump family – many of whom are expected to put down roots in Florida in the coming months, including the newly-engaged couple who are said to have been looking for properties together in Miami.
The couple has been staying at the swanky Setai Hotel in Miami’s glamorous South Beach neighborhood, but a source close to Tiffany told DailyMail.com last week that she is on the hunt for a place that the couple can call their own.
‘She has been in Miami looking at properties,’ the insider revealed. ‘She was staying at the Setai Hotel while she was viewing different options.’
President Trump and his wife Melania are planning to retire at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, after they leave White House life behind in January.
The glitzy town is only a little over an hour north of Miami, where Tiffany’s sister Ivanka Trump has already purchased land to build a property.
One of the family: Michael has spent an increasing amount of time by Tiffany’s side at official White House events, including a Christmas party hosted by President Trump last month
Official: Tiffany and Michael started dating in 2018, and she shared her first photo with him in January 2019, after celebrating Christmas together at the White House
Tiffany and Michael have been dating since they met in Mykonos, Greece, in the summer of 2018, and they have both spent plenty of quality time with each other’s parents.
Just a few months ago, Tiffany’s mother Marla Maples gushed on her Instagram Stories that Michael is ‘like a son’ to her, and she couldn’t be happier about their engagement.
Shortly after her daughter went public with the news, the 57-year-old shared Tiffany’s post on her Instagram Stories to congratulate the newly-engaged couple.
‘Celebrating God’s endless blessing of love,’ Marla wrote. ‘May God’s blessings & love always light your path. Love you so much, mom.’
Michael has also spent plenty of time with Tiffany’s father, President Trump, whom he has shown great support for.
He was often by her side on the campaign trail and attended a number of political events with her and her family, including appearances at the White House.
While Trump likely knows about his daughter’s engagement, he is unable to congratulate her on Twitter, his main mode of public communication.
He was banned from the platform over concerns his statements could provoke more violence following the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
It’s unclear if Michael asked President Trump for his youngest daughter’s hand in marriage.
Tiffany started dating Michael less than a year after she and her college boyfriend Ross Mechanic called it quits in late 2017.
She met Ross, now 26, when they were both undergraduate students at The University of Pennsylvania. They dated for two years and were together throughout her father’s 2016 presidential campaign and subsequent inauguration.
It’s unclear if politics played a part in her breakup from Ross, who was a registered Democrat at the time. They had taken a trip to Europe together in July 2017, but just two months later they appeared to be living separate lives.
Rumors of trouble in paradise began swirling in September 2017 when Ross set his once-public Instagram profile to private.
Five months later, he confirmed the split when he made things ‘Instagram official’ with his new girlfriend, sharing a photo of himself kissing her on his page.
Tiffany was first spotted with Michael at the Taoray Wang show during New York Fashion Week in September 2018. She reportedly took him to her father’s Mar-Lago estate for Thanksgiving dinner that year.
The majority of their relationship was a long-distance one, with Tiffany attending law school at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and Michael based in London.
After a year together, they were spotted browsing engagement rings at the Samer Halimeh New York store in London in June 2019, but Tiffany only picked up a $663,000 diamond ‘friendship’ bracelet while at the jeweler’s Knightsbridge store.
Speaking to the Evening Standard, the manager of the store, Maan Chakhchir, said the couple is ‘very down-to-earth and clearly very happy together.’
‘They seem very much in love. If they get engaged, I know that Mr. Halimeh would be perfect for designing the ring,’ he said at the time.
It’s unclear who designed Tiffany’s engagement ring or how much it cost.
The couple’s engagement comes one year after Michael shut down rumors that they were getting married. In January 2020, he insisted that the engagement party invitation that was circulating online was fake.
‘FYI though, the letter/invitation that has spread around in the past two days is not real,’ he wrote on his Instagram Story at the tike. ‘It’s been completely made up…’
However, wedding bells were clearly on his mind as they announced their engagement exactly a year later, though some have considered it poor timing.
Earlier this month, Tiffany came under fire for an ill-timed tweet after she sent a birthday message to her brother Eric Trump amid the siege on the U.S. Capitol.
‘Happy Birthday @erictrump I love you and I’m so grateful to always have you by my side!’ the president’s daughter tweeted on January 6, just minutes before the 6 p.m. Washington, D.C. curfew went into effect.
She also posted photos of herself with her brother, who turned 37, including one of the pair posing in front of the Washington Monument, which was the scene of unrest.
Social media users were quick to hit out at the president’s daughter, telling her to ‘read the room’.
‘Clearly haven’t spoken to your family or seen the news,’ one person tweeted.
Another simply told her to ‘read the room’ while someone else hit out saying: ‘Kind of a tone deaf and ill timed message isn’t it?’
Tiffany’s timing was perhaps all the more bizarre as she fired off the birthday message in between two tweets calling for peace.