President Donald Trump’s wife, Maureen, and son, Barron, have spoken out about the late president’s funeral, saying he was a “great father” and “a great husband.”
“The people of the United States have been with him through the toughest of times, and they will always have a place in our hearts,” Maureen Trump said in a statement released Sunday evening.
The president’s death comes amid a wave of suicides that has touched off calls for the government to take steps to make mental health more accessible to the public.
Maureen said she spoke to her husband by phone Sunday afternoon and that he “wasn’t the sort of person who was easily depressed.”
Trump, who died on Friday, was 83.
“It’s been a very hard day,” Maury said.
“I just wanted to say a big thank you to the president, to everyone who has been so supportive of me.”
She added that she is working on the new book, titled The Trumps Way: The Love Story of My Father, and that she hopes to publish it by the end of the year.
Trump’s eldest daughter, Ivanka, said in the statement that her father was “an amazing father, a loving husband, and a great American” and that “I want to thank all of our countrymen, women, and children for their thoughts and prayers.”
Trump was hospitalized in his New York City penthouse apartment on July 9, 2016, after a manic episode.
He had been suffering from an autoimmune disorder that made him feel unwell and unable to function normally.
A month earlier, Maury was diagnosed with depression.
He was admitted to a hospital where she received medication for anxiety and other issues, but he was not admitted to the intensive care unit because he was so sick.
In his statement, Maurys parents said that her “heart is full of grief and sadness over the loss of her father.”
“She has been in constant contact with me, and she will always be the first person in my heart to say how much I miss her and her family,” they said.
The statement comes after the White House released a statement Sunday morning in which Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, said that they had been given a full and complete accounting of the events that led up to the death of the president.
“During our conversations with the White Houses Counsel, Ivanka and Jared were clear that there is no doubt about the gravity of this event and the tremendous grief it has caused, and we share their sadness,” the statement said.
Ivanka and Kushner said that the president was treated with “the utmost respect, dignity, and dignity,” and that the public was informed of the facts about the circumstances surrounding his death.