The president of the United States, Donald Trump, has asked his family to “make a big deal out of” a birthday celebration on Tuesday that he said will be “big, big, big.”
Trump said in a statement Tuesday that his son Barron, 17, and daughter Ivanka will attend the birthday party at the White House with his family on April 23.
“I want to tell you that there is no way you can possibly get this right,” Trump said in the statement.
The White House has declined to say whether Ivanka will be there, citing the special relationship between the president and his eldest daughter.
Ivanka’s father, Jared Kushner, also attended the birthday celebration with his wife, Melania, and their son, Barron, in March.
The event has become a source of speculation among Trump loyalists, who say the president’s birthday should be a big, special event for his family and that Ivanka’s presence is a distraction.
The president and first lady were in the White, and the two are often seen together.
In a series of tweets Tuesday, Trump promised that the event would be a “big celebration” that would “be very special” and that the president would be celebrating his 22nd birthday.
Trump did not provide an estimate for the cost of the birthday celebrations, saying it would depend on the size of the party.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.