Trump Gets Sentimental Over His Late Brother: Alcoholism Caused Him ‘A Very, Very, Very Tough Life’


At a Thursday White House press conference declaring opioids a national emergency, President Donald Trump delivered a rare public moment of vulnerability and sentimentality while discussing his late brother’s bout with alcoholism.

During his remarks, the President talked at some length about his brother Fred Trump — who died in 1981 at the age of 43 from causes related to his excessive drinking.

I had a brother Fred. Great guy. Best looking guy. Best personality. Much better than mine.

But he had a problem. He had a problem with alcohol. And he would tell me “Don’t drink. Don’t drink.” He was substantially older, and I listened to him and respected. But he would constantly tell me, “Don’t drink.” He’d also add, “Don’t smoke.”

But he would say it over, and over, and over again. And to this day I’ve never had a drink.

The President added that he took his brother’s struggles to heart.

“He had a very, very, very tough life because of alcohol, believe me,” Trump said. “Very, very tough, tough life. He was a strong guy. But it was a tough, tough thing that he was going through. But I learned because of Fred. I learned.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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