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.
Trump described in detail how he watched his brother, Fred Trump, slowly become addicted to alcohol and die at the age of 46. The president said he “learned” from the “very tough” life his brother had, and said he was the reason he never consumed alcohol.
“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 I respected, but he would constantly tell me, ‘don’t drink.’ He’d also add, ‘don’t smoke,’” Trump said.
“To this day, I’ve never had a drink. And I have no longing for it. I have no interest in it to this day, I’ve never had a cigarette,” Trump said. “I had somebody that guided me and he had a very, very, very tough life because of alcohol, believe me, ” he continued. He was a strong guy but it was a tough, tough thing that he was going through, but I learned because of Fred.”
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