President Donald Trump says in an extensive new interview that he regrets that he is contributing to the pressure of his late brother Fred Jr., who suffered from addiction and was unable to run the family business.
The death of Trump & # 39; s older brother, Fred Jr., at the age of 41, is one of the signal events in the president's life and coincided with his own ultimate turnout to take over his father's business.
Despite the pressure exerted on Fred Trump's eldest son, helping a real estate empire wasn't his thing, Trump told the Washington Post. At the same time, Fred Jr. struggled. his whole life with alcohol addiction, say family and friends.
President Donald Trump, here with father Fred Trump, says he is sorry that he has put pressure on his deceased brother Fred Jr.
The president complains that he did not encourage his brother to pursue his own interest in flying planes, although he told little about his brother's descent into alcoholism.
& # 39; I am sorry to have put him under pressure, & # 39; Trump said to the newspaper. Running the business & # 39; was something he would never want to & # 39 ;, Trump said. & # 39; It just wasn't his thing. & # 39;
Trump remembers telling his brother that & # 39; you are wasting your time & # 39; with flies.
& # 39; I think the mistake we made was that we assumed everyone would like it. That would be the biggest mistake, & # 39; said Trump, referring to the business path he would take himself.
The older Trump pursued a career as a commercial pilot for TWA, but was eventually fired in what a former pilot said because of Trump's drinking problem. A former friend mentioned & # 39; excitement & # 39; with the family, who did not want him to become a pilot. He later took a job at his father's company.
Fred Trump Jr. was interested in becoming a pilot, but eventually returned to the family business
Donald Trump would follow in his father's footsteps and bring the family business to Manhattan
Robert Trump, Elizabeth Trump, Fred Trump Jr., Donald Trump, Maryanne Trump
& # 39; Something a mother never forgets, & # 39; said Mary Anne Trump about the loss of her son
& # 39; What he liked doing were airplanes flying, & # 39; said the president. & # 39; I remember that I was home and that other TWA pilots would come to the house and work with Fred because he was a very natural talent. & # 39;
Referring to his father's expectations of his eldest son, Trump said: & # 39; There was a kind of double pressure on him & # 39; by his brother and his father. & # 39;
De Post interviewed friends and classmates of Fred Jr., who in his younger days had a reputation as popular and handsome and a bit of a joke maker.
& # 39; He was so handsome and I saw what alcohol actually did to him. . . and that also had an impact on me & # 39 ;, said the president.
Trump, who pointed out not to drink and cites his brother's death as a reason, says he is afraid of a genetic link to a condition that is increasingly being studied as a disease.
& # 39; I regret that I put pressure on him & # 39 ;, said President Trump about his urge to have his brother work at the family business
& # 39; Let's say I started drinking, it's very possible that I wouldn't talk to you right now, & # 39; said Trump. & # 39; There is something about the genetic effect. & # 39;
Trump said that Fred Jr. He went to rehab several times, but it is not clear that he went to the kind of long-term program that has become general nowadays.
"I don't think it was necessarily a rehabilitation because he lived in the house [in Queens]. I don't remember it as a stay. But I spent a lot of time with Fred," Trump said.
& # 39; I used to ask: & # 39; Is it the taste or what is it? & # 39; Trump said he always questioned his brother. & # 39; He didn't know what to say about it, to be honest it was just something he liked. & # 39;
Trump only spoke briefly about an internal family that was arguing over funds with the death of Fred Trump Sr. Fred & # 39; s son Fred III had a son with cerebral palsy and was looking for a larger share to pay for his care.
& # 39; One child had a hard time. It was an unfortunate thing. It worked well and we can all agree, & said the president.
The President has linked the issues related to his brother's death to his own interest in the fight against the nation's opioid epidemic.
& # 39; I think you could now say that I am the boss trying to solve it. I don't know I would work, the kind of time and energy and even the money we spend on it … I don't know I would do that if I had no experience with Fred, & he said.
& # 39; We often went out to dinner. I sometimes came home and had lunch with him, & said the president.
Trump & # 39; s mother, Mary Anne, pondered years after the fact in an interview with Irish broadcaster RTÉ in 1994.
& # 39; We have lost a son. We have lost our oldest son. He was 41. Something a mother never forgets, & said Mary Anne Trump.
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