Donald Trump has said that the key to being a good father is to spend a lot of time with your kids and keep them away from drugs, cigarettes, and alcohol – comments that are seen as a swipe at Joe Biden.
Biden’s son Hunter, now 51, has been battling addiction to crack cocaine and alcohol for years.
During the presidential debates, Trump used Hunter’s fight to attack Biden – leading the Democrat to say their children should be kept out of their political rivalries.
On Thursday night, Trump was asked in a fawning interview with Women for Trump 2020 co-chair Gina Loudon how he had raised such fine children. She noted that her son had played soccer this week with Trump’s son, Barron, 15.
“I think you should give them a lot of attention,” Trump said.
The Trump family, from left: Don Jr, Melania, Donald, Ivanka, Eric and Tiffany, in October 2016
Donald Trump is seen in June 2015 with his five children, their husbands and children
Donald Trump spoke with Dr. Gina Loudon of Real America’s Voice on Thursday evening
Trump’s comments were seen as a swipe at Joe Biden’s son Hunter, pictured with his father in 2009
“Despite being busy, I was able to do that to say the least.”
His eldest daughter, Ivanka, now 39, told CNN in 2016 that her father was “ an incredible parent, ” even though he wasn’t particularly practical and wasn’t the type to play games with his kids and read them stories.
“No, he was different,” she said.
“He wasn’t really the type – he didn’t spend long changing diapers and things like that.”
She said he was “very accessible and available,” noting that she could always call him directly at the office.
Trump, a teetotaler who saw his brother Fred die of alcoholism in 1981, also said keeping children away from illicit temptations was another pillar of parenting.
‘Me always too, you can have good children, but if they start with the drugs, alcohol, cigarettes …
“I’ve been telling them for years.
So far it has had a pretty good impact.
Trump has five children from three marriages.
Two of his three children with first wife, Ivana – Donald Trump Jr, 43, and Ivanka – have moved to Florida to stay close to him. Eric, 37, will remain based in New York.
His daughter with Marla Maples, Tiffany, 27, also lives in Florida.
His youngest child, Barron, lives with Trump and his third wife, Melania, in Mar-a-Lago.
“I’ve seen some really good kids go wild with drugs and alcohol, and that’s a different ball game,” Trump concluded.
Donald Trump can be seen with Ivanka, Don Jr and Eric, in a photo posted by Eric Trump in 2019
Trump with his youngest child, Barron, now 15, at his inauguration in January 2017
During the interview, Trump also criticized Facebook’s decision to scrap his interview with Lara Trump, which was filmed Tuesday.
When she posted a video clip of their interview to Facebook, she received an email saying, “ We are contacting you to let you know that we have removed content from Lara Trump’s Facebook page where President Trump is word was.
“ Consistent with the blocking we posted on Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, any further content posted in Donald Trump’s voice will be removed and will result in additional restrictions on the accounts. ”
Trump, 74, said it was shocking.
“What’s happening in this country, no one ever thought it would happen,” he said. ‘It’s total censorship.
Trump’s interview with his daughter-in-law Lara was removed by Facebook on Tuesday
“You make a statement and if they don’t like it – about the election, or medical issues, or about Hunter Biden – they go nuts.”
Trump said the lack of debate was disappointing.
“You used to make a statement, they make a statement, you fight, you choose the winner,” he said.
And he said Facebook was acting to censor free speech.
“That’s a communist country,” he said.
‘You would fight – now there is no fight. They take it away. ‘
The former president spoke with Women for Trump 2020 co-chair Loudon on Thursday
Speaking from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, Trump said political justice needed to get tougher on fighting censorship and building a united front.
“The right, or the conservatives, they don’t fight the same way,” he said.
‘The radical left is meaner and tougher.
“They don’t have Mitt Romney or little Ben Sasse or anything. They stick together. ‘
Trump complained that Facebook was not acting fairly.
He said that material harmful to Joe Biden concerning his businessman son Hunter had been removed, but that content that was useful to him, such as the interview with his daughter-in-law, was not allowed.
The former president has been banned from most social media networks since January, when they ruled his risk of inciting further violence following the January 6 Capitol uprising was too great.
He said Twitter was “very boring” without him, and was pondering a possible boycott of the site by his followers.
Trump has long been toying with the idea of launching his own social media channel.
However, he concluded that issuing his own press statements – which he does regularly – was a more ‘elegant’ way of communicating than Twitter, saying he was satisfied with it.