Former President Donald Trump has said he does not want his children to serve in his administration again, should he win a second term in the White House.
During an unusually tough Fox News interview with host Bret Baier on Monday night, Trump admitted his family’s toll since his first term has been too heavy.
“I said, that’s enough for the family. You know why? It’s too painful for the family. My family has been through hell,” he said.
“I mean, they have – Eric, my son, who is a good boy. You know him very well. He’s a handsome young man, a good student, good at everything, come in. We are doing wonderfully. Then I decide to run for president. I mean, I don’t think anyone in the world in history has ever received more subpoenas,” Trump said.
“Nobody went through what my family went through. Ivanka had a really successful clothing line, I mean, that made a fortune. When I did that, she was really — she shut it down. She in somehow felt she had to, but she shut it down,’ Trump said.
Former President Donald Trump has said his children will no longer serve in his administration if he manages to win a second term in the White House
Trump acknowledged the toll public service has taken on his family, saying, “That’s enough for the family.” It’s too painful. My family has been through hell. From left, Eric Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump seen in a photo from July 2014
Ivanka Trump, 41, shut down her clothing brand in July 2018 while working as a White House adviser in her father’s administration.
During his presidency, Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, both served as senior advisers, which drew criticism for their involvement in government, given their relative inexperience at the time of their appointment.
Two of the Trump children — Ivanka and Donald Jr. — also testified and gave briefings by the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot. Trump went wild over the testimony.
While some members of Trump’s family have been present at recent campaign events for a possible second term, others have been noticeably absent.
Ivanka Trump previously said in November 2022 that she was done with politics and would not be part of her father’s 2024 campaign.
‘I love my father very much. This time around, I choose to prioritize my young children and the privacy we create as a family. I have no intention of getting involved in politics,’ the former first daughter said in a statement posted on Instagram.
During an unusually tough Fox News interview with host Bret Baier on Monday night, Trump admitted that the toll of public service on his family has been too heavy.
Ivanka Trump previously said in November 2022 that she was done with politics and would not be part of her father’s 2024 campaign
“Although I will always love and support my father, in the future I will do so outside of the political arena,” she added. “I am grateful to have had the honor to serve the American people and will always be proud of the many accomplishments of our administration.”
Melania Trump, Trump’s third wife, has also rarely been seen at his events since launching his campaign.
Eldest son, Donald Trump Jr. remains a vocal ally of his father in the conservative media and continues to host his own podcast.
His younger brother, Eric Trump, joined his father at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, for his first speech after the federal indictment.
Ivanka, Eric and Donald Jr. face legal risks in the Trump family business in a civil suit filed by the New York Attorney General.
Ivanka Trump, 41, shut down her clothing brand in July 2018 while working as a White House adviser. Ivanka Trump and her son Theodore seen in November 2022
Melania Trump, Trump’s wife, has also rarely been seen at his events since launching his campaign
Lara Trump, left, greets her husband Eric, right, followed by Barron Trump, back left, and Jared Kushner, back right, last November when her father announced his election campaign.
During Monday night’s interview, Baier referred to a statement Trump made in 2016 in which he said he would surround himself with the “best and most serious individuals.”
Baier then released a list of several former administration officials who are now running against or critical of Trump, including Bill Barr, who as attorney general has refused to look into his voter fraud allegations.
Trump defended his hiring methodology, saying that for every public servant who spoke out against him, there were ten who supported him.
“Why did you hire them all? asked Bayer.
“Because I hired 10 to 1 which was fantastic,” Trump said. “For every person you say, I have 10 who love us,” he insisted.
Trump also reiterated his belief that he had the right to keep classified documents at Mar-a-Lago, explaining how he did not turn them over because he wanted to retrieve his belongings from the boxes they were stored in.
The interview was the first time Trump has given a one-on-one since appearing in federal court in Miami last week, where he pleaded not guilty to federal criminal charges related to classified documents found in his estate of Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach. , Florida.
Trump was formally presented with 37 federal charges following an FBI search of his Florida mansion last August.
The Justice Department has accused Trump of violating the Espionage Act and other laws when he deleted classified documents upon leaving office and did not turn them over to the National Archives.
Trump said he had been too “busy” to sort through the documents.
Fox News, which had largely backed Trump throughout his presidency, in April agreed to a $787.5 million settlement in a lawsuit brought by voting technology firm Dominion, which accused the giant information to promote Trump’s voter fraud allegations while knowing that they were false.