Supporting one’s family is an admirable trait, but one of Donald Trump’s children has taken this slightly too far.
Speaking in an interview with Fox News that would cause Freud to have a field day, Eric Trump defended his father’s record on immigration and the coronavirus pandemic, and criticised Joe Biden for going home to Delaware this weekend.
On Biden’s absence from the White House, he said: “It’s heartbreaking to us. I saw how much time and effort my father put into the job.”
While reacting to Biden’s lack of desire to patrol the US-Mexico border, he said: “Do you know how many times my father went down to the border?
“I just don’t understand it, my father had fixed this problem, illegal immigration was not a problem anymore.
“As a family member who saw how hard my father worked on that problem it’s heartbreaking to me.”
Eric Trump is the Executive Vice President of the Trump Organization, and manages his father’s real estate empire. His comments come despite the fact that Donald Trump went on golf outings 19 times in the first 100 days of his presidency and sources claiming he often came in late to the White House and spent a lot of time watching Fox News upon arrival.
But cheerleading further, Eric Trump claimed his father was responsible for suppressing the coronavirus outbreak in the US, a country which has had over 30 million cases and 549,000 deaths from the illness.
He said: “There is no one that knows my father as well as I do. I heard him late at night, I can’t tell you how many times we were together and he’s literally calling up all the people who will ultimately push [the vaccine] through.”
Trump, of course, spent the first weeks of the pandemic claiming coronavirus was no worse than the flu and expressed reluctance in implementing a lockdown, for fears the “cure” could be worse than coronavirus.
But his son said: “My father got it done in ten and a half months and he gets no credit. At what point does the administration come out and say ‘you know he did a really good job delivering us the vaccine and now we’re going spend the next 6 months distributing it to everybody else’?
“Why does that need to be controversial? Why can somebody not admit that somebody did a phenomenal job? My father did a phenomenal job with the vaccine and it probably saved millions and millions of lives in this country.”
Not everyone agreed with Trump’s assessment and mocked his interview:
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