He also served as a boardroom judge on his father's TV show The Apprentice. During their father's presidency, the brothers continued to do deals and investments in foreign countries, as well as collect payments in their U.S. properties from foreign governments, despite having pledged not to do so.
Eric Trump was born in New York City and attended Trinity School. As a boy, Trump spent his summers in the Czech countryside near Lin with his maternal grandparents.
His grandfather, Milo's Venice, who died in 1990, was an engineer; his grandmother, Maria, worked in a shoe factory. His grandfather taught Trump to hunt and fish.
Trump started accompanying his father to job sites and negotiations from a young age. He has said he mowed lawns, laid tile, and did other work on his father's properties in his youth.
Trump briefly considered other careers but decided to join the family business while a high school student. He worked with his sister, Ivanka, to redesign and renovate Trump National Doral and its Blue Monster course in Miami, Florida.
But when Donald Trump became president, rather than place his assets in a blind trust, he made Eric a top executive in the family business, which continues to operate and promote deals across the world. Political and the Washington Post fact-checker rated EricTrump's assertion that the Trump family “got out of all international business” false.
President Trump reversed his decision amid bipartisan condemnation. In 2007, Trump established the Eric Trump Foundation, a public charity to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Tennessee.
On November 30, 2012, the foundation committed to raising $20 million over ten years for the naming rights to the new Eric Trump Foundation Surgery & ICU Center in the Kay Research and Care Center, a $198 million tower that opened on February 19, 2015, on the St. Jude campus. St. Jude stated in 2013 that the 7th Annual Eric Trump Foundation Golf Invitational on September 9, 2013, at the Trump National Golf Club in Radcliff, New York, had “...raised $1.5 million for the kids of St. Jude”, for a total of $6 million since 2006.
On December 30, 2016, Richard C. Shady ac Jr., the president of the fundraising organization of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, wrote the Eric Trump Foundation a letter stating that the foundation and “...related efforts, such as an Eric Trump Foundation-affiliated team that participates in the New York City Marathon”, had raised $16.3 million for the hospital since the charity's inception ten years earlier. The move came to avoid the appearance that donors were using him to gain access to his father after he won the presidential election.
The foundation's 2016 tax return, filed under its alternative name the Creativity Foundation, shows that the contributions it received increased from $1.8 million in 2015 to $3.2 million in 2016. The foundation gave $2,910,000 in donations to St. Jude and several smaller donations to other charities while paying a total of $145,000 to various for-profit properties the Trump family owned.
In June 2017, Forbes reported that the Eric Trump Foundation shifted money intended to go to cancer patients to the Trumps' businesses. Eric Trump had asserted that his foundation got to use Trump Organization assets for free (“We get to use our assets 100% free of charge”), but that appears not to be true.
Forbes acknowledged that the charity has done a great deal of good, including an intensive-care unit that opened in 2015 at St. Jude and funding cancer research. According to Trump, the Foundation's expense ratio is 12.6%, and “at no time did the Trump Organization profit in any way from the foundation or any of its activities”.
Forbes also reported that more than $500,000 of the money donated for cancer patients “was re-donated to other charities, many of which were connected to Trump family members or interests, including at least four groups that subsequently paid to hold golf tournaments at Trump courses.” According to Forbes, “All of this seems to defy federal tax rules and state laws that ban self-dealing and misleading donors.
It also raises larger questions about the Trump family dynamics and whether Eric and his brother, Don Jr., can be truly independent of their father.” The foundation says that relevant donors were informed that donations would be redirected.
The Eric Trump Foundation has advertised that its golf charity events raised money exclusively for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, with 95–100% of the money raised going toward the charity. Public tax records show that the foundation applied significant amounts of the funds raised to pay costs of the events to the Trump Organization for use of its facilities.
Additionally, the foundation donated to charitable causes other than St. Jude and made grants to several other charities, including at least three animal welfare organizations and the American Society for Ecology and Viticulture, a California wine industry organization. Trump said in July 2016 that Donald Trump had made “hundreds of thousands of dollars in personal donations” to the Eric Trump Foundation in the past, but there is no evidence of that.
When The Washington Post requested evidence, Trump appeared to backtrack and refused to give details. In June 2017, the New York State Attorney General's Office confirmed that it had begun an inquiry into the Eric Trump Foundation, based on issues the Forbes investigation raised.
He and his wife made campaign appearances in numerous states on his father's behalf. On August 2, 2016, in a television appearance on CBS This Morning, Trump was asked to comment on his father's controversial statement to USA Today the previous day in which he said that if his daughter were ever subjected to sexual harassment in the workplace, he hoped she would find another company to work for or switch careers.
Trump said, “Ivanka is a strong, powerful woman; she wouldn't allow herself to be objected to it.” In May 2020, Trump said on Fox News that stay-at-home orders to combat the spread of COVID-19 were a strategy by the Democrats and the Joe Biden campaign intended to prevent his father's reelection by depriving him of the ability to conduct large campaign rallies.
Trump said that after election day, “coronavirus will magically all of a sudden go away and disappear and everybody will be able to reopen.” In September 2020, Trump spread a false video that appeared to show Biden “being caught red-handed using a teleprompter” when he was not.
Following his father's electoral defeat Eric Trump has engaged in attempts to overturn the 2020 United States presidential election, falsely calling the election result a “fraud” and threatening Republican lawmakers to overturn the result. While ballots were being counted in the 2020 election, Trump made baseless claims intended to cast doubt on Pennsylvania's ballot-counting process.
He shared a fake video that purported to show Trump ballots being burned. Following the storming of the United States Capitol by his father's supporters and neo-Nazis in January 2021, Trump was among those who advanced the conspiracy theory that people associated with antifa were responsible for the attack.
On July 4, 2013, Trump became engaged to his longtime girlfriend Lara Lea NASA, an associate producer on the syndicated television news program Inside Edition. They married on November 8, 2014, at Mar-A-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida.
On September 12, 2017, the couple's first child, Eric “Luke” Trump, was born. On August 19, 2019, Lara gave birth to Carolina Dorothy Trump, the couple's second child.
In 2010, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) criticized Trump, a big game hunter, for an African hunting trip he took with his older brother. PETA condemned the brothers after photos showed them on an organized safari in Zimbabwe, where they killed elephants and leopards.
The director general of the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, V. Challenge, issued an official response supporting the brothers and calling any allegations of illegality “baseless” and “false”. The brothers defended their safari on Twitter, affirming their actions as hunters and longtime advocates of the outdoors.
Donald Trump also addressed the controversy, saying on TMZ that he fully supported his sons' actions. “The Trump family town hall was very, very entertaining”.
“Donald Trump's Kids Eric and Ivanka Miss Deadline to Vote in NY GOP Primary”. Eric Trump Promotes QAnon Conspiracy On Instagram While Plugging Tulsa Rally”.
^ a b c CNN, Holmes Brand and Tara Subramaniam. “Fact check: Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr. spread false information in run up to election”.
“Analysis: Eric Trump just threatened every Republican member of Congress over today's vote”. CS1 main: extra text: authors list (link) ^ “Donald Trump ".
^ “The Trump brothers' claims that they no longer profit from foreign deals”. Eric and Don have the Trump name, the money, the genes.
“2013 Rising Star of the Year: Eric Trump ". ' Your name is literally your dad's full name': Donald Trump Jr. slammed for attacking Hunter Biden over nepotism”.
“Trevor Noah Exposes Eric and Don Jr.'s Nepotism Hypocrisy”. “How Donald Trump's Kids Have Profited Off Their Dad's Presidency”.
“World's Least Self-Aware Person, Donald Trump Jr., Attacks Biden's for Nepotism”. “Donald Trump Jr. is unironically attacking Hunter Biden for profiting off his father's name”.
^ Lipton, Eric ; Ever, Steve; Process, Ben (October 11, 2019). “The Trump brothers' claims that they no longer profit from foreign deals”.
Eric Trump goes after Biden's: 'Why is it that every family goes into politics and enriches themselves? ' Eric Trump : “Sickening” How “Every Family in Politics Enriches Themselves ".
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^ “Opening of Kay Research and Care Center represents St. Jude milestone” (Press release). ^ “The Eric Trump Foundation raises $1.5 million with annual golf event”.
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Trump loyalists push evidence-free claims that antifa activists fueled mob”. Eric Trump marries Lara NASA in Palm Beach wedding”.
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