The Scandalous Reason Donald Trump Wrote His Brother’s Family Out of Their Dad’s Will
Donald Trump is no stranger to strained relationships. Although he’s portrayed as being a family man, he’s had major difficulty with some of his relatives. As a result, he was willing to risk the well-being of one of his youngest family members. Differences among his relatives turned into a very ugly battle.
Here’s the scandalous reason Donald Trump wrote his brother’s family out of their dad’s will — and the impact it had on the family.
Donald Trump’s brother had a dark past
Donald Trump’s brother, Frederick Christ “Fred” Trump Jr., was an alcoholic. As a result of Fred Jr.’s drinking habit, he died an early death at age 42 in 1981. Trump spoke about his brother’s struggle with addiction during a 2017 speech about the U.S. opioid crisis. In his speech, Trump said Fred Jr. had a very tough life because of his alcohol dependence.
Next: Fred Jr. disappointed his father.
Fred Jr. didn’t live up to his father’s expectations
According to The New York Daily News, Fred Jr. was not what his father expected. Much to Fred Sr.’s his disappointment, Fred Jr. did not follow in his father’s footsteps. He didn’t have the same business acumen his father possessed, according to the publication. Instead, he chose to become a pilot.
Fred Jr. was also not favored by his father because he had a bad smoking and drinking habit, which Fred Sr. found off-putting. Fred Jr. later got married and had two children, named Fred III and Mary. He eventually divorced.
Next: Donald had a hard time with this.
Fred Jr.’s death took a toll on Donald
Trump says he doesn’t drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes. He said during his speech on the opioid crisis that he refrains from these behaviors because of his brother’s tragic death from alcoholism. Instead, Trump drinks soda. He drinks 12 cans of Diet Coke a day, according to a New York Times report. Trump told People magazine his brother’s death had a “tremendous impact” on him.
He was a great guy, a handsome person. He was the life of the party. He was a fantastic guy, but he got stuck on alcohol. And it had a profound impact, and ultimately [he] became an alcoholic and died of alcoholism. He would tell me, “Don’t drink ever.” He understood the problem that he had and that it was a very hard problem.
Next: This argument didn’t end well.
An ugly fight put a young family member at risk
Family arguments happen. However, it’s not every day these arguments leave a family member in a potentially life-threatening situation. Sadly, this is what happened to one of Donald Trump’s youngest relatives.
In 2000, Trump was involved a heated disagreement about the details of his father’s will. That argument resulted in him ending benefits from the family health plan that were providing medical care for his nephew’s son, William. The only thing is, his nephew’s son happened to be seriously ill, reports The New York Times.
Next: This is why he cut off health benefits for a sick baby.
Why he did it
Apparently, the Trumps don’t like to be challenged. New York Daily News reporter Heidi Evans reported Trump and his siblings, Robert and Maryanne, ended their nephew’s family medical coverage after he challenged their father’s will (Fred Trump Sr.). Evan writes:
Even when it comes to a sick baby in his family, Donald Trump is all business. The megabuilder and his siblings Robert and Maryanne terminated their nephew’s family medical coverage a week after he challenged the will of their father, Fred Trump. “This was so shocking, so disappointing and so vindictive,” said niece Lisa Trump, whose son, William, was born 18 months ago at Mount Sinai Medical Center with a rare neurological disorder that produces violent seizures, brain damage and medical bills topping $300,000.
Next: She was heartbroken.
Lisa Trump, William’s mother, told Evans she burst into tears upon learning about the decision. Lisa and her husband, Fred Trump III, filed a lawsuit. Consequently, a judge ruled the medical coverage had to continue until the disagreement could be settled. Fred III told the Daily News he had to become tough to be part of the Trump family. He said:
You have to be tough in this family. I guess I have what my father didn’t have. I will stick to my guns. I just think it was wrong. These are not warm and fuzzy people. They never even came to see William in the hospital. Our family puts the ‘fun’ in dysfunctional.
Next: Donald’s puzzling response.
Donald Trump’s shocking response
Donald Trump responded to the situation in a manner so callous, it’s surprising. Said Trump in the Daily News article: “When [Fred 3rd] sued us, we said, ‘Why should we give him medical coverage?’”
Trump was questioned about his response and whether he thought he was being coldhearted, considering the baby’s ailments. He had this to say: “I can’t help that. It’s cold when someone sues my father. Had [the baby’s father] come to see me, things could very possibly have been much different for them.”
Next: Sorry — not sorry
To this day, Donald Trump remains unapologetic for what happened with William Trump. During the time he sought the Republican presidential nomination, Trump was questioned about his decision to withdraw William’s medical coverage. According to the book The Making of Donald Trump, Donald Trump maintains he did nothing wrong.
Next: Some of Trump’s most horrifying comments ever have been about his own children
When Trump jokingly implied that sex was something he and Ivanka enjoyed
Many of Trump’s disturbing comments have been towards his eldest daughter, Ivanka (his favorite child). When appearing on The Wendy Williams Show with Ivanka once, host Wendy Williams asked what their favorite father/daughter pastimes were.
The president replied, “I was going to say sex, but I can relate to [golf and real estate].”
Next: The second daughter doesn’t get the glowing statements like Ivanka does.
While Trump has been singing Ivanka’s praises, his second daughter, 24-year-old Tiffany, doesn’t get the same the glowing statements. Instead, Trump once said during a Fox & Friends interview,
“I’m very proud of my children. I mean, I’m just looking at them right now, as an example for your show. But I’m very proud because Don and Eric and Ivanka and — you know, to a lesser extent ’cause she just got out of school, out of college — but, uh, Tiffany, who has also been so terrific. They work so hard.”
Next: Did Trump reveal too much about who he would date?
When Trump said that he would date Ivanka if he wasn’t her father
Most fathers would not want to discuss their daughter’s nude photoshoots, whether hypothetical or otherwise. However, Trump is apparently not most fathers.
Once during an interview on The View, Trump made everyone uncomfortable when he said,
Ivanka posing for Playboy would be really disappointing … not really. But it would depend on what was inside the magazine. … I don’t think Ivanka would [do a nude shoot] inside the magazine, although she does have a very nice figure. I’ve said that if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.
Next: She’s got the best body, according to Trump.
Most women feel as though they can relax around their fathers, and they won’t have to face the same objectification they must deal with in the world. However, that isn’t the case with Trump and Ivanka.
On The Howard Stern show back in 2003, Trump said, “You know who’s one of the great beauties of the world, according to everybody? And I helped create her. Ivanka. My daughter, Ivanka. She’s 6 feet tall; she’s got the best body.”
Next: Trump grants permission for a cruel comment.
A piece of a**
STERN: Ivanka looks more voluptuous. breast implants?
TRUMP: She's always been very voluptuous
STERN: Can I say, a piece of ass?
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) October 8, 2016
Though Trump’s vile 2004 comments from The Howard Stern Show made the rounds during the election, they didn’t cost him the presidency. During the interview, Stern said, “By the way, your daughter … Can I say this? A piece of a**” Trump replied, “Yeah.”
Next: Strange praises that go too far
In a Rolling Stone interview from 2015, journalist Paul Solotaroff interviewed Trump and his children.
After meeting Ivanka, he sang her praises to Trump who quickly quipped, “Yeah, she’s really something, and what a beauty, that one. If I weren’t happily married and, ya know, her father …”
Next: Trump kisses Ivanka every chance he gets.
In 2016, while on The Dr. Oz Show, Trump declared how much he loved kissing Ivanka. After Dr. Oz commented on how lovely it was to see a father kiss his daughter, Trump commented that he kissed Ivanka, “with every chance [he] gets.”
Producers edited the comment out of the final show.
Next: This creepy comment also didn’t make the cut.
Perversions and delusions
Apparently, Trump’s fascination with Ivanka started well before she was an adult. Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen reported that when Ivanka was just 13 years old, her father asked, “Is it wrong to be more sexually attracted to your own daughter than your wife?”
The Post reportedly removed the quote from the column before it was published.
Additional reporting by Aramide Tinubu.
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