Life With President Trump As a Dad Means: ‘No Alcohol, No Cigarettes, No Drugs’

May 5, 2019 Updated: May 5, 2019

President  Donald Trump is a family man. First Lady Melania Trump, their 13-year-old son Barron, and Trump’s four children from previous marriages have supported him through years of fervent political campaigning, his ascension to the White House, and his current responsibility-heavy role as President of the United States. Arguably, he wouldn’t be the man he is without them.

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The support that Trump’s family give to him now is testament to the rules of conduct that Trump instilled in his children as youngsters. Anecdotal evidence from his offspring over the years suggests that Trump was a caring and assertive father, and had strict behavioral standards for his little ones in their early years.

Trump seems to have been an active father when his children were young. He accompanied them to sporting events: old family photos show Trump and son Eric at the U.S. Open; others show Trump and daughter Ivanka at a baseball game. Ivanka, now 36, has been particularly vocal over the years about her affection and appreciation for her father. “Every morning before school, we’d go downstairs and give him a hug and a kiss,” she said in a 2004 interview with New York magazine.

Daughter Tiffany is equally loving, once posting “I’m so grateful to have such an intelligent, hard working, and hilarious person like you in my life!” besides a sweet, throwback photo of herself and her father on her Instagram account.

Remembering her childhood, the Trump children were “bred to be competitive,” Ivanka continued. “Dad encourages it! I remember skiing with him and we were racing. I was ahead, and he reached his ski pole out and pulled me back.”

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It seems that President Trump’s efforts to instil strong characteristics in his children extended to their moral behavior, too. The proud parent was unwilling to accept deviant behavior, and strictly warned his children away from the perils of intoxicants.

During a 2016 CNN town hall meeting, a member of the public asked Trump how he had protected his young children from the temptations of substance abuse. Allegedly, the president used to address his children every single morning before they left for school, telling them not to take drugs, drink alcohol, or smoke cigarettes.

Trump recalled the mantra that kept his children safe: “When my children were growing up, even when they didn’t know what drinking was, I’d say ‘no alcohol, no cigarettes, no drugs,’” he recalled. His memory was quickly substantiated by son Eric and daughter Ivanka, who agreed that their father did indeed offer them this stern wisdom “every day of our life” and “every morning before school.”

President Trump witnessed his older brother Freddy battle with alcoholism until his tragically premature death in 1981, and has sworn since that he will never touch a drop himself. “My brother was just so instrumental in probably shaping my life just because I don’t know what the outcome would have been,” Trump shared, proving that protecting his children from the devastating effects of substance abuse is a value that runs deep.

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The president’s eldest son, Donald Jr., is a successful businessman. Daughter Ivanka is also a successful businesswoman and fashion designer. Son Eric is a trustee of the Trump Organization and a notable philanthropist. Daughter Tiffany is a model and law student, and youngest son Barron attends the highly regarded St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland.

So, did Trump’s early parenting tactic work? It seems that the proof is in the pudding!

It’s natural to wonder whether President Trump’s protective nature will extend to the newest members of the Trump family, too. As the family often shares numerous photos of the president with his nine grandchildren on social media, it would seem so. Captioning one adorable photo on Twitter, the president himself wrote: “I don’t know, but to me that’s the look of pride all grandparents should have looking at their grandkids.”

Family comes first. And father knows best!

Donald Trump's anti-drug pledge.

Donald J. Trump makes supporters take an anti-drug, and kind-of-anti-alcohol, pledge.

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