Selfies, handshakes, and autographs were the order of the day as President Trump interacted with children for the annual “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day,” which was held on the White House South lawn on April 24, 2019.
Referring to the occasion, Trump said, “It’s a very special day, officially called take our daughters and our sons to work day, right? That’s the politically correct term, and we always have to be politically correct, right?”
As Trump thanked the children for coming, he spoke words of encouragement and reminded them to work hard at school, become upstanding citizens, and steer away from drugs and alcohol.
“Never take drugs, don’t drink alcohol, don’t smoke. Enjoy your life. OK?” he said.
These words came from the heart as Trump reminisced on his reasons for never having smoked, experimented with drugs, nor drank alcohol.
There is a special reason why he has never touched alcohol, and it relates to his older brother Freddie, who died from alcoholism in 1981 aged 43, according to Town and Country mag.
While speaking about the drug and opioid crisis at a White House event in 2017, Trump gave an emotional speech about his brother: “I had a brother, Fred. Great guy, best-looking guy, best personality—much better than mine,”
“But he had a problem. He had a problem with alcohol, and he would tell me, ‘Don’t drink. Don’t drink.’”
He hoped his brother’s fight with addiction and early death could serve as a lesson to the younger generation.
“But I learned because of Fred … And that’s what I think is so important. This was an idea that I had, where if we can teach young people not to take drugs, just not to take them … not to start, it’s really, really easy not to take them. And I think that’s going to end up being our most important thing.”
At the “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” event, Trump also joked with the children about the image the press sometimes portray him as, “Sometimes I wish they could make me look a little bit better,” the president said laughingly. “Sometimes I think they do it on purpose actually. Always my chin is pulled in, I look terrible, but that’s OK.”
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders earlier held a briefing with children of the press corps, and tweeted a video of them together with children of White House staff.
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) April 25, 2019
President Trump declared a national emergency for the country’s opioid crisis in 2017.
At the Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit held in Atlanta on April 24, Trump emphasized his administration’s efforts to initiate faith-based initiatives to fight the opioid crisis.
“My administration is committed to ensuring that every citizen can live with dignity and purpose and proudly pursue the American dream,” Trump said. “Critical to this effort is my administration’s strong support for faith-based initiatives.”
“America is a nation that believes in the power of prayer and the strength of fellowship. We believe in the grace of God and we’re proud of it.”
Trump also emphasized prevention, saying “one of the most important steps to ending the opioid crisis is to prevent young people from ever using drugs in the first place.”
Epoch Times reporter Petr Svab contributed to this report.
"No drugs, no alcohol, no smoke."Pres. Trump told kids attending "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day" at The White House to avoid doing drugs, drinking alcohol and smoking. "It causes a lot of problems." https://abcn.ws/2Zwhvw1
Posted by ABC News on Thursday, April 25, 2019