Trump Has Some Thoughts on Hunter Biden

Former president tells Fox that drug addiction is 'a very tough thing' for families to contend with
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 14, 2024 11:03 AM CDT
Trump on Hunter Biden: Addiction 'a Very Tough Thing'
Donald Trump speaks with reporters at the National Republican Senatorial Committee on Thursday in Washington.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Donald Trump weighed in on Hunter Biden on Thursday in the wake of the latter's conviction this week on felony gun charges—appearing to be sympathetic to President Biden's son and his struggles with drug addiction. "I understand it pretty well, because I've had it with people who have it in their family," Trump told Fox News during a conversation about addiction, calling it "a very tough thing," per the Hill. He continued: "It's a very tough situation for a father, it's a very tough situation for a brother or sister ... and it's not stopping, whether it's alcohol or drugs or whatever it may be. ... It's a tough moment for any family involved in that."

Trump has talked in the past about his older brother Fred Trump's battle with alcoholism, which took his life in 1981 at the age of 42, and how he fears he could have the same gene that would make him vulnerable to addiction. "Let's say I started drinking—it's very possible I wouldn't be talking to you right now," Trump, who doesn't drink, told the Washington Post in 2019. "There is something about the genetic effect." (More Donald Trump stories.)

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