The youngest child of the president and his first wife Ivana, Eric currently serves as an executive vice president and trustee at the Trump Organization with his older brother Don Jr. Here's what else you should know about him:
He and his wife Lara just welcomed their second child, Carolina Dorothy.
"Family of FOUR!" Trump wrote on Instagram, along with a new family portrait with her baby girl. Carolina is Eric and Lara's second child. Their son, Eric "Luke" Trump was born in September of 2017.
The newborn is also the president's tenth grandchild; Eric's sister Ivanka Trump has three children with her husband Jared Kushner: Arabella, Joseph, and Theodore, and his brother Donald Trump Jr. has five with his ex-wife Vanessa: Donald Trump III, Spencer, Tristan, Kai, and Chloe.
"I knew I always wanted kids someday," Lara Trump told People in March of 2017..
Eric, too, has previously hinted at wanting to start a family. Back before the 2016 election, he said, "Maybe when this crazy political race is over, we'll start working on the kid thing."
Like his older brother, Eric was married at Mar-a-Lago.
In 2014, Eric married television producer Lara Yunaska at his father's family estate in Palm Beach, Florida. Notably, Yunaska broke her wrists in a horse-riding accident two weeks before her nuptials and wore fancy bridal casts on both wrists.
His secret service code name is "Marksman."
A 20/20 special before the inauguration revealed that Eric's secret service alias would be "marksman," an apt name considering his affinity for hunting exotic game. It’s an interest that drew criticism from groups like PETA in 2012, after photos surfaced of Eric and Don Jr. on a hunting trip. They posed with carcasses of animals like leopards, crocodiles, and elephants.
He has homes in Manhattan and Westchester.
Eric and Lara reportedly split their time between New York and nearby Westchester. Eric paid $2,036,500 for a three-bedroom apartment at Trump Parc East in 2007. He listed a third-floor apartment in the same building as his address on closing documents.
Eric is the tallest Trump.
Eric Trump is 6'5". His father is 6'2", Donald Jr. is 6'1", and Ivanka is 5'11". Barron Trump is also quite tall.
He broke family tradition.
Instead of attending the University of Pennsylvania like his father, brother, and sister before him, Eric attended Georgetown in Washington D.C.
He's winning at wine.
Since launching Trump Winery in Virginia in 2011, Eric has been racking up accolades including the 2013 Rising Star of the Year award from Wine Enthusiast. Of course, in the Trump family you're not really doing something unless you're winning at it, or are at least able to use the word winning in a sentence about it. "I am thrilled by our tremendous success and the fact that we are not only competing, but winning against the finest wines produced anywhere in the world," he told Wine Enthusiast.
He took an active role in his father's political campaign.
Eric spoke at the Republican National Convention, alongside his stepmother and two sisters. His speech talked up his father's salesmanship, and the need for a leader who "understands the art of a deal, and the value of a dollar."
He's been candid about his relationship with his father.
When Donald Trump became president, he ceded control of the Trump organization to his oldest sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, and said they would make decisions about the business so as to avoid conflicts of interest. But based on an interview with Forbes, it's not clear exactly how that separation is being maintained. “My father and I are very close,” Eric told Forbes in late March. “I talk to him a lot. We’re pretty inseparable.”
The younger son of Trump's first wife Ivana told Forbes that he does not discuss corporate matters with his father—“I do not talk about the government with him, and he does not talk about the business with us. That’s kind of a steadfast pact we made, and it’s something that we honor”—but he does share "profitability reports and stuff like that."
Eric ran his own foundation.
He ran the Eric Trump Foundation, a charity that raised money for cancer patients at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, from 2006 to 2016. He chose to suspend operations in December of last year amid speculation about whether or not donors would get special access to the President.
Back in 2017, an investigative report surfaced on Forbes.com suggesting that his charity was used to divert a significant amount of money into revenue for the Trump Organization.
Since the organization's inception, the Eric Trump Foundation has raised more than $11 million for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, including $2.9 million last year, with most of the funds coming from an annual golf tournament hosted at Trump National Golf Club in Westchester County.
While no one has disputed that Trump raised significant funds for the children's cancer charity, Forbes is now reporting that $1.2 million in funds from the foundation had "no documented recipients past the Trump Organization," despite Eric Trump's public claims that they used the golf facility free of charge.
Not only has the organization paid to use the Trump-owned golf course for its annual charity tournament, but the reported expenses for the event, "defy any reasonable cost justification for a one-day golf tournament," according to experts that reporter Dan Alexander spoke with about the matter.
The article also suggests that the Donald J. Trump foundation, which takes outside donations, "used the Eric Trump Foundation to funnel $100,000 in donations into revenue for the Trump Organization."
To make matters more complicated, in 2011, the board of the charity turned over almost entirely, and personal friends of Eric Trump were replaced by people with explicit ties to the Trump Organization, including Michael Cohen and Dan Scavino, Jr. Following the changeover, the Eric Trump Foundation began to donate to charities other than St. Jude.
According to Forbes, "while donors to the Eric Trump Foundation were told their money was going to help sick kids, more than $500,000 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.
Per Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold's Twitter account, Eric Trump responded to the Forbes accusations through a spokesperson. "Contrary to recent reports, at no time did the Trump Organization profit in any way from the foundation or any of its activities," reads the statement.
"While people can disagree on political issues, to infer malicious intent on a charity that has changed so many lives, is not only shameful but truly disgusting. At the end of the day the only people who lose are the children of St. Jude and other incredibly worthy causes."
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