Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump shared on Thursday the potent advice he received from his late brother â€” and how it may have saved his life.
Speaking with CNN before voters in New Hampshire, the businessman was asked by host Anderson Cooper how the loss of his brother to alcoholism affected him.
â€œIt had a great impact,â€ Trump said. â€œHe was a great guy. He was the most handsome guy. He had a great personality. He was the life of the party. His name was Fred.â€
â€œAn airline pilot?â€ Cooper asked.
â€œHe was a great pilot actually. Very talented. Other pilots used to come over to the house. They would always tell me he was the most talented. He had a great talent,â€ Trump said.
â€œBut he got hooked on alcohol. â€¦ Ultimately it was just devastating,â€ the billionaire continued. â€œThatâ€™s why I donâ€™t drink. I donâ€™t smoke cigarettes. I donâ€™t take drugs.â€
â€œMy brother Fred was a great guy. I mean, he had everything. The most handsome guy. And then he got hooked â€” and there was nothing, there was nothing we could do about it.â€ he added.
Trump said that he has seen â€œreally strong peopleâ€ who â€œcanâ€™t shake the habit.â€
â€œThe way to shake the habit is not to start. My brother used to say, and he knew he had a problem, he used to say to me, â€˜No drinking! No drugs! And no alcohol!â€™â€ Trump said.
He added, â€œI probably wouldnâ€™t be here talking to you today if I didnâ€™t have my brother Fred. Because maybe with my type of personality Iâ€™d be a serious alcoholic. I just donâ€™t know. But I never had a glass of alcohol in my life â€” only because my brother said, â€˜Donâ€™t you dare!â€™â€
â€œHe passed on to me unbelievable information.â€