During a heartfelt speech declaring the opioid epidemic in this country to be a national crisis, President Trump opened up to the public, letting them in on an emotional story that left many in attendance welling up.
President Trump told those present of his older brother Fred Trump Jr., who died from alcoholism at the age of only 43, back in 1981. It was a rare, emotional moment for a president who typically maintains a tough guy persona and his known for his tell-it-how-it-is, no-nonsense style of talk. The President reminded America that he too has felt the pain of losing a loved one to an addiction, stating
“I learned myself. I had a brother Fred. Great guy. Best looking guy, best personality- much better than mine. But…he had a problem with alcohol. And he would tell me- don’t drink. Don’t drink. He was substantially older, and I listened to him, and I respected him.
But he would constantly tell me- don’t drink. He would also add- don’t smoke. But he would say it over and over and over again. And to this day I’ve never had a drink, and I’ve had no longing for it, I’ve had no interest in it- I’ve never had a cigarette.
I had somebody to guide me. And he had a very tough life. He was a strong guy, but it was a tough thing that he was going through. But I learned because of Fred- I learned.”
New Measures to Fight Opioids
Shortly after giving the speech remembering his brother, the President went on to tell of a new federally sponsored ad-campaign focused at young people. With some hope, the President believes that we can prevent future generations from following in the dangerous footsteps of the current one, and keep them from ever getting into the dangerous epidemic themselves.
“If we can teach young people- and people generally- not to start, it’s really easy not to take them. And I think that’s going to end up being our most important thing- really tough, really big, really great advertising. So we get to people before they start,” the President said.
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