Fred ‘Freddy’ Trump, Jr. : 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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One little known story and tragedy in Donald Trump’s family history involves his older brother, Fred “Freddy” Trump (second from left above, next to Donald Trump, who is on the far left).

Donald Trump has said of Freddy: “He just had everything,” Newsweek said. Trump called him the “best guy,” said the news magazine. Freddy Trump was also an alcoholic who died young.

The New York Times called Freddy Trump “a handsome, gregarious and self-destructive figure who died as an alcoholic in 1981 at the age of 43.”

Donald Trump was the second oldest son in the family, after Freddy, said The Times. Trump has three other siblings – Robert, Elizabeth, and Maryann.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. Donald Trump Does Not Drink Alcohol Because of His Brother, Freddy

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Trump told Newsweek that Freddy advised him not to drink.

“He would tell me, ‘Don’t ever drink. Don’t ever drink,’” Donald Trump told Newsweek. Trump told People Magazine that he now imparts the same advice to all of his children.

As a result of Freddy’s alcoholism, Donald Trump abstains from alcohol. Trump also avoids drugs and cigarettes, says People Magazine.

Donald Trump told Christian Broadcasting Network in an interview that Freddy “had everything going, but when he went to college for some reason he started drinking. That was before the drug age and before the other things…but he drank and he drank a lot and he started drinking more and more and he ultimately died of alcoholism.” As a result, Trump told CBN, “I never drank.” He called it a “defining moment.”


2. Freddy Trump Was an Airline Pilot & Married a Flight Attendant

The New York Times called Freddy Trump a “a fun-loving airline pilot with a gift for imitating W. C. Fields.”

Freddy Trump also had a love for deep-sea fishing. In interviews about his brother, Trump brings up Freddy’s love for flying again and again. Freddy was a “free spirit,” says The New Yorker.

Freddy married and then divorced an airline flight attendant, and he was Trump’s best man at his wedding to his first wife, Ivana, UK Daily Mail says. Freddy had two children, Fred and Mary, who were named for his and Donald’s parents, Daily Mail says.


3. Freddy Trump Was Originally the ‘Heir Apparent’ to the Trump Fortune

Donald Trump with his father after his graduation from Wharton School of Finance. (Facebook)

Donald Trump with his father after his graduation from Wharton School of Finance. (Facebook)

As the older brother, Freddy Trump was the one in line to inherit the family empire, said The New York Times.

“He was the life of the party,” Trump said of Freddy, according to People Magazine. “He was a fantastic guy, but he got stuck on alcohol.”

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Trump has described himself as his brother’s opposite, The Hill says, and he has described Freddy Trump as a “peacemaker.” As Freddy gravitated to flying, Trump followed in his father’s real estate footsteps.


4. Donald Trump & All of His Siblings Were Groomed to Be High Achievers By Their Demanding Father

Fred Trump, Donald Trump's father

Fred Trump, the father of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, in an undated photo. (Wikipedia Commons)

Key to the story of Donald Trump and his brother: Their hard-charging father, Frederick Trump, who built a real estate empire, Yahoo says.

Freddy didn’t have the drive of Donald, who was eight years younger, and he felt that he couldn’t match up to his father’s perfectionism, said Yahoo.

Yahoo says that Fred Sr.’s criticism “motivated” Donald but helped drive Freddy to drink.


5. Freddy’s Heirs Battled With Donald Trump Over Fred Sr.’s Will

Donald Trump with his father, Fred.

Donald Trump with his father, Fred.

Yahoo says Fred’s heirs were cut out of Donald’s father’s will, and Donald helped craft it, causing acrimony. Fred Sr. left $20 million when he died in 1991, but his will specifically excluded Freddy’s children, said The Hill.

Freddy Trump’s children sued, arguing that Trump and his siblings were responsible for excluding them from the will and arguing that Fred Sr. had dementia and didn’t know what he was doing, the Hill said.

Trump has said the suit was settled “amicably” but not before he withheld medical care from his brother’s sick child, according to The Daily Mail. According to The New Yorker, Trump “cut off benefits from the family health plan that were paying for the medical care of his nephew’s seriously ill young son.”

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Darrell Smith

Trump is truly good with his own family .he took care of his own brother’s family a man who does his own blood like this is great for the country. Trump is all about himself

Anonymous

Trump “cut off benefits from the family health plan that were paying for the medical care of his nephew’s seriously ill young son.”

Cecelia Romero Tkach

Sometimes a person in charge has to make the tough decisions in order to keep the family moving forward. People who have never been in this position don’t understand this concept, but many people who are in charge of large estates and money make many decisions we don’t understand.

Anonymous

Not sure how it’s hard to understand, he said himself he did it out of spite.

Taylor Rose

Darrell Smith…Do you know how to read ???? he didn’t take care of his “own brother’s family” HE SCREWED THEM OUT OF THEIR INHERITANCE !!! HE CUT OFF HEALTH BENEFITS FROM HIS OWN BROTHERS SON’S CHILD (his nephew’s child), and for what….so he could keep more of the money his father left when he died. If he would do that to his OWN FAMILY…HE WOULD DO IT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE !!!! AND NOT BAT AN EYE !!!!!!

Vincent J. abramo

Jessica: I worked in tandem every day with Freddy Jr. the months of June July and August in the years 1957,58,59. It was on a Fred C. Trump / William Tomasello Housing project known a Southridge Co-Op apartments at 98 St. Northern Blvd. in Jackson Heights / Corona Queens that we worked. We were a team learning the business doing all sorts of tasks. I am a Tomasello. My mother was Rose B. Tomasello, William’s sister. I was also being groomed for the business. however I have a great deal of negative memory about those summers on the job working for Fred C. Trump. All I can tell you is that Freddy Jr. who was at Lehigh University during that time did not have an alcohol problem. I NEVER smelled alcohol on his breath nor saw him drink during the time we were at work. The abuse he took from “dad” was a shame. Fred C. Trump always had something negative to say about everthing Freddy did. Freddy was smart, polite,confident, resourceful, organized, dedicated to the work, and respectful… as well as very respected by the tradespersons at the site. Freddy was a talent that I looked up to during those summmer months when I was in high school. Freddy would have made a good business person if dad would just have been less critical more loving and generous with praise.

Vincent James Abramo
Arlington Va.
vincentvja@gmail.com
vincentjamesabramo.com

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