Trump says his family ‘tolerates’ his running and he’s not worried about toll election takes on them

During an interview with Dr. Phil, Donald Trump talked about his wife, Melania, and his son, Barron, dealing with the constant headlines

Josh Marcus
San Francisco
Friday 07 June 2024 03:13
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Donald Trump told Dr Phil about the toll the 2024 election is having on his family as the two spoke on a number of issues during a wild interview.

When asked how his wife Melania is holding up, Trump said she was “good” and remains supportive of his presidential campaign. However, he admitted, it was not easy for her to see “fake” reports.

“I don’t think it’s an easy thing for her,” he said. “And I think if it wasn’t good, she wouldn’t want to tell me about it to be honest with you. Because, you know, she sees that I’m fighting like hell, I’m trying to become president and make America great again.”

Donald Trump returns to the White House with First Lady Melania Trump and their son Baron after a weekend in Bedminster on August 16, 2020. Trumps discussed the toll the 2024 election is taking on his family during an interview with Dr. Phil.
Donald Trump returns to the White House with First Lady Melania Trump and their son Baron after a weekend in Bedminster on August 16, 2020. Trumps discussed the toll the 2024 election is taking on his family during an interview with Dr. Phil. (AFP via Getty Images)

Trump offered a similar assessment of how his youngest son Barron was handling the difficulties of his father being in the spotlight - especially after turning 18 years old.

“I think he doesn’t say because he doesn’t want to hurt me and thinks it’s a possibly a hurtful conversation, but it has to affect my family,” Trump said.

Ultimately, though, the former president believes his family “tolerate” his 2024 campaign out of patriotism and their faith in Donald Trump.

“I think to a certain extent, my family wants me to do it. Our country’s in trouble. We could be in a world war very soon,” Trump told the host, adding, “My family loves this country and I think they feel I do a good job.”

Donald Trump and Dr. Phil discuss several topics including the election and his family during an interview on June 6.
Donald Trump and Dr. Phil discuss several topics including the election and his family during an interview on June 6. (Dr. Phil Merit Street )

Trump’s proclamation comes as several members of his immediate family—including Barron, his daughter Ivanka, and Melania—did not attend the hush money trial, where Trump was convicted of falsifying business records as part of a 2016 campaign scheme to pay hush money to women claiming they had affairs with him.

The absences reportedly “definitely” bothered the former president.

In private, Melania reportedly considered the trial a “disgrace” and election interference, a source close to the Trump family told The New York Times.

However, Donald Jr. and Eric were frequent attendees at the trial and spoke out against the “witch hunt.” Tiffany Trump also made a rare appearance to support her father during the trial.

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