On Thursday, President Donald Trump gave an emotional speech about the tragic opioid crisis the U.S. is facing. After First Lady Melania Trump spoke, the president got behind the podium and said that “as Americans, we cannot allow this to continue.”
“It is time to liberate our communities from this scourge of drug addiction. … We can be the generation that ends the opioid epidemic. We can do it,” Trump stated.
But then, Trump touched on something he generally avoids: his brother, Fred.
“I had a brother, Fred, great guy. … The best personality. Much better than mine. But he had a problem. He had a problem with alcohol. And he would tell me, ‘Don’t drink. Don’t drink.’ He wasn’t substantially older, and I listened to 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 have no longing for it. I have no interest in it to this day. I have never had a cigarette.”
Then, moments later, he explained the importance of teaching young kids to avoid drugs:
“The fact is if we can teach young people and people generally not to start, it’s really, really easy not to take them up. And I think that is going to end up being our most important thing. Really tough, really big, really great advertising. So we get to people before they start so they don’t have to go through the problems of what people are going through.”