President Trump’s eldest son, Donald Jr., said on Saturday that he has had virtually no communication with his father since he had taken the oath of office.
“I basically have zero contact with him at this point,” he said in a speech, ironically, at a Republican Party fundraiser in Dallas, according to NBC News.
Trump Jr. admitted that it was hard for him to leave politics, and re-assume his normal daily life. “I thought I was out of politics after Election Day and [would] get back to my regular life and my family. But I couldn’t.” he said.
“But I couldn’t,” he said, adding “deals are exciting, but when you’re the sort of guy out there every day, 24/7 fighting in this thing — it’s like a great fight,” he added.
He and his younger brother took over the reins at the family business from their father in January, at which point then President-elect Donald Trump resigned his post as chief of Trump Organization, while keeping his ownership of the multi-billion dollar business.
Trump’s attempt at shielding himself from his business conflicts of interest has been roundly criticized as not nearly enough, with the director main government watchdog on the issue, the Office of Government Ethics, calling it “wholly inadequate” and “meaningless.” Speaking immediately after announcement of the arrangement, OGE Director Walter Shaub said “The plan the President-elect has announced doesn’t meet the standards that the best of his nominees are meeting and that every president in the last four decades has met.”
“Stepping back from running his business is meaningless from a conflict of interest perspective,” he added.
In his speech on Saturday, which took place at the annual Reagan Day dinner, Trump Jr. showered his father with praise for the job that he has done in his young presidency. “I’m watching more take place in two months than I saw in two terms before,” he said.