Donald Trump Jr. said he has had virtually no contact with his father since the real estate tycoon and reality star became president and ceded control of his business empire to his oldest sons.
“I basically have zero contact with him at this point,” the younger Trump said in a speech at a GOP fundraiser in Dallas, Texas, on Saturday.
In January, Donald Trump Jr. and his younger brother Eric took the reins at the family’s eponymous businesses, after their father resigned his position while maintaining his financial interest. At the time, government ethics officials said the president’s move did not go far enough to address concerns about conflicts of interest.
Trump Jr. — who played key roles in both the campaign and transition — admitted Saturday that he found it hard leaving politics behind, despite the pressures of his new business role.
“I thought I was out of politics after Election Day and [would] get back to my regular life and my family,” Trump Jr. said. “But I couldn’t.”
“Deals are still exciting,” he added. “But when you’re the sort of guy out there every day, 24-7 fighting in this thing — it’s like a great fight.”
Trump spoke at the invitation of Doug Deason, a Dallas millionaire and prominent donor to wealthy conservative activists Charles and David Koch. He also served as a trustee on Trump’s finance team.