Most people have never even heard of President Trump’s older brother Fred, but the president revealed the powerful impact his brother had on his life last week.
The president was announcing that America’s opioid crisis is now officially a public health emergency, which will help bring funding and public attention to the deadly epidemic. In 2015, 142 people in America died every day from drug overdoses, and 2/3 of those deaths were caused by opioids like Percocet or Oxycontin, as well as fentanyl and heroin.
This is the first time that a public health emergency has been delcared since 2009’s H1N1 outbreak. But the important announcement was overshadowed by a personal message from the president. Warning Americans about the dangers of drug use, Trump remembered his late brother Frederick Jr.
Trump, who famously doesn’t drink or smoke, said during his speech that he “learned because of Fred.” He also remembered his brother as a “great guy, best looking guy,” adding that while his personality was “much better than mine […] he had a problem.”
But the speech took many people by surprise. While President Trump’s family was in the spotlight during his presidential campaign, Fred was barely mentioned. As it turns out, the president’s brother was a very important figure in his life…