Eric Trump to stop fundraising for his foundation


Donald Trump‘s son Eric Trump says he will no longer be fundraising for his charity foundation with his father now soon to be president.

After the Eric Trump foundation was heavily criticized for sponsoring an auction for a very expensive coffee chat with his sister, Ivanka Trump, he made the decision stop fundraising.

Eric Trump is President-elect Donald Trump’s third child with his first wife Ivana Trump. 

Caption: Ivana Trump, Eric Trump, her former husband Donald Trump and her daughter Ivanka Trump in 1998. (Getty)

Eric attended The Hill School, a strict boarding school in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. 

Caption: Ivana Trump and Eric Trump in 1996. (Getty)

Eric attended Georgetown University in Washington D.C. He is the only one of the adult Trump siblings that did not attend their father’s alma mater University of Pennsylvania. 

Caption: Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump and Tiffany Trump (Reuters) 

Eric is a reality tv star just like his father. He has made appearances alongside the president-elect on The Apprentice as a boardroom judge from 2010-2015. 

Caption: Donald Trump (C) and his sons Eric F. Trump (L) and Donald Trump Jr. (R) attend the ‘Celebrity Apprentice All Stars’ Season 13 Press Conference in 2012. (Getty)

Eric Trump married his wife Laura in 2014. She is a producer for CBS’ Inside Edition. 

Instagram caption: “Amazing that our anniversary is also Election Day! Happy anniversary @laraleatrump ????”

Eric founded the Eric Trump Foundation when he was 23-years-old. The charity aims at raising money for children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The organization’s website says they have “donated and pledged nearly $30 million dollars to St. Jude.”

Instagram caption: “So proud of our @erictrumpfdn Road Scholar truck! It’s dedicated to the children of @stjude”

Eric runs the Trump Organization’s golf courses. Since joining the organization in 2013, Eric increased the number of international golf courses from three to 17.

Instagram caption: “Beautiful day to play at Trump National Jupiter @larayunaska”

Eric oversees Trump Winery in Virginia. The vineyard is the largest in acreage in the state, but not the largest in production. 

Caption: Eric Trump gestures as he joins Patricia Kluge, right, and his father, Donald Trump, center, during a press conference in Charlottesville, Va., in 2011. (AP)

While speaking on the campaign trail in October, Eric Trump mistakenly introduced then-vice presidential candidate Mike Pence as the Governor of Illinois. Pence is the governor of Indiana. The 32-year-old chalked it up to a slip of the tongue. 

Caption: Vice President-elect, Indiana Governor Mike Pence (C) is greeted by Eric Trump (R), son of President-elect Donald Trump. (Getty)

Eric made headlines on Election day after he tweeted a photo of his ballot while voting for his dad. The tweet was quickly deleted, but not before garnering over 3,000 retweets and over 8,000 likes. 

It is illegal in New York to share a photo of your election ballot.

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In an interview with the New York Times Eric Trump said, “As unfortunate as it is, I understand the quagmire.”

The family was also receiving complaints after reports surfaced that in exchange for hefty donations a different charity was offering hunting trips with Eric or his brother Donald Trump.

They both said they are not participating.

The Eric Trump Foundation’s main focus since its formation in 2006 has been raising money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Tennessee. The foundation has reportedly raised $15 million for the hospital.

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