Father Trump knows best.
Former President Donald Trump took a thinly veiled shot at his White House successor, saying the key to good parenting is keeping kids away from drugs, cigarettes and booze.
The longtime teetotaler and father of five took the apparent swipe at President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter — who has detailed his lifelong struggles with alcohol and drugs in a new memoir — during a Thursday interview with Real America’s Voice anchor Gina Loudon.
“You have to talk to them, you have to be with them,” Trump told Loudon. “A lot people at a certain level, they have success, or they don’t have much time, whether it’s success or not success frankly, they don’t give their children enough time.”
Trump, 74, whose brother Fred died of alcoholism in 1981, then stressed the importance of keeping his kids away from addictive substances.
“You could have good children, but if they start with the drugs or the alcohol – and I always add cigarettes in there too, frankly – but I say no drugs, no alcohol, no cigarettes and I’ve said it for years to all of them,” the former commander-in-chief told Loudon.
Trump said he stresses his stern anti-drug and alcohol stance to his five children from three marriages – Don Jr., Ivanka, Eric, Tiffany and Barron – to the point that they start “going wild” in response to his fatherly wisdom.
“You know, they don’t like it,” Trump said. “But it really, so far, I think, has had a pretty good impact.”
Without elaborating, Trump then told Loudon he had witnessed “some really great children go bad” because they turned to drugs or alcohol.
“But, you know, I’ve seen some really great children go bad because they get hooked on drugs or alcohol, and you really just can’t let that happen, because once that happens, then you’re dealing in a new ballgame,” Trump told Loudon, who served as co-chair of the Women for Trump political organization during the 2020 presidential election.
Hunter Biden’s new memoir, “Beautiful Things,” in which he details his struggle with substance addiction following the 2015 death of his older brother, Beau, who died of brain cancer at 46, will be released on April 6.
The 51-year-old Biden has had at least six stints in rehab for alcoholism and drug addiction, including a crack cocaine binge in 2016.
Three years later, The Post exclusively revealed that Hunter Biden was suspected of smoking crack at a Washington, DC, strip club where he dropped “thousands of dollars” during multiple visits.
The Post also revealed in October some contents of a laptop computer that Hunter dropped off for repair at a shop in Delaware in April 2019 and never retrieved.
Emails on its hard drive show that he introduced a top Burisma executive to his father, then vice president, less than a year before the elder Biden admittedly pressured Ukrainian officials into firing a prosecutor who was investigating the company.
Biden acknowledged Friday that the laptop could “absolutely” belong to him.
“I really don’t know what the answer is, that’s the truthful answer,” Hunter Biden said in an excerpt of the “CBS Sunday Morning” interview released on Friday, before adding, “I have no idea.”