Former President Donald Trump offered several pieces of life advice to the 11-year-old heiress of a scrap metal mogul aboard her father’s multimillion-dollar private jet.
Trump was featured in a recently released video with Clover Wietsman, the young daughter of Adam Weitsman, discussing advice he as a parent gave his own children that stemmed from an April 30 interview related to a home-schooling project in which she sought to learn about various political perspectives and viewpoints.
A clip of the interview, which her father posted on his Instagram page Aug. 14, shows Clover asking Trump what sort of advice he would give Adam “on raising my sisters and I?”
“Okay, are you ready? This is good,” Trump began.
“I have five children. From the day that they were old enough to speak, I said no drugs, no alcohol, no cigarettes. And I told them all the time,” said the former president, who never smoked and who shunned alcohol after his brother, Fred Trump Jr., died of a heart attack at the age of 42 in 1981 following a lengthy bout with alcoholism.
Trump went on to say that he believes Adam Weitsman is “very strong and smart, and he makes good money.”
The former president’s children are, from oldest to youngest, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump, Tiffany Trump, and Barron Trump.
Clover Weitsman will next interview former first lady Michelle Obama, her father said.
Along with posting the video clip, Adam Weitsman explained why he ‘assigned’ his daughter politics-themed interviews.
“Most people know I don’t follow politicians much, and I never comment when other people share their political opinions,” he wrote. “But I do want my daughter, Clover, to know what’s going on in the world and to pay attention to decisions that are made and the people who make them.
“As part of her homeschooling, she’s interviewing various leaders of both parties to find out what’s really going on in the world – and she’s starting at the highest level of government,” he continued. “I’m grateful that former President Donald Trump agreed to meet with Clover today and answer pressing questions that are on the minds of many people in her age group.
“This is not about politics, but about understanding all viewpoints,” Weitsman went on. “I can’t begin to tell you how proud I am of my daughter for her questions and composure talking with a world leader.”
After posting the clip on Saturday, Weitsman again thanked Trump for taking time out of his schedule to speak to his daughter, adding that he “could not have been more respectful and kind to my kid.”
According to the Daily Mail, the entrepreneur owns Upstate Shredding, a scrap metal enterprise worth about $1 billion with 12 locations throughout New York state. The report said that the company is the biggest processor of scrap metal on the East Coast.
In the 1990s, he worked at several art galleries in Manhattan before becoming vice president of his dad’s scrap metal business in 1995, which was called Ben Weitsman and Son. Shortly thereafter, however, Adam, now 53, began to get into some trouble.
He started kiting checks, a process whereby a check is written on an account that does not have enough money in it in the hopes that the account will have it by the time the check clears the bank.
“I was just young and stupid,” he said in an interview with the Albany Times-Union, explaining that he had made large equipment purchases that had not yet paid off.
He would eventually be sent to prison on 86 felony counts of check-kiting, which is a form of fraud, and spent a year and a day in federal prison. He also had to pay a $1 million fine.
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