The second son of US President Donald Trump says nepotism is a "factor of life," as the businessman-turned-politician has put much power in the hands of his family members.
Eric Trump made the candid remarks in an interview with Forbes magazine on Tuesday, offering a glimpse of the way his family thinks about privilege, work and inheritance.
"Nepotism is kind of a factor of life," the 33-year-old was quoted as saying from Trump Tower in New York. "We might be here because of nepotism, but we're not still here because of nepotism. You know, if we didn't do a good job, if we weren't competent, believe me, we wouldn't be in this spot."
Eric noted that his father would never have trusted him and his older brother, Donald Trump Jr., with handing over control of the Trump Organization in January unless they were qualified for the job.
"Certainly eight years ago, he couldn't have. I think we probably would have been too big of question marks for him … I think hopefully we earned our stripes," he said.
The interview comes as Eric and his 39-year-old brother have been running the family company with their father at the helm of the White House. Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is a senior presidential adviser and his daughter Ivanka is also an aide.
Trump has recently come under a furious backlash from political opponents and ethics experts for placing his children in positions of power.
With no previous experience in government, 36-year-old Kushner is currently visiting Iraq with General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff.