Eric Trump: Nepotism is a factor of life

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One of President Donald Trump's sons is opening up about nepotism and it's role in the First Family.

Eric Trump sat down with Forbes Magazine for an interview that was published on Tuesday and said he feels nepotism is a factor of life.

"Nepotism is kind of a factor of life," the 33-year-old told the publication.

First family facts: Getting to know Eric Trump

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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"

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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President Trump put his family in charge of many aspects of his life. He recently named his daughter Ivanka as special assistant to the President. Ivanka's husband, Jared Kushner is his senior adviser. Meanwhile, Eric and his brother Donald Jr. are running the Trump Organization. Eric said that while they might be in their positions because of nepotism, they still have to perform at a high level in order to stay in those positions.

SEE ALSO: Eric Trump plans to share Trump Organization details with father

"We might be here because of nepotism, but we're not still here because of nepotism," Eric Trump said. "You know, if we didn't do a good job, if we weren't competent, believe me, we wouldn't be in this spot."

Anti-Nepotism laws in the federal government were put in place during Lyndon Johnson's administration. Now, reportedly they were designed to avoid a repeat of JFK picking his brother Bobby for Attorney General.

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