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On July 4, 2013, Trump became engaged to his longtime girlfriend Lara Lea Yunaska, an associate producer on the syndicated television news program Inside Edition. In 2014, they get married at his father's family estate in Palm Beach, Florida. Notably, Yunaska broke her wrists in a horse-riding accident two weeks before her nuptials and wore fancy bridal casts on both wrists.
A 20/20 special before the inauguration revealed that Eric's secret service alias would be "marksman" an apt name considering his affinity for hunting exotic game. It’s an interest that drew criticism from groups like PETA in 2012, after photos surfaced of Eric and Don Jr. on a hunting trip.Eric Trump and his brother, Donald Trump Jr., celebrating their trophy hunt kills. (©Hunting Legends)
He attended Trinity School at a young age. In 2002, he graduated from the Hill School and subsequently served on its board until 2013.
Instead of attending the University of Pennsylvania like his father, brother, and sister before him, Eric attended Georgetown in Washington D.C. He graduated with a degree in finance and management, with honors.
Trump is executive vice president of development and acquisitions of the Trump Organization. He worked with his sister, Ivanka, to redesign and renovate Trump National Doral and its Blue Monster course in Miami, Florida. In 2013, Trump received Wine Enthusiast Magazine's "Rising Star of the Year" Award. PolitiFact and the Washington Post fact-checker rated Eric Trump's assertion that the Trump family "got out of all international business" as false. PolitiFact noted that not only has the Trump family engaged in international business dealings since Trump became president, but that some of the Trump children, including Eric, have openly celebrated their international business activities during that time.
He was a boardroom judge on his father's reality television series The Apprentice (2010-2015). He appeared in 23 episodes.
In 2007, Eric Trump established the Eric Trump Foundation, a public charity which raised money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Tennessee. On November 30, 2012, the foundation committed to raising $20 million over a 10-year period for the naming rights to the new Eric Trump Foundation Surgery & ICU Center in the Kay Research and Care Center, a $198 million tower that was officially opened on February 19, 2015, on the St. Jude campus. St. Jude stated in 2013 that the 7th Annual Eric Trump Foundation Golf Invitational on September 9, 2013, at the Trump National Golf Club in Briarcliff, New York, had "... raised 1.5 million for the kids of St. Jude", for a total of $6 million since 2006. On December 30, 2016, Richard C. Shadyac Jr., the president of the fundraising organization of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, wrote a letter to the Eric Trump Foundation stating that the foundation and "... related efforts, such as an Eric Trump Foundation-affiliated team that participates in the New York City Marathon", had raised $16.3 million for the hospital since the charity's inception 10 years ago.
On December 21, 2016, Eric announced that he would stop active fundraising for the Eric Trump Foundation as of December 31. The move came to avoid the appearance that donors were using him to gain access to his father after he won the presidential election. The 2016 tax return, filed under the foundation's alternative name the Curetivity Foundation, shows that the contributions it received increased from $1.8 million in 2015 to $3.2 million in 2016. The foundation gave $2,910,000 in donations to St. Jude and several smaller donations to other charities while paying a total of $145,000 to various for-profit properties owned by the Trump family.