Donald Trump Jr. defends father’s comments on Mitt Romney’s faith

Posted at 9:47 PM, Mar 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-20 09:46:52-04

SALT LAKE CITY – Donald Trump was the subject of some criticism in Utah Saturday following his remarks on Mitt Romney’s faith, and Trump’s son was in the FOX 13 Studio Saturday to discuss his father’s candidacy and the controversy.

Donald Trump Jr., who goes by Don, sat down with FOX 13 News' Matt McDonald.

Matt McDonald: “Your dad talked about Mitt Romney, he didn’t say some really flattering things about Mitt Romney last night, he questioned Mitt Romney’s faith."

Don Trump: “No, that’s not what he said actually.”

Trump's remark Friday was: "I have many friends that live in Salt Lake, I have a lot of friends, a lot of friends, by the way, Mitt Romney is not one of them. Did he choke? Did this guy choke? He’s a choke artist. I can’t believe, are you sure he’s a Mormon?"

Trump Jr. said the tongue-in-cheek comment made by his father is an attack on Mitt’s character, not his faith.

“He wasn’t saying anything about faith, he was saying the people that we know from this state, the people that we know that are Mormons and take those things seriously: You don’t say one thing here and one thing [over] here,” Trump Jr. said. “You don’t do that. If you say something, you stick to it.”

The public perception of Donald Trump is often that he is loud, bombastic and brash. But, his son said that’s not the man he knows.

“There’s this big misconception about my father, I mean, he’s an incredibly family oriented guy,” Don Trump said. “The way he is with us around the holiday table, the way he is with my five kids, he’s an incredibly family first guy.”