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No stranger to being in the media, Eric Trump -- who claimed to be one of Trump's "chief strategists" along with his brother during the 2016 campaign -- will be talked about after his father's inauguration because of his business talents. President-elect Trump has said he'll give control of his business assets to his sons while he's commander in chief, a move that is controversial, as many wanted Trump to place his assets into a blind trust to avoid any possible conflicts of interest or even appearances of conflicts. So no doubt Eric and Donald Jr. will remain hot topics during their father's presidency. Here's are some key things to know about Eric:

He's dealt with the media for most of his life

In one of his first public statements -- issued in 1993 following a tumultuous public fallout between his mother and father -- Eric began to shape his own narrative with the media in a joint statement with his two older siblings: “In discussions among ourselves, we decided to stay in Aspen with our mother and grandmother.” Eric has also popped up in photos with his brother hunting big game and although his sister Ivanka more frequently appeared on "The Apprentice," Eric is no stranger to the show. Fast forward to 2016, and throughout his father's campaign Eric appeared in interviews as a surrogate who stood up for Trump amidst unprecedented media scrutiny. Even his wife, Lara Yunaska, is a producer for CBS television.

He is a philanthropist

In addition to helping run the Trump Organization with his older siblings as a vice president, Eric is an active philanthropist. At the age of 22 he garnered goodwill with the public in starting his Eric Trump Foundation, which has raised over $28 million to date that goes to assist terminally-ill children at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

He's no stranger to hard work

While attending boarding school in Pennsylvania with Don Jr., Eric -- like his brother -- kept his nose clean and learned to become a well-mannered gentleman as his father moved forward in business and in life back in New York. Although he spent his formative summers in the Czech countryside along with his siblings, Donald gave the boy a lesson in hard work. According to a profile in the Washington Post, along with his brother he "labored on their father's construction sites: cutting rebar, hanging chandeliers, rehabbing the family's sprawling estate in Westchester."
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