Eric TrumpEric Frederick TrumpThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden expands lead in new national poll Eric, Lara Trump welcome second baby Trump tweets photo of Trump Tower in Greenland: 'I promise not to do this' MORE said Friday that it hurts him watching the media’s treatment of his father on the 2016 campaign trail.

“The media is very cruel,” Eric Trump, 31, told host Elizabeth Hasselbeck on Fox News’s “Fox & Friends." "The political process is incredibly cruel.”


“We’ve always had thick skin. It is something that weighs on children probably more than it weighs on him,” he said of his family.

“The best candidate will ultimately win,” Eric Trump added. "You get through the presidential process, you’ve done something incredibly amazing, and you’re ultimately tough. That’s true of any presidential candidate by the way.”

Eric Trump, one of the candidate's five children, said that negativity toward his father’s White House run bothers him given the importance his parent commands in his life.

“My father is my best friend,” he said of Donald TrumpDonald John Trump Former US ambassador: 'Denmark is not a big fan of Donald Trump and his politics' Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president MORE. "He’s my idol and my boss. We work side-by-side and spend every weekend together.

“He’ll give the shirt off his back for somebody he cares about and loves,” Eric Trump said.

“When you’re in the limelight, when you’re in the rat race of this presidential election, it’s a very tough thing,” he added. "You certainly worry about him. Maybe that’s a selfish thing as a son.”

Eric Trump then admitted that he admires the strength of his father’s convictions despite the challenges he faces seeking the Oval Office next year.

“At the same time, he’s put his whole life aside for something he believes in,” he said. "He wants to run and he wants to win. I couldn’t be more proud of him.”

Eric Trump’s remarks come as his father has dominated the race for next year’s GOP presidential nomination all summer long.

Retired neurosurgeon Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonCarson's affordable housing idea drawing undue flak Overnight Energy: Trump EPA looks to change air pollution permit process | GOP senators propose easing Obama water rule | Green group sues EPA over lead dust rules Green group sues EPA over lead dust rules it says are too lax MORE is catching up to the outspoken billionaire, however, across multiple national polls.

Eric Trump expressed admiration for his father’s closest competition during his interview Friday morning.

“Ben seems like a great guy,” said Eric Trump, executive vice president for development and acquisitions at the Trump Organization.

“[But] it’s too way too early to tell,” he added, when asked if he can envision the former doctor winning in 2016 instead of his father.