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Eric Trump: My father is a man who does not lose

This is a rush transcript from "On the Record," October 14, 2015. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: Donald Trump's son is right here to go ON THE RECORD. Eric Trump's father is not only a billionaire businessman, but right now with the latest poll numbers, his father Donald Trump is closer than any other American to walking into the White House and running this country.

So, what's it like to have the Donald for a father and to work side by side with him.

Eric Trump is executive vice president of development and acquisitions at the Trump Organization and he joins us.

Nice to see you, Eric.

ERIC TRUMP, DONALD TRUMP'S SON: Hey, Greta, how are you?

VAN SUSTEREN: Very well. So, OK, so your father says he is a strong negotiator. You work with your father. Give me an example what he means by that.

TRUMP: He is the greatest man. I have seen him my whole life. I have sat across the table from him every single day and there's no one better. I mean, he's incredibly quick. He's incredibly practical. He likes to keep things simple. He likes to get things done. He can cut through red tape. I mean, he's an amazing man and we've seen a lot of pre-negotiators. We deal with them every single day and there's no one better than he is. And he would be an amazing president for this country.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right, growing up, was he the disciplinarian in the family?

TRUMP: Yes, listen -- I mean, he never let us get out of line. He made us work. He instilled really great values in us. And, listen, we were the last family that was ever going to be caught dancing on a table in a nightclub. It just wasn't us.

At a young age, we were put on construction sites. We worked. We worked very hard. We're expected to get great grades. You know, we were expected to perform and, you know, we did. He held us to a high standard and we never -- we never let him down. And he was amazing father and just a great guy. And, you know, still to this day, one of my best friends and my boss and my mentor. And you know, I have the utmost respect for him.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right. At age 10, for instance, was he teaching you how to ride a bicycle or throw a baseball? Or were you like out negotiating deals and looking at real estate?

TRUMP: I think my best memories probably are we're walking construction sites with him. We go over these big buildings, his building. We followed him around. So I think he kind of taught us the art of the deal, you know, just by being with him. But, you know, we remember -- I remember building Lego sets in his office while he was negotiating great casino deals and other things. And, you know, it was a lot of fun. So, yes, probably a little bit left of the let's go play baseball in the yard, but I mean, amazing guy.

And the relationship we have is incredible. And, you know, I mean, just kind of the family dynamic we have, right? Most of the time family businesses are total disasters. And what we have been able to piece together -- he, Ivanka, Don and myself, you know, what we are doing all around the world. We're building the greatest hotels. We're building the greatest golf properties and we're just having a blast doing it.

And here he is winning the G.O.P. right now and, you know, I just couldn't be more proud.

VAN SUSTEREN: Do you want him to be president?

TRUMP: Listen, I think the man would do an absolutely amazing job so the answer is yes. And, in fact, I have been encouraging him since before he announced, you know, to run because, you know, when you have that unique insight on a person, when you see their qualities, you see how good they are at what they do. I think he would do a phenomenal job for this country.

And we've got real problems. You know, we've got $19 trillion worth of debt. We've got major, you know, trade deficits all over the place. We've got real problems in the Middle East. We've got real educational problems. And there's so many things that need to be fixed in this country, I mean, infrastructure.

By the way, there would be no better infrastructure president than he would be. He is an amazing, amazing builder. And he is passionate about it. And quite frankly, I mean, he doesn't need to set aside his life to do this. You know, he's got an amazing company and he's doing it. And I think it's actually very selfless. It's really an amazing thing.

VAN SUSTEREN: What do you make of his sort of spicy language? I mean, he has a very spicy language. He's very blunt. Calls people stupid. He has called people out. You know, he doesn't stop for fools. And sometimes, he punches back real hard.

TRUMP: Yes, he does punch back really hard. And that's one of the things I actually admire most about him. And he can punch back real hard. And I think that's one of the reasons people are attracted to him. They're sick of the PC. They're sick of the nonsense. You know, they want a person who will fight for this country and won't be bought by the lobbyists.

And, you know, he is that guy. And, you know, again, I think that's really what gives him charm, what gives his appeal and why people love him.

VAN SUSTEREN: You said -- I think you'd been quote on saying that he won the debate last night. Obviously, he wasn't on the stage. He was tweeting as he watched the debate. But why do you say he won, he wasn't even there?

TRUMP: Yes, listen, his tweets are great last night. And literally the commentary, I was getting my own Twitter, you know, about his tweets last night were amazing. But I think I -- I think I had a tough time getting through the debate. I know a lot of people had a tough time getting through the debate last night.

And, you know, when he speaks, he speaks as a person. He speaks not in the little, you know, one word sound bites. I mean, he really speaks as a person. You can kind of see his emotion come through when -- you know, I think he has done a great job in his past debates. I think he has won all the past debates. And, you know, I just didn't see the same flare last night, I didn't see the same level of energy from any of the candidates.

VAN SUSTEREN: Well, he's done -- I mean, the poll numbers are quiet good for him today. I think in Nevada, he's up 16 points. In South Carolina, 18, or vice versa. I mean, his poll numbers are astronomical.

What does he say about them to you? I mean, does he just expect them? I mean, he is certainly is a guy who doesn't -- I mean, he certainly is a confident guy. Let's say it that way.

TRUMP: Well, he is a confident guy. He's an amazing guy, right? I mean, everything he's ever touched turns to gold. And, you know, I saw South Carolina today. He's winning Nevada today and some of the other states. And these are really battleground states. I mean, these are super important states.

And, you know, listen, he just became a politician three months ago. And this is very new thing for him. And, you know, I'm just proud of how well he is doing. I think he is incredibly proud of how well he is doing. But I think it also says something about kind of, you know, politics in this country. They want something new. They want something refreshing. They want something that's kind of knocks the status quo. And I think it really talks to the sentiment of this country.

VAN SUSTEREN: He gets so mad at all of us, though. He gets mad -- he got mad at Fox. He gets mad at NBC. He gets mad at us and, you know, says he is never going to talk to us again. And then we're all sort of like get back into, you know, talking business. What's going on with him on that?

TRUMP: Well, I think passion is a good thing. You know, I mean, he is very passionate about himself. You know, he takes a lot of pride on himself. He holds himself to a very, very high standard. And he also likes to be treated fairly.

I mean, he is actually a man of amazing morals and values. I mean, he likes to be treated fairly. And listen, Greta, you know better than anybody, the media is not always fair. And listen, when they're not, he's willing to punch back and hit them his whole life. And, you know, this really made him the success that, you know, he is today. And I think he'll definitely do that for this country.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right. So who gets the family business if he should become president? I mean, you've got two siblings and the three of you had been working with your father for a long time. Who's going to be the CEO?

TRUMP: Well, you know what, Ivanka is my best friend in the world. Don is my best friend in the world. I mean, we really have a great system together. We worked hand in hand on everything. We're opening up hotels all over the world, we're building the best golf courses, the best financial buildings and we're having a great time doing it. So, believe me, it will be a team effort and you know, all with love knowing --

(CROSSTALK)

VAN SUSTEREN: I guess that's a no answer. I mean, I don't get the answer. I don't get to which sibling is going to be, you know, stepping all over each other. I don't get that. I don't get that.

TRUMP: I mean, there won't be. I mean, we've never had a quarrel in our lives. We really best friends. We do everything together. We do different hotels. We all, you know, we all run different properties and, you know, it really, really works well.

So kind of contrary to so many family businesses, which are disastrous. But we have an amazing recipe, and we are best friends, and we are kind of on this war path together and we are having a great time doing it.

VAN SUSTEREN: Do you think he wants it? I mean, you know, some people are just for all their lives, they want to be president of the United States. Is he one of those people that, you know, this has just come at the right time for him to run?

TRUMP: I couldn't be more sure of it. Greta, listen, he wouldn't do it if he didn't want it, right? I mean, if not --

VAN SUSTEREN: But did he always want it? Is this something he really wants? Or is this, you know, like a passion?

(CROSSTALK)

TRUMP: There is no, no question in my mind. Not only does he want it, he is going to win. He's going to take it all the way to the end. I mean, I can tell you that emphatically. He is a man that does not lose. I mean, everything he touches turns to gold. He does not lose.

And believe me, Greta, I mean, he's got a great life, he's got a great business. We're doing great things. You know, if he didn't want this, if he wasn't into it, he wouldn't be doing it. It's a -- it's a gruelling race. Believe me.

You know, politics is a tough, tough business as you know better than anybody else. He wants it. He's going to win it. And he's there to take it, you know, all the way through.

VAN SUSTEREN: Eric, thanks for joining us. I hope you bring your brother and sister back next time or make them come talk to us, will you?

TRUMP: I absolutely will. I absolutely will. Great being with you, Greta.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right, thank you.