The president’s eldest son remarks in a new book on what the Arlington cemetery means to his family.
In his new book, the eldest son of the US president says the thought occurred to him during a visit to Arlington National Cemetery in 2017.
US veterans and the families of soldiers killed in combat have accused Mr Trump of not showing proper respect.
Neither Mr Trump nor any of his children have served in the military.
In his new book Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us, Mr Trump Jr describes visiting the US war cemetery where 400,000 ex-soldiers lie outside of Washington DC on the eve of his father’s inauguration.
His moment of reflection came as the president-elect laid a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknowns.
“As we drove past the rows of white grave markers, in the gravity of the moment, I had a deep sense of the importance of the presidency and a love of our country, ” wrote Mr Trump Jr, 41.
“In that moment, I also thought of all the attacks we’d already suffered as a family, and about all the sacrifices we’d have to make to help my father succeed – voluntarily giving up a huge chunk of our business and all international deals to avoid the appearance that we were ‘profiting off of the office.'”
He later adds: “Frankly, it was a big sacrifice, costing us millions and millions of dollars annually. Of course, we didn’t get any credit whatsoever from the mainstream media, which now does not surprise me at all.”