Mary Trump, the niece of President Donald Trump, has called on her uncle to resign from office as she breaks her silence after publishing a memoir describing him as a ‘sociopath’.
‘Resign,’ Mary Trump responded when ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos asked her what message she would have for her uncle if she were in the Oval Office.
She said that, after being ‘perverted’ by the family’s deep-seated ‘issues,’ her uncle was destined to become a man ‘utterly incapable of leading this country, and it’s dangerous to allow him to do so.’
‘I saw firsthand what focusing on the wrong things, elevating the wrong people can do – the collateral damage that can be created by allowing somebody to live their lives without accountability,’ she said. ‘And it is striking to see that continuing now on a much grander scale.’
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Mary Trump broke her silence in an interview that will air on Wednesday. An advance clip of the interview (above) was published on Tuesday
George Stephanopoulos interviews Mary Trump for ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’; the full interview will air Wednesday morning
In the interview, Mary Trump also recalled visiting with her uncle in the Oval Office several months after he was inaugurated.
‘He already seemed very strained by the pressures… and I just remember thinking, “He seems tired. He seems like this is not what he signed up for,”‘ she said.
A clip of the interview was published on Tuesday, and the full interview is scheduled to air Wednesday morning. It is the first time people can hear from the author herself about life in the Trump family.
It comes after Judge Hal Greenwald of the New York State Supreme Court stopped the Trump family’s attempt to gag Mary Trump from talking about her book – ‘Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man’ – which was released on Tuesday.
It’s already topped Amazon.com’s best seller list and the publisher sent out advance copies to several news outlets, including DailyMail.com.
Mary Trump, seen sitting at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office during a April 2017 visit to the White House, is scheduled to appear on ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ on Wednesday
Mary Trump’s book about her famous family is published on Tuesday, despite family concerns
Mary Trump had been unable to personally talk about it after Robert Trump, President Trump’s brother, argued that the book violated a confidentiality agreement related to Fred Trump’s estate.
Mary Trump is President Trump’s niece, the daughter of his eldest brother Fred Trump, who died in 1981 due to complications from alcoholism.
However the courts ruled in her favor – both in publishing the book and letting her discuss it.
Judge Greenwald ruled that stopping publication was a ‘moot’ point because the book had already been distributed to sellers and publicized in the media.
‘Notwithstanding that the book has been published and distributed in great quantities, to enjoin Mary L Trump at this juncture would be incorrect and serve no purpose. It would be moot,’ he wrote.
Robert Trump, who is barely mentioned in the book, led the lawsuit that attempted to stop Mary Trump from publishing it, citing an agreement she signed following a financial settlement after her grandfather’s death.
Greenwald refused to apply a broad view of the estate settlement, saying that ‘what was confidential was the financial aspect.’
‘The parties agreed to keep the settlement under seal. That’s it,’ Greenwald wrote of the deal that was executed at a time when ‘the Trump family were New York based real estate developers and not much else.’
The White House has disputed book’s claims, which includes the charge that the president cheated on his SATs
Mary Trump’s book hit store shelves on Tuesday and quickly sold out on Amazon.com
Mary Trump’s book is the second insider account of Trump to be published this summer. Former National Security Adviser John Bolton published his memoir of working in the White House last month – a book the administration tried to stop from being published.
Mary Trump, a trained psychologist, explores in the book the role the president’s father, Fred Trump, played in his life and his development. She wrote in the book she has ‘no problem calling Donald a narcissist – he meets all nine criteria as outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.’
She also calls the president a ‘sociopath’ and claims his life work has been an effort to please his difficult father, Fred Trump Sr, whom she also describes as a ‘high functioning sociopath’.
Mary Trump, in her book, calls Trump’s father (above) a ‘high functioning sociopath’, marked by a lack of empathy, a facility for lying and a lack of interest in others
The White House has disputed the book’s claims, which includes the charge that the president cheated on his SATs, paying a friend to take them for him so he could attend the University of Pennsylvania’s famous Wharton School of Business.
A spokesperson said the book was written ‘clearly in the author’s own financial self-interest.’
‘The President describes the relationship he had with his father as warm and said his father was very good to him,’ White House spokeswoman Sarah Matthews said earlier this month. ‘Also, the absurd SAT allegation is completely false.’
The book paints a dark portrait of the Trump family and says that the President’s father Fred Sr neglected him so much it amounted to ‘child abuse’.
The psychological damage was such that Donald became a sociopath, a narcissist and a threat to the entire country, according to Mary.
Mary, 55, portrays the family as deeply damaged people, starting with Fred Sr and his wife Mary Ann and filtering down to their five children.