2020-07-15 03:49:03 UTC
*Mary Trump broke her silence in a televised interview recorded on Tuesday
*Said she would urge her uncle to 'resign' from office if she saw him today
*Niece said her uncle was 'utterly incapable of leading this country'
*Comes as her book is released after gag order was tossed out by judge
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
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.'
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,"'
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 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.'
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
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.
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
'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.