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Mary Trump Slams Donald Trump, Says Uncle Should ‘Resign’ In New Interview – Forbes


TOPLINE

One day after the publication of her book Too Much and Never Enough, President Donald Trump’s niece Mary Trump slammed her uncle in a new interview on Good Morning America Wednesday, saying “he is utterly incapable of leading this country, and it is dangerous to allow him to do so.”

KEY FACTS

Mary Trump spoke to George Stephanopoulos after a judge lifted a gag order Tuesday which previously prevented her from speaking out about her family.

Mary Trump elaborated on allegations in her book that Donald Trump paid someone to take the SAT for him, saying that while she cannot back up the allegation with documentation, she has “been told this by people in my family” and is “absolutely confident that it’s true.”

Trump’s niece, a clinical psychologist, said she had seen the president in the Oval Office a few months into his tenure and was struck by how he “seemed very strained by the pressures” of the office, after alleging in her book that her uncle likely has multiple psychological disorders, including narcissistic personality disorder.

When Stephanopoulos asked Mary Trump what she would say to her uncle if she was in the Oval Office today, she responded: “Resign.”

Crucial Quote

Donald Trump’s father was “was incredibly driven in a way that turned other people, including his children [and] wife, into pawns to be used to his own ends,” Mary Trump said, calling the elder Trump a “sociopath” who had a profound effect on his son. “It’s impossible to know who Donald might have been under different circumstances and with different parents. But clearly he learned the lesson.”

Key Background

Mary Trump’s book, which was published by Simon & Schuster July 14 after having its publication date moved up amid the widespread attention it garnered, marks the first time that a member of the president’s family has spoken out against him. Donald Trump and other family members had attempted to halt the book’s publication by alleging that Mary was in violation of a non-disclosure agreement, with the president telling Axios she was “not allowed” to write about him. As a result, the book was subject to multiple court battles, and was temporarily blocked from release by one judge before having that order subsequently lifted by another. While that order allowed Simon & Schuster to publish the book, Mary Trump was not legally allowed to speak about it until the gag order against her was lifted Tuesday.

Further Reading

A message for President Donald Trump from his niece: ‘Resign’ (ABC News)

Top Takeaways From Mary Trump’s Leaked Book (Forbes)

Judge Lifts Temporary Order Blocking Tell-All Book From Trump’s Niece (Forbes)