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President Trump refutes claims in his niece’s book.

President Donald Trump responded to his niece Mary Trump’s recent book “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,” over the weekend.  Referring to the book as “so stupid and so vicious” in an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace, the President refuted his niece’s claims against both himself and his father, Fred Trump, Sr.

Mary Trump, 55, blamed her uncle’s perceived faults on Fred Trump, Sr. and his obsession with success for his sons.  The author holds Fred Trump, Sr. responsible for the alcoholism and death of her father, Fred Trump, Jr., who died in 1981.  USA Today reported that she drew a portrait of the patriarch of the Trump family as cold and forbidding and highly demanding of his sons.

In the interview with Fox News’ Wallace the President said that his niece was, “not a person that I spent very much time with.”  He also asserted that, “She’s a very scarred person… She was not much of a family person.”  His niece was not a family favorite and didn’t have the respect of the rest of the Trump clan, the President said.  He claimed that she knew very little about him.

Trump was most upset by the attacks on his father and mother.  “It hurts me more about attacking my father, not being kind to my mother. I have a mother who was like a saint. She was incredible. She was an incredible woman and she [Mary Trump] was nasty even to my mother.”  He said his father was a powerful personality who, “liked to win,” and “was a very good man. He was a strong man.”  He went on to call the book a lie and his niece’s characterization of Fred Trump, Sr. as a disgrace.

A statement from White House spokesperson Sarah Matthews asserted that Mary Trump was interested only in the money she could make from sales of the book and not in acting in the public interest.  She also questioned why now, after the President has been in office for over three years, did Mary Trump decide to release her book.  White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany called the book’s allegations absurd and bearing no relation to the truth.  So far there has not been any response to the book from other members of the Trump family.  

The book was published after a judge ruled that it was not in violation of a non-disclosure agreement signed by Mary Trump in 2001.  The book set a record for publisher Simon & Schuster by selling 950,000 copies on preorders and first day sales.  It ranked at the top of Amazon’s best seller list over the weekend.

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