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Disclosure book about the US President : Evil Uncle Trump and his angry niece

Mary L. Trump knows about the ups and downs of the human psyche. About trauma from early childhood, about the lifelong burden that suppressed family secrets and abuse can bring.

Mary Trump is a psychologist, she did her PhD at the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies in New York and taught in the subjects trauma, psychopathology and developmental psychology.

But she is also the niece of the most powerful man in the world. And about her uncle, US President Donald Trump, and the abysses of her family, the 55-year-old has now written a book that is due to appear on July 28 - just four weeks before the Republican party conference, at which Trump was officially elected as a presidential candidate shall be.

240 pages about the abyss of a family

Already the news about the appearance of "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man" (for example: "Too much and never enough: How my family created the most dangerous man in the world") and the first details about the The content of the book caused a stir in Washington, even though it is by far not the first exposed story about the 45th US President.

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But for the first time a member of the dynasty expresses himself. "She is the only member of the Trump family who is ready to tell the truth about one of the most powerful and dysfunctional families in the world," writes the publisher Simon & Schuster.

On 240 pages, the daughter of Trump's older brother Fred Trump Jr. paints a disastrous picture of the family that explains how Donald Trump has become the man "who is now endangering global health, economic security and social cohesion".

The anger probably goes back to the early death of the father

Mary Trump's anger at the "disturbed" president is apparently fed by the tragic early death of her father and the subsequent dispute over his inheritance. Patriarch Fred Trump's eldest son died of a heart attack in 1981 at the age of 42 - likely a result of his alcoholism.

According to the US news site "The Daily Beast", which was the first to report on the publication, the book is about the causes of this disease. The author writes that Donald and Fred Trump Sr. left the eldest son alone in critical phases of his addiction and thus contributed to his death.

In an interview with the Washington Post in 2019, Donald Trump admitted to having put his brother under pressure, which he regrets. He didn't understand why Fred Jr. didn't want to work in the family business. After several years in the company, during which he repeatedly clashed with his father, Fred Jr. joined Trans World Airlines as a pilot. But because of his addiction, he had to give up this dream as well.

Grandfather's “strange and harmful relationship” with his sons

According to the publisher, Mary Trump describes the "strange and harmful relationship" between her grandfather and his sons. The 55-year-old describes scenes that she experienced as a child in the house of her grandparents in the New York borough of Queens. "It describes a nightmare of trauma, destructive relationships, and a tragic combination of neglect and abuse," it says.

That obviously had consequences: Donald Trump was the favorite son. But after the father fell ill with Alzheimer's in the 1990s, he turned him away and ridiculed him. Fred Trump died in 1999.

The Daily Beast writes that Mary Trump also cited the president's sister, retired federal judge Maryanne Trump Barry, who uttered "confidential and damning thoughts" about the brother. Mary is probably not the only one in the family who is critical of Donald Trump.

Mary Trump held back a long time

Mary Trump, who has a daughter herself, now works as a life coach in Long Island / New York. For years she held back in public, there is little information about her on the Internet. On her Twitter account, which the British Daily Mail discovered, she spoke of the “worst night of her life” on the day her uncle was elected in 2016. Today she supports “Black Lives Matter”.

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Only after the death of her grandfather did she really step into the limelight, because she and her brother Fred III (57) did not want to accept that their inheritance of around 200,000 dollars each was significantly less than that of the other grandchildren. They accused Donald Trump of influencing the demented father in drawing up the will.

In response, the latter excluded her from family health insurance, which her grandfather financed for all of his lifetime. A dramatic step especially for Fred III, whose son William, who had suffered from cerebral palsy since birth, required extensive care.

Is there a confidentiality agreement?

The lawsuit ended in 2001 - according to media reports with a non-disclosure agreement that Mary signed. This "Non-Disclosure Agreement" should be the basis for Donald Trump's consideration of taking legal action against his niece's book. His lawyers are already examining how the publication can be prevented 98 days before the election.

The fact that the Trump book is particularly inconvenient is probably not only due to the moral abysses of the family that are described in it. But also because Mary Trump uncovered how she helped the “New York Times” with research on his finances, for example with her grandfather's tax documents.

The newspaper reported in 2018 that Donald Trump received (by today's standards) more than $ 400 million from his father's real estate empire. A large part of it is said to come from tax evasion in the 1990s. To this day, Trump refuses to publish his tax return.

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