Donald Trump Said He's Getting Lawyers Involved After Niece Announces Scathing Tell-All: Report
President Donald Trump has not publicly commented on the upcoming niece Mary Trump's book about her family.
However, according to The Daily Beast, he privately "told people around him that he was getting his lawyers to deal with the matter."
The website reports that Mary, 55, signed a non-disclosure agreement after a 2001 settlement.
She and her brother Fred Trump III had sued their aunts and uncles in 2000 for misconduct in their grandfather's will, Fred Trump Sr., leaving most of his wealth to his four living children, with no fifth share going to Fred Trump Jr ., who died in 1981.
74-year-old President Trump later told the New York Times that the estate war had been "very amicably settled."
The NDA Mary signed, according to The Daily Beast, "that it must not publish anything regarding the lawsuit or its relationship with [Trump Jr.'s siblings] Donald, Maryanne, and Robert."
(The organization of the White House and Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday. Efforts to reach Mary were unsuccessful.)
President Trump has a long tradition of suing or suing his opponents, and it is unclear what formal response his lawyers would give, if any.
An injunction letter was among the options that The Daily Beast considered considering responding to Mary.
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Tasos Katopodis / Getty; Mary Trump / Twitter From left: President Donald Trump and Mary Trump
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Mary's publisher claims that her upcoming "Too Much and Never Enough" will be an "insightful, authoritative portrait of Donald J. Trump and the poisonous family that made him", based on personal experience, including early years in the house of her grandparents in New York City.
"It describes a nightmare of trauma, destructive relationships and a tragic combination of neglect and abuse," the book says. "She explains how certain events and general family patterns created the damaged man who currently occupies the Oval Office."
According to her publisher, Mary is a clinical psychologist.
"She tells in ruthless detail about Donald's place in the family spotlight and Ivana's fondness for her grandmother's frequent injuries and illnesses and the horrific way Donald, Fred Trump's favorite son, released and ridiculed him when he started to succumb to Alzheimer's" is the description of the book.
Mary also writes about "the strange and harmful relationship between Fred Trump and his two oldest sons": their father and the president.
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The White House often draws on flattering memories from former officials or unauthorized biographies of the first family.
A new biography of Melania Trump was mocked as "fiction" by her spokeswoman, although it was based on more than 100 interviews.
To some of the details in this book, White House spokesman Judd Deere responded separately: "These allegations could not be further from the truth ... hit pieces like this are only used to conjure up non-existent palace intrigue stories that are not worth the paper they are printed on. "
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