Trump says his niece Mary can't publish a tell-all because she signed a 'very powerful' NDA — and says his family was blindsided by the book

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President Donald Trump at the White House on Thursday.
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President Donald Trump's niece, Mary Trump, is preparing to publish a book about her family and the man she describes as her "dangerous" uncle.
Your book is scheduled for publication on July 28th. The Simon & Schuster publishing house says it will be an "insightful, authoritative portrait of Donald J. Trump and the poisonous family that made him".
The president commented on reports about the book in an interview with Axios published on Sunday, saying that Mary was "not allowed to write a book" because she had signed a family nondisclosure agreement.
He also said that some members of his family were blind to the book, and he emphatically contested a claim that related to his relationship with his father.
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President Donald Trump spoke for the first time in an interview with Axios about his niece's upcoming tell-all.
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Mary Trump's "Too Much and Never Enough" is scheduled to be released on July 28th.
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He also said the book surprised members of their family, and he contested one of the book's claims.
"She is not allowed to write a book," Trump said to Jonathan Swan from Axios, adding that she "signed a secret" when he settled a lawsuit from her and her brother Fred Trump III.
The settlement Trump was referring to was a problem with his father's estate.
Mary's father, Fred Trump Jr., died of alcoholism in 1981 at the age of 42. When Fred Trump died in 1999, Mary Trump and Fred Trump III denied the will and said they should have received their father's share in the will if he had survived his father.
The case was settled privately.
Donald Trump said the nondisclosure agreement was "very powerful" and "covers everything".
The Daily Beast reported last week that Trump had told his inner circle that his lawyers were investigating what they could do to legally threaten his niece over the book.
The president said he was not the only member of his family who was shocked to learn that his niece was planning a tell-all about him. He said his younger brother Robert was "very angry" too.
Trump also said he had a "good relationship" with Mary's brother and said he only brought him to the White House for another reason last week.
Simon & Schuster has released a statement describing Too Much and Never Enough as "a revealing, authoritative portrait of Donald J. Trump and the poisonous family that created him."
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A screenshot of a Twitter profile that is believed to belong to Mary Trump, the president's niece.
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As a clinical psychologist, "Mary L. Trump has the training, insight, and familiarity to reveal what makes Donald and the rest of her clan tick," said Simon & Schuster.
The book will claim in detail that Trump "fired and ridiculed" his own father when, according to Simon & Schuster, the older Trump began to succumb to Alzheimer's in the 1990s.
The President disagreed with this claim in his interview with Axios, saying "it's completely wrong" and "actually the opposite".
"I didn't know she said that," said Trump. "It's a shameful thing to say."
Simon & Schuster and the White House did not immediately respond to Business Insider's requests for comments.
The book, due to be released on July 28, is number 4 on the Amazon bestseller list for books.
Earlier this month, the Trump administration sued Trump's former national security advisor John Bolton for his upcoming book for containing classified information.
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