What to Know About Mary L. Trump, Donald Trump's Niece and Author of 'Too Much and Never Enough'
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When Donald Trump moved into the White House, more than some of his family members came into the spotlight next to him. There doesn't seem to be a day when the public hears nothing of a Trump kid's exploits, be it Ivanka's poorly timed Instagram posts or Don Jr.'s right statements; Even lesser-known personalities such as Donald's sister Maryanne Trump Barry were examined again.
But until recently, little was heard of the president's niece, Mary Trump. With the news of her upcoming book on Donald Trump, that will change. Here's what you should know about Mary Lea Trump.
She is the daughter of Fred Trump Jr., Donald's older brother.
Mary is the eldest grandchild of the patriarch Fred Trump Sr. and the daughter of Fred Trump Jr. - the second of the five children of Fred Sr. and Mary Trump. Fred Trump Jr. died of a heart attack in 1981 at the age of 42 due to complications from alcoholism. He left two children - Mary L. Trump and Fred Trump III, then teenagers - with Linda Lee Clapp, his former wife.
Fred Jr.'s death left permanent scars in the family, including the current president. Fred Sr. had hoped that Fred Jr. would take over the family business, but Fred Jr. was reluctant and preferred to pursue a career as a pilot. "There was a lot of tension not only between the old man, but also between him and Donald," said Annamaria Forcier, a friend of Fred Jr. to the Washington Post in 2019. "There was a lot of tension because they didn't. " I don't want him to be an airline pilot. "
As you know, Fred Jr.’s fight against alcoholism would completely stop Donald from drinking. Donald Trump told the Washington Post: "I am sorry to have put pressure on him."
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Mary has largely stayed out of the spotlight.
Unlike some other family members, Mary has chosen to live largely under the radar. Not much is known about her personal life, except that the 55-year-old lives in New York with her daughter and is an expert in psychology. Mary holds a master's degree in literature from Columbia University and a doctorate in psychology from Adelphi University (CNN). According to her biography on the Simon & Schuster website, she has taught courses in trauma, psychopathology and developmental psychology.
She has a Twitter account in which she points out her political views. In her biography she writes "Black Lives Matter" and has an emoji of the LGBTQ rainbow flag.
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She once spoke about the Trump family.
Mary publicly struck her extended family in the way that Fred Trump Sr.'s estate was treated after his death in 1999.
After Fred III and Mary learned that they would receive a much smaller portion of Fred Sr.'s estate than expected, they filed lawsuits to question the outcome and claimed that Donald had pressured Fred Sr. to change his will while Fred Sr. was suffering from the effects of dementia.
Her brother Fred III had recently had a child with cerebral palsy who needed expensive medical care. The costs were covered by Trump's business insurance. But after Fred III and Mary contested Fred Sr.'s will, Robert, Maryanne, and Donald dropped medical care for Fred III's little son in retaliation.
"When [Fred III] sued us, we said, 'Why should we get medical insurance for him?'" Donald told the New York Daily News in 2000.
Mary also spoke to the Daily News for the article. "Given this family, it would be absolutely naive to say that it has nothing to do with money. But for both me and my brother, it has a lot more to do with our father being recognized," she said. "He existed, he lived, he was her eldest son. And William is my father's grandson. He is as much a part of this family as everyone else. He needs extra care."
The dispute was resolved confidentially.
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Now it will cause a sensation.
In June, the Daily Beast broke the story that Mary should publish a tell-all about the Trump family. The much anticipated "Too Much and Never Enough": How my family created the most dangerous man in the world will hit the shelves on July 28, 2020.
"Mary L. Trump has the education, insight, and familiarity to reveal what makes Donald and the rest of her clan tick," the publisher Simon & Schuster promises, adding that Mary "unites" Nightmare of "will reveal trauma, destructive relationships, and a tragic combination of neglect and abuse" in the upcoming book.
According to the Daily Beast, Mary in Too Much and Never Enough also reveals that she was a major source of the New York Times' pioneering investigation into Donald Trump's taxes.
Donald Trump recently told Axios that Mary "was not allowed to write a book" because she signed a nondisclosure agreement in 2001 after the dispute over Fred Sr.'s estate. Trump's statements to Axios confirmed a separate Daily Beast article reporting Mary's NDA. Neither Mary Trump nor Simon & Schuster have commented on these recent reports.
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