Donald Trump attacks ‘seldom-seen niece’ Mary Trump over new highly critical book
Donald Trump has described his psychologist niece as a “mess” who knows little about him after she criticised the US President as a narcissist who was “utterly incapable” of leading the country.
- Ms Trump says in the book that Mr Trump is psychologically damaged and fits all nine criteria for narcissism
- The book was released after a judge lifted an order blocking its publication
- The book 950,000 copies on its first day of release, a record for the publisher
Mr Trump posted a series of tweets on Friday attacking Mary Trump over her tell-all book about life in the Trump family, which traces the President’s governing style back to his upbringing.
Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man was released last week after a New York Supreme Court judge lifted an order that had blocked Ms Trump from publicising or distributing her work.
In the book, Ms Trump, a trained psychologist and the President’s only niece, characterises Mr Trump as a narcissist, saying “he meets all nine criteria as outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.”
Ms Trump has since criticised the President further in television interviews promoting the book, describing Mr Trump as “utterly incapable of leading this country” in an interview with America’s ABC News, saying it was “dangerous to allow him to do so”.
“Donald is a psychologically deeply damaged man, based on his upbringing and the situation with his parents,” she told CNN.
“He is not going to get better, and he is, without question, going to get worse.”
Having not commented on the book since its release, Mr Trump took aim at Ms Trump on Twitter, describing her as the latest in a line of people releasing books about him.
“Next up is Mary Trump, a seldom-seen niece who knows little about me, says untruthful things about my wonderful parents (who couldn’t stand her! and me, and violated her NDA,” he wrote.
“She also broke the Law by giving out my tax returns. She’s a mess!”
Mr Trump told news website Axios last month that the publication of Ms Trump’s book would violate a nondisclosure agreement signed by his niece.
On the eve of its publication, Mary Trump’s book was ranked at the top of the Amazon list of best-selling books.
The Los Angeles Times said the book sold 950,000 copies on its first day of release, a sales record for publisher Simon and Schuster.