Tell-all book by Trump niece to be released next week

Clay Curtis
July 8, 2020

The book, published by Simon and Schuster, is set to go on sale Tuesday, but a legal fight is being waged by the president's brother, Robert Trump, who argues that the book violates a confidentiality agreement that Mary Trump signed almost 20 years ago. The revised date came after a NY appellate court cleared the way for the book's publication following a legal challenge. Mary Trump is the daughter of Fred Trump Jr., the president's elder brother, who died in 1981.

Mary Trump, who is a clinical psychologist and the president's niece, argues in her book that her uncle is a reflection of dysfunction within the Trump family.

Mary Trump's book Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man charges that Donald Trump's father created a toxic family dynamic that explains the President, and that she could "no longer remain silent" following the past three years of his presidency.

The legal tussle over the book centers around a nondisclosure agreement that Mary signed 20 years ago to settle a dispute over the estate of her grandfather Fred Sr.

However, Donald Trump escaped his father's scorn, Mary Trump wrote, because "his personality served his father's goal". As part of a settlement agreement, the complaint says, the family members - including Mary Trump - could not publish any accounts of the litigation that had ensued.

The memoir is also due to reveal that Mary was the crucial source for explosive New York Times reporting on Trump's finances, which suggested the billionaire paid little in tax for decades, according to The Daily Beast. "The only time Donald went to church was when the cameras were there", Mary Trump claims her aunt said.

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The president's brother Robert tried to bar publication of the book.

It is not yet clear whether Mary Trump has the right to help publicly promote her book, at least until a judge in Poughkeepsie (New York) rules.

Although "Too Much and Never Enough" isn't out yet, it is already No. 1 on Amazon.

"When there is a breach of contract, that does not stop speech", says Katie Townsend, legal director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, which filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case.

"By limiting Donald's access to his own feelings and rendering many of them unacceptable, Fred perverted his son's perception of the world and damaged his ability to live in it", Ms Trump writes at one point, according to The Washington Post.

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