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Trump dismissed claim in Mary Trump's new book that his father was a 'high-functioning sociopath'

July 19, 2020
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  • President Donald Trump dismissed his niece’s claims that his father, Fred Trump Sr., was a “high-functioning sociopath,” saying her comments about his parents in a new tell-all were “disgraceful.”

  • Mary, a clinical psychologist and the daughter of the president’s older brother Fred Trump Jr., has been the target of Trump’s ire with the debut of her book, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man.” 

  • The memoir contains newly revealed family anecdotes that paint a picture of ruthless competition dominating the Trump family that ultimately shaped the president’s personality and tendencies. 

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

President Donald Trump said Sunday that the most offensive claims in a new tell-all memoir authored by his niece concern his parents.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="In an interview with "Fox News Sunday," host Chris Wallace pointed to Mary Trump’s characterization of Fred Trump Sr. as a ruthless businessman who "needed to succeed at all costs" and "would do anything to get attention, financial rewards, and to ‘win.’"” data-reactid=”25″>In an interview with “Fox News Sunday,” host Chris Wallace pointed to Mary Trump’s characterization of Fred Trump Sr. as a ruthless businessman who “needed to succeed at all costs” and “would do anything to get attention, financial rewards, and to ‘win.'”

Trump conceded that his father “liked to win,” adding “my father was a good man, he was a strong man,” and it was “disgraceful” that Mary Trump had said otherwise.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Related: 6 times Trump contradicted coronavirus public officials” data-reactid=”27″>Related: 6 times Trump contradicted coronavirus public officials

Though the book also contains sharp characterizations about Trump himself, the president told Wallace that “it hurts me more about attacking my father, not being kind to my mother. I have a mother who was like a saint. She was incredible.”

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Mary, a clinical psychologist and the daughter of the president's older brother Fred Trump Jr., wrote in "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man," scores of previously unreported anecdotes that detail her interpretation of how the Trump family's ruthless dynamics contributed to the president's tendencies, Business Insider’s Ashley Coll man previously reported.” data-reactid=”33″>Mary, a clinical psychologist and the daughter of the president’s older brother Fred Trump Jr., wrote in “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,” scores of previously unreported anecdotes that detail her interpretation of how the Trump family’s ruthless dynamics contributed to the president’s tendencies, Business Insider’s Ashley Coll man previously reported.

Fred Sr. is described in the book as a “high-functioning sociopath,” who was at the heart of the family’s tense divisions. Trump dismissed the characterization to Wallace, saying his father was “the most solid person I’ve ever met.”

“If he was [a psychopath] I would tell you,” Trump said. “My father was – he was tough, he was tough on me, he was tough on all of the kids. But tough in a solid sense, in a really good sense. For her to say – I think the word she used was psychopath – what a disgrace. She ought to be ashamed of herself. That book is a lie.”

The president has previously touted his father as a personal hero, even displaying a photo of the late businessman and real estate developer in the Oval Office. 

Trump’s comments were aired one day after he retweeted a series of tweets targeting his niece, in one part calling her a “mess” and saying she wrote “untruthful things about my wonderful parents (who couldn’t stand her!)”

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Business Insider’s Charles Davis previously reported that Trump went on in the Friday evening Twitter spree to claim she is lying and revealing information that violates a non-disclosure agreement.” data-reactid=”38″>Business Insider’s Charles Davis previously reported that Trump went on in the Friday evening Twitter spree to claim she is lying and revealing information that violates a non-disclosure agreement.

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<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Trump spent Friday evening mad online about a new tell-all book from his niece Mary Trump” data-reactid=”41″>Trump spent Friday evening mad online about a new tell-all book from his niece Mary Trump

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="These 7 stories from Mary Trump’s book show Trump’s deep-rooted, strained relationship with his family” data-reactid=”42″>These 7 stories from Mary Trump’s book show Trump’s deep-rooted, strained relationship with his family

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Donald Trump personally used the N-word and anti-Semitic slurs, claims niece Mary Trump, expanding on allegation that they were common in her family” data-reactid=”43″>Donald Trump personally used the N-word and anti-Semitic slurs, claims niece Mary Trump, expanding on allegation that they were common in her family

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Mary Trump said ‘torture’ of immigrant children spurred her to speak out: ‘I needed to take a leap’” data-reactid=”44″>Mary Trump said ‘torture’ of immigrant children spurred her to speak out: ‘I needed to take a leap’

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Read the original article on Business Insider” data-reactid=”45″>Read the original article on Business Insider

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