The White House on Tuesday denounced a tell-all memoir by President Trump’s niece as a “book of falsehoods” that “obviously” wasn’t fact-checked before being rushed into print.
“It’s ridiculous, absurd allegations that have absolutely no bearing in truth,” Trump’s press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, told reporters.
“Have yet to see the book, but it is a book of falsehoods.”
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway also questioned the veracity of the claims reportedly leveled by Mary Trump in advance copies of “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man” that were obtained by various news outlets.
“As for books generally, obviously they’re not fact-checked, nobody’s under oath,” Conway said.
Conway said that “family matters are family matters” and attacked Mary Trump, a clinical psychologist, for “giving her opinion about somebody who is not her” patient.
Conway also noted Trump’s sister, former federal appeals judge Maryanne Trump Barry, had attended the president’s inauguration and that she and Trump “are in touch otherwise, they are siblings” — despite a claim in the book that Barry had harsh words for her brother’s candidacy.
“As I say, unlike many of you, I don’t like to get involved in people’s family business,” Conway told reporters.
“I certainly wouldn’t if I was troubled, thin-skinned and living in a glass house — like so many people these days seem to think things are their business.”
In her book, Mary Trump recalls that Barry initially dismissed Trump’s bid for the White House, according to CNN.
“‘He’s a clown,’ my aunt Maryanne said during one of our regular lunches at the time. ‘This will never happen,’” Mary reportedly wrote.
Barry also accused her brother of having “no principles” and called his support among evangelical Christians “mind boggling,” according to the New York Times.
“The only time Donald went to church was when the cameras were there,” Mary quotes her aunt as saying.
The book also alleges that Trump paid a pal to take the SAT college-entrance exams for him, according to reports.
Mary claims that Trump’s personality was warped by the domineering behavior of his late father, Fred Trump Sr., who she labels a sociopath, according to the Washington Post.
As a result, Mary claims, for Trump, “lying was primarily a mode of self-aggrandizement meant to convince other people he was better than he actually was.”
She also alleges that her uncle meets all nine clinical criteria for being a narcissist, according to the Times, but adds: “Donald’s pathologies are so complex and his behaviors so often inexplicable that coming up with an accurate and comprehensive diagnosis would require a full battery of psychological and neurophysical tests that he’ll never sit for.”
Trump’s younger brother, Robert, sued to block publication of Mary’s memoir, but a judge last week cleared the way for its release by Simon & Schuster, which on Monday said it would hit the shelves on July 14, two weeks ahead of schedule.
Mary still faces a ruling over allegations that writing the book violated the terms of a 2001 non-disclosure agreement tied to the settlement of Fred Trump’s estate.
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