In a highly contentious interview with Fox News’s Chris Wallace, President Trump said he felt the subject matter in his niece Mary Trump’s memoir about his parents was even more hurtful than anything written about him personally.
When Wallace asked if it “hurt … at all” to be “attacked in such personal terms” by his niece, Trump replied, “It hurts me more about attacking my father, not being kind to my mother. I have a mother who was like a saint.”
The president said, “Let me just tell you, my father was — I think he was the most solid person I’ve ever met. And he was a very good person.
He was a very, very good person. He was strong but he was good.
For her to say the kind of things, a psychopath, that he was a psychopath, anybody that knew Fred Trump would call him a psychopath?”
Trump defended his father even as he admitted he was “tough on me, he was tough on all of the kids.” He said he was tough “but tough in a solid sense, in a really good sense.”
Trump’s niece Mary Trump has penned a memoir, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,” in which she says Trump’s father is a “high-functioning sociopath” who created an “atmosphere of division” among his children.
Mary Trump is a clinical psychologist and she wrote that Trump’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 neuropsychological tests that he’ll never sit for.”
Trump used Twitter to fire back at his niece, calling her “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” a nondisclosure agreement that had to be signed as part of Fred Trump’s estate settlement.
The president has also accused her of illegally releasing some of his financial information to The New York Times.