Trump’s Niece From Long Island Set To Publish Tell-All

Donald Trump
President Donald Trump spoke at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood on Friday, July 28, 2017.

Mary Trump, President Donald Trump’s niece from Long Island, will soon publish a scathing tell-all book about her uncle — marking the first time one of his family members airs his dirty laundry.

Simon & Schuster confirmed Monday that it will publish the 240-page book, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man, which is scheduled to be released on July 28.

“In this revelatory, authoritative portrait of Donald J. Trump and the toxic family that made him, Mary L. Trump, a trained clinical psychologist and Donald’s only niece, shines a bright light on the dark history of their family in order to explain how her uncle became the man who now threatens the world’s health, economic security, and social fabric,” the publisher wrote in a preview of the book. “She alone can recount this fascinating, unnerving saga, not just because of her insider’s perspective but also because she is the only Trump willing to tell the truth about one of the world’s most powerful and dysfunctional families.”

Mary, 55, is the daughter of the president’s older brother, Fred Trump Jr., who died of a heart attack in 1981 at age 42 due to complications related to alcoholism. The president told The Washington Post last year that he regretted pressuring his older brother to get into the family real estate business despite Fred Jr.’s reluctance. 

The Daily Beast reported Monday that in the book, Mary reveals that she was the source that provided The New York Times with her grandfather Fred Trump Sr.’s tax returns, exposing the president’s role in an allegedly fraudulent tax scheme — which involved several properties on LI — detailed in the newspaper’s Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation. 

The president’s niece and his alleged tax scheme isn’t his only ties to the Island. Key to helping him get elected was reclusive billionaire hedge fund manager, political mega-donor, and Head of The Harbor resident Robert Mercer, who co-founded Cambridge Analytica, the political consulting firm that abused Facebook data to help Trump’s 2016 campaign. Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman who pleaded guilty to conspiracy and witness tampering, forfeited his $2 million Bridgehampton mansion before being sentenced to 7 1/2 years in federal prison. And the president’s former personal attorney, Lawrence native Michael Cohen, who was released early from federal prison last month due to coronavirus concerns, had pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations, tax fraud, and bank fraud for, among other things, paying hush money to porn stars with whom Trump allegedly had affairs.

Two of the president’s spokesmen also lived on LI. His first White House spokesman, Sean Spicer, who infamously started his first day on the job by stating that Trump’s inauguration was the most-attended presidential swearing-in ceremony ever despite photos proving the contrary, was born in Manhasset. And Anthony Scaramucci, who was White House spokesman for 11 days — tying for the shortest tenure in that title — was raised in Port Washington.

Many former members of the Trump administration have gone on to publish books about their experiences — both positive and negative. Trump’s niece’s book will come out shortly after former national security adviser John Bolton‘s new tell-all book, The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir, was set to be published on June 23, until Trump sued to block its release.

Mary’s book is due to be released a month before the Republican National Convention in the final months before the presidential elections as her uncle seeks a second term. But the bad blood between the president and his niece goes back decades. She and her brother, Fred Trump III, sued in 2000 for not getting a larger piece of their grandfather’s inheritance, which they argued was needed to help afford medical care for Fred’s son, William, who has cerebral palsy.

“My aunt and uncles should be ashamed of themselves,” Mary told the New York Daily News in a rare interview 20 years ago. “I’m sure they are not.”

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