Mary L. Trump
Mary L. Trump is an American psychologist, and a member of the promient Trump family. She is the eldest child of Fred Trump Jr., and the eldest grand-daughter of Fred Trump Sr., the father of President Donald Trump.
Mary was about to publish a book criticizing her uncle Donald Trump, in July 2020. In June 2020, her uncle hinted he might sue, to block publication. Her book's title was "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man."
Her father, Fred Trump Jr., opted out of working in real estate, with his father and younger brothers, Donald and Robert. He became an airline pilot, and married Linda, a stewardess. Linda bore a baby brother, Fred Trump III, prior to divorce.
Her father died in 1981, when she and her younger brother were teenagers.
Acrimony over her grandfather's estate
Her wealthy grandfather, died in 1999, at 93 years old, after years of suffering from alzheimer's syndrome. There are surviving notes from his lawyer, suggesting that he amend his last will, following the early death of her father. His will left $200,000 to each grandchild, but split most of his estate between his children. When her father died her grandfather's lawyer recommended that if he didn't leave a larger share of the estate to her and her brother than the grandchildren with surviving parents it would expose the will to future challenges.
She and her brother did contest the will, claiming, that when Fred Sr was still mentally competent, he had intended to split the bulk of his estate, equally, to his five children, and their descendants.
Fred Sr had created a trust fund to pay the medical costs of his family. Shortly after Fred Sr.'s death Mary's brother's wife bore a child with a rare neurological disorder, that inflicted him with seizures. It was a condition projected to impose huge on-going medical expenses on his parents. Donald Trump has acknowledged he advised Mary and her brother that their medical expenses would no longer be covered by the trust fund Fred Sr. set up as an act of retaliation for suing for a greater share of the estate.
A settlement was reached, under which Mary and Fred III agreed they would not receive a larger share of the inheritance, but would be re-instated in the family medical trust. Donald Trump would describe this settlement as "amicable".
Her own father, Fred Trump Jr., died in 1981. It was during the acrimonious legal disputes over her grandfather's estate that Mary acquired the tax documents she made available to The New York Times.
The 2020 book
- Amber Garrett (2020-06-14). "One of Donald Trump's Biggest Opponents Is His Niece, Mary". Distractify. https://www.distractify.com/p/mary-trump-phd-book. Retrieved 2020-06-16. "Donald Trump's niece, Mary L. Trump, Ph.D., will release a tell-all book this summer about her uncle, the 45th president of the United States. But it turns out, she's already told plenty. While her book will go into more detail about the matter, the 55-year-old was the primary source on the Pulitzer-Prize-winning New York Times article about her uncle's tax returns."
- Asawin Suebsaeng; Lachlan Cartwright (2020-06-14). "Revealed: The Family Member Who Turned on Trump". The Daily Beast. https://www.thedailybeast.com/mary-trump-donald-trumps-niece-is-writing-a-tell-all-book-that-details-how-she-leaked-tax-papers-to-nyt. Retrieved 2020-06-16. "This past Sunday, news broke that the president’s niece, Mary Trump, was on track to publish a “harrowing and salacious” book this summer about her world-famous uncle. By Sunday night, the president had been privately briefed on what he could expect from the upcoming book. By Tuesday, he had begun discussing siccing his lawyers on his niece."
- Joe Pompeo (2020-06-16). ""She feels very determined": How Mary Trump's coming bombshell was built". Vanity Fair. https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2020/06/how-mary-trumps-coming-bombshell-was-built. Retrieved 2020-06-16.
- Ashley Collman (2020-06-16). "Trump is reportedly looking into suing his niece to stop her from publishing a tell-all book about him". Business Insider. https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-considers-suing-niece-mary-tell-all-book-nda-report-2020-6. Retrieved 2020-06-16.
- Heidi Evans (2000-12-19). "Inside Trumps' bitter battle nephew's ailing baby caught in the middle". New York Daily News. https://www.nydailynews.com/archives/news/trumps-bitter-battle-nephew-ailing-baby-caught-middle-article-1.888562. Retrieved 2020-06-16. "Both lawsuits were filed by Fred Trump 3rd and Mary Trump, the children of Donald's late brother, Fred Jr. They offer a rare window into one of New York's most prominent families, a world where alliances and rivalries are magnified by power, money and the tough-nosed tactics of Donald Trump. "When [Fred 3rd] sued us, we said, 'Why should we give him medical coverage?'""
- Hope Coke (2020-06-17). "Will Donald Trump sue his niece over tell-all memoir?". The Tatler. https://www.tatler.com/article/donald-trump-to-sue-niece-mary-trump-over-memoir-legal-action-too-much-and-never-enough. Retrieved 2020-06-23. "The Daily Beast alleges that within days of the news breaking about the book on Sunday, the President had begun considering legal action against his niece. The news outlet states that ‘two people familiar with the situation’ attested that Donald Trump has ‘told people close to him that he’s getting his lawyers to look into the Mary Trump matter’."