On Fox News Sunday, President Donald Trump commented on his niece Mary Trump and her book "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man." The book set a record for Simon & Schuster, which sold 950,000 copies on Thursday, and includes presales. Trump labeled his niece's book "vicious" and "stupid."
Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace spoke about Mary Trump's main points. In the book, she said that the president's father Fred Trump Sr. destroyed the family.
When she spoke to ABC News on Thursday, Mary said, "He learned to become the killer you mentioned. The man who needs to succeed at all costs...who will do anything to get attention, financial rewards and to win."
Wallace questioned Trump on Mary's interview and said, "Do you see any truth in that?"
Trump responded, "My father liked to win. My father was a very good man. He was a strong man." He said that his niece was not a family favorite and that his family had no respect or liked her. He continued, "It's disgraceful she said that. I would've never said that except she writes a book that's so stupid and so vicious and it's a lie. My father was a great, wonderful man."
Trump said he spent little time with his niece, and with her current actions, he is glad that he didn't. Mary, a clinical psychologist and daughter of his brother Fred Trump Jr. who died in 1981 received Trump's ire with her tell-all book.
Wallace discussed Trump's "thick skin," which he developed after years of being attacked both by the press and in this instance, his political opponents. However, it is a different matter when it comes to family. When asked about Mary's actions, Trump expressed that he was hurt. He said, "Yeah, it hurts me more about attacking my father, not being kind to my mother. I have a mother who was a saint. She was incredible. She was an incredible woman and she (Mary Trump) was nasty even to my mother. She's a very scarred person. She was not much of a family person."
Trump defended his father, saying, "He was a very, very good person. He was strong, but he was good." He said that his father was tough on all of them, but " in a solid sense, in a really good sense." For Mary to write about him, Trump claimed, "For her to say-I think the word she used was psychopath-what a disgrace. She should be ashamed of herself. That book is a lie."
The president's younger brother Robert Trump filed a legal action after Mary's book was printed. In June, the legal action was meant to stop the book's release and cited a nondisclosure agreement she signed in 2001 in a settlement over her inheritance.