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In upcoming book, the president's niece says he practices 'cheating as a way of life'

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 7/6/2020 By Chris Sommerfeldt, New York Daily News
Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: Framed photographs of U.S. President Donald Trump's parents, Fred and Mary Trump, sit on a table in the Oval Office while the president meets with FIFA President Gianni Infantino at the White House August 28, 2018 in Washington, DC. © Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images North America/TNS Framed photographs of U.S. President Donald Trump's parents, Fred and Mary Trump, sit on a table in the Oval Office while the president meets with FIFA President Gianni Infantino at the White House August 28, 2018 in Washington, DC.

A forthcoming book by President Donald Trump’s estranged niece describes him as a “toxic” bully who practices “cheating as a way of life,” values money above anything and belittles his own family members, according to a Monday press release.

In addition to those damning details, the press release from publisher Simon & Schuster says Mary Trump’s book, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,” will now be released July 14, two weeks earlier than planned — even though the president’s brother is trying to block the tell-all in court.

The publisher said it’s moving up the release date due to “high demand and extraordinary interest.”

“(It) is the story of the most visible and powerful family in the world. And I am the only Trump who is willing to tell it,” Mary Trump, 55, writes in an excerpt of the book’s prologue included in Monday’s release.

Having spent much time at the sprawling Queens home where President Trump and his siblings grew up, Mary Trump speaks from firsthand experience as she delves into embarrassing accounts about the leader of the free world, the press release states.

She recounts the “strange and harmful relationship” between her uncle and her father, Fred Trump Jr., who died young after a long battle with alcoholism, according to Simon & Schuster.

She also recalls the “appalling way Donald, Fred Trump’s favorite son, dismissed and derided him when he began to succumb to Alzheimer’s” in the late 1990s, the publisher says.

Other “explosive” portions of the book include vivid descriptions of the “twisted” values and behaviors Trump picked up as a young man, including:

— “Financial worth is the same as self-worth; humans are only valued in monetary terms.”

— “A ‘killer’ instinct is revered, while qualities like empathy, kindness and expertise are punished.”

— “Taking responsibility for your failures is discouraged.”

— “Cheating as a way of life.”

Mary Trump, a clinical psychologist who has severed nearly all ties with her family, draws a parallel between the president’s uncharismatic character traits and his upbringing.

“Love meant nothing to Fred; he expected obedience, that was all,” she writes in another excerpt, referring to the president’s late father. “Over time, Donald became afraid that asking for comfort or attention would provoke his father’s anger or indifference when Donald was most vulnerable. … Donald suffered deprivations that would scar him for life.”

Mary Trump’s soon-to-be-released book has drawn a lawsuit from the president’s family.

Filed by Robert Trump, the president’s younger brother, the lawsuit charges that the book should never see the light of day because it allegedly violates a nondisclosure agreement Mary Trump signed in 2001 after the family divvied up the estate of family patriarch Fred Trump Sr.

The legal action remains pending in Dutchess County Supreme Court in New York.

However, the presiding judge has signaled that, even if Robert Trump’s hush agreement argument holds water, it could be hard to block the book’s release, since the publisher has already circulated copies.

A federal judge in Washington recently declined to block the publication of former Trump national security adviser John Bolton’s book because hundreds of thousands of copies were already in circulation.

Charles Harder, Robert Trump’s lawyer, did not return a request for comment.

Trump, who did not appear in public Monday, maintains his niece can’t publish because of the decades-old nondisclosure agreement, recently telling news outlet Axios, “she’s not allowed to write a book.”

Chris Bastardi, a spokesman for Mary Trump, questioned why the Trump family continues to fight if the president has nothing to hide.

“The act by a sitting president to muzzle a private citizen is just the latest in a series of disturbing behaviors which have already destabilized a fractured nation in the face of a global pandemic,” Bastardi said. “If Mary cannot comment, one can only help but wonder: What is Donald Trump so afraid of?”

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Gallery: Meet Mary Trump, the president's niece who is a life coach, apparent Hillary Clinton fan, and has written a scathing tell-all about her uncle (Business Insider)

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