Mary Trump, the niece of Donald Trump, has said the United States is “in the terrible place we are” because family members, including the President, view illness as “a sign of unforgivable weakness,” whether or not they in such a state are yourself or others.
Mary Trump, who recently published Too Much and Never Enough, How My Family Made the Most Dangerous Man in the World, said of the fresh air of NPR, “This is why we are in the terrible place we are. because he cannot admit that he is weak or that other people are sick. “
She spoke when the U.S. President was criticized by doctors for unnecessarily exposing his staff and security detail to the coronavirus by driving past to wave to supporters outside Walter Reed̵
Mary Trump is suing the president and two of his siblings, claiming they cheated them out of millions of dollars over several decades while ousting them from the family business.
On Sunday, Mary Trump said both the President and his father, Fred Trump, believed that illness was “unacceptable”. “Which sounds incredibly cruel, but just happens to be true,” she said.
She shared how this belief affected her grandmother, who suffered from osteoporosis, and said that she would return from the hospital and need care and physical therapy, but her grandfather Fred Trump “couldn’t tolerate it. You know he would be in the room with her. And as soon as she began to show that she was in physical pain, he said, “Everything is great, right. Everything is great.’ And he would leave the room. “
When asked how the response to illness was expressed, Mary Trump said the attitude is driven by the fact that her grandfather “was never sick. Ever. “
Fred Trump’s adherence to the philosophies of Norman Vincent Peale, an American ministerial and motivational speaker close to the Trump family and serving in Trump’s first marriage, was brought to such an extreme level that it was toxic because it left no room for utterance From what he saw as negativity of all kinds, you know, sadness, despair, physical illness, “said Mary Trump.
Friedrich Trump, Mary Trump’s great-grandfather and grandfather of the President, was killed by Spanish influenza in the 1918 pandemic. Mary Trump said her uncle “forgot”.