Mary L. Trump's Tell-All Book Temporarily Blocked from Publication

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From Town & Country

When Donald Trump moved into the White House, more than a few of his family members stepped into the spotlight alongside him. It seems not a day goes by that the public doesn't hear about a Trump kid's exploits, whether it be Ivanka's poorly-timed Instagram posts or Don Jr.'s right-wing pronouncements; even lesser-known figures, like Donald's sister Maryanne Trump Barry, have found themselves under renewed scrutiny.

But until very recently, the President's niece, Mary Trump, had been hardly heard from at all. With the announcement of her forthcoming book about Donald Trump—and now, the news that its publication has been temporarily blocked by a judge (more on that below)—that's about to change. Here, what you should know about Mary Lea Trump.

She's the daughter of Fred Trump Jr., Donald's older brother.

Mary is the eldest grandchild of patriarch Fred Trump Sr., and the daughter of Fred Trump Jr.—the second of Fred Sr. and Mary Trump's five children. Fred Trump Jr. died from a heart attack, due to complications from alcoholism, at age 42 in 1981. He left behind two children—Mary L. Trump and Fred Trump III, teenagers at the time—with Linda Lee Clapp, his onetime wife.

Fred Jr.'s death left enduring scars on the family, including the now-President. Fred Sr. had hoped that Fred Jr. would take over the family business, but Fred Jr. was reticent to do so, preferring to pursue a career as a pilot. "There was a lot of tension between not only the old man but also between him and Donald," one of Fred Jr.'s friends, Annamaria Forcier, told the Washington Post in 2019. "There was a lot of tension because they didn’t want him to be an airline pilot."

Famously, Fred Jr.'s struggle with alcoholism would put Donald off drinking entirely. Donald Trump told the Washington Post, "I do regret having put pressure on him."

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Mary has mostly stayed out of the spotlight.

Unlike some other members of her family, Mary has chosen to live largely under the radar. Not much is known about her personal life, other than that the 55-year-old lives with her daughter in New York, and is an expert in psychology. Mary holds a master's degree in literature from Columbia University and a doctorate in psychology from Adelphi University, per CNN; according to her biography on the Simon & Schuster website, she's taught courses in trauma, psychopathology, and developmental psychology.

She does have a Twitter account, in which she hints at her political views. In her bio, she writes "Black Lives Matter," and has an emoji of the LGBTQ rainbow flag.

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She did speak out once about the Trump family.

Mary publicly slammed her extended family about the way Fred Trump Sr.'s estate was handled after his death in 1999.

After Fred III and Mary learned that they would received a far smaller portion of Fred Sr.'s estate than they expected, they filed lawsuits to challenge the outcome, alleging that Donald had pressured Fred Sr. to change his will while Fred Sr. was suffering the effects of dementia.

Her brother, Fred III, had recently had a child with cerebral palsy, who required pricey medical care. The expenses had been covered by a Trump company insurance plan. But after Fred III and Mary challenged Fred Sr.'s will, Robert, Maryanne, and Donald dropped the medical coverage for Fred III's young son in retaliation.

"When [Fred III] sued us, we said, 'Why should we give him medical coverage?'" Donald told the New York Daily News in 2000.

Mary also spoke to the Daily News for the article. "Given this family, it would be utterly naive to say it has nothing to do with money. But for both me and my brother, it has much more to do with that our father be recognized," she said. "He existed, he lived, he was their oldest son. And William is my father's grandson. He is as much a part of that family as anybody else. He desperately needs extra care."

The dispute was settled confidentially.

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Now, she's about to make a big splash.

In June, the Daily Beast broke the story that Mary was set to publish a tell-all about the Trump family. The highly-anticipated Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man is slated to hit shelves on July 28, 2020.

"Mary L. Trump has the education, insight, and intimate familiarity needed to reveal what makes Donald, and the rest of her clan, tick," promises the description on publisher Simon & Schuster's site, adding that Mary will disclose "a nightmare of traumas, destructive relationships, and a tragic combination of neglect and abuse" in the forthcoming book.

Per the Daily Beast, Mary also reveals in Too Much and Never Enough that she was a primary source for the New York Times's landmark investigation into Donald Trump's taxes.

On June 21, Donald Trump told Axios that Mary is "not allowed to write a book" because she had signed a non-disclosure agreement in 2001, following the dispute over Fred Sr.'s estate. Trump's statements to Axios confirmed a separate Daily Beast article, which reported Mary's NDA.

Robert Trump sued Mary to attempt to stop the book's publication, citing the 2001 NDA. On June 3o, a New York state Supreme Court judge temporarily blocked the publication of Mary's book, ahead of a July 1o hearing for the case. Mary's attorney pledged to appeal the decision. "This book, which addresses matters of great public concern and importance about a sitting president in election year, should not be suppressed even for one day," the lawyer said, per People. Simon & Schuster pledged to appeal as well.

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