Trump’s smarter sister: the self-made woman who sees her brother ...

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Trump’s smarter sister: the self-made woman who sees her brother as a clown

If the niece’s book is to be believed, there’s no love lost between the president and his elder sister

Harry Mount

“How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child!” cried King Lear. But what about a thankless niece? That’s what President Trump must be asking himself as Mary Trump makes some explosive allegations about Uncle Donald in her new memoir, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man.

With a title like that, no wonder the president’s family tried to stop it from being published. But they have failed, so far – and now it is due to come out next week, subject to further legal attempts to gag it.

In the book, 55-year-old Mary alleges her uncle suffered “child abuse” at the hands of his father, Fred Trump; saying that “love meant nothing” to the man who built up the huge family fortune and bailed out his son when he almost went bankrupt. Mary is the daughter of Fred Trump jnr, the president’s older brother, who should have been the heir to the Trump empire, but died in 1981, aged 42, from the effects of alcoholism...

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