Don Jr. breaks the family’s silence about Mary Trump and claims he didn’t see her in the White House
Donald Trump Jr. broke silence on Wednesday about his cousin Mary Trump’s story about the Trumps, suggesting she didn’t know much about his family at all
“If she was there, I don’t remember seeing her, and apart from possibly that one big family gathering, I don’t believe I’ve seen her in about 20 years,” Trump Jr. tweeted. in reply to a tweet from radio show host Mark Simone.
Simone accused the media of not asking Mary Trump if she met President Donald Trump.
Donald Trump Jr. broke his silence over his cousin Mary Trump’s account of the Trump family, suggesting she really didn’t know the family
Donald Trump Jr. said he could not remember seeing Mary Trump at a White House meeting she describes in the book. She recalled that Trump Jr. was there and called him “Donny.”
Mary Trump was asked why she decided to go to the White House in 2017 and said she did because they were celebrating her Aunt Maryanne’s birthday and they got close
Mary Trump, seen sitting at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office during a visit to the White House in April 2017, appeared on ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ Wednesday
She was in the same room for a large family gathering in 2017. Eric didn’t recognize her because he had never seen her. She doesn’t have a picture of her with Donald Trump anywhere, ‘Simone wrote.
Mary Trump opened her book with her trip to the White House that she took several months after her uncle became president to celebrate her Aunt Maryanne and Aunt Elizabeth’s birthday.
She described in detail her encounters with her family members.
She told Good Morning America in an interview broadcast on Wednesday that she felt compelled to go because she had grown up close to Maryanne, the eldest Trump sister.
“I had been out of this family for a long time, and after my cousin Ivanka’s wedding – which I still don’t understand what I was invited to – my aunt Maryanne and I started talking,” she recalled.
She said that relationship was important to her. “It was the first time I felt a party of the family since I was a child.”
“And somehow it was very easy for me to put aside all the things that had happened before when I was invited to her birthday party, I felt I had to go,” she said.
On that trip to the White House, she described her interactions with the President, who she said first hugged her.
DailyMail.com also received a photo of her sitting at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office.
She said those present were the four living Trump children: Donald, Maryanne, Elizabeth and Robert, along with Robert’s girlfriend and Maryanne’s son David. Her brother Fritz and his wife Lisa also came.
Her father, Freddy Trump, had died years earlier.
When the company waited to enter the Oval Office, she saw Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, then house speaker Paul Ryan and vice president Mike Pence in the room.
She wrote that she re-introduced herself to Eric Trump, who replied, “Of course I know who you are.”
“Well, it’s been a while,” I said, “I think the last time we saw you were in high school,” she told her cousin.
George Stephanopoulos (right) interviewed Mary Trump (left) on Tuesday for an interview broadcast on ‘Good Morning America’ on Wednesday morning
Mary Trump’s book about her famous family came out on Tuesday despite family problems
Mary’s book paints a dark portrait of the Trump family, saying that the President’s father, Fred Sr, neglected him to such an extent that it amounted to ‘child abuse’
Mary portrays the Trump family as deeply damaged people, starting with Fred Sr and his wife Mary and filtering to their five children. Pictured from left to right Robert, Elizabeth, Fred Jr, Donald and Maryanne Trump
He “shrugged,” she said, and replied, “That’s probably true.
She also noted in the book that Eric walked away without introducing Mary to his wife, Lara.
“I looked around. Melania, Ivanka, Jared, and Donny had arrived and were standing next to Donald, who was left sitting, “she described, nicknamed” Donny “by Donald Trump Jr. through the chapter.
She also said, “Mike Pence lurked across the room with a half-dead smile on his face, like the chaperone everyone wanted to avoid.”
And once the family gathered, she remembered that “Donny” – who had chased Jared Kushner down a hallway – had returned and showed up to toast.
“Instead of toasting our aunts, he gave a kind of campaign speech,” she recalled.
“I looked at my brother and rolled my eyes,” she added.
After “Donny’s” speech, she said she asked for more wine from the server.