Mary L. Trump

Mary L. Trump
Mary Lea Trump

(1965-05-03) May 3, 1965 (age 56)
Alma materTufts University (BA)
Columbia University (MA)
Adelphi University (PhD)
Known forToo Much and Never Enough (2020)
Political partyDemocratic[1]
Parent(s)Fred Trump Jr.
Linda Lee Clapp
RelativesTrump family

Mary Lea Trump (born May 3, 1965)[2] is an American psychologist and author. She is a niece of former president Donald Trump, and has been critical of him and the Trump family. Her 2020 book about him and the family, Too Much and Never Enough, sold nearly one million copies on the day of its release.

Early life and education

Mary Lea Trump was born in May 1965 to flight attendant Linda Lee Clapp and Fred Trump Jr., a commercial jet pilot with Trans World Airlines. Her older brother is Frederick Trump III.[3][4] Trump graduated from the Ethel Walker School in 1983. She studied English literature at Tufts University, earned a master's degree in English literature at Columbia University, for which she studied the works of William Faulkner and his dysfunctional fictional Compson family,[5][6][7] and holds a PhD in clinical psychology from the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies[8] at Adelphi University.[4][9][10]


Trump worked for one year at the Manhattan Psychiatric Center while working on her PhD research.[8] Trump is a contributor to the book Diagnosis: Schizophrenia, published by Columbia University Press in 2002.[11] She has taught graduate courses in developmental psychology, trauma, and psychopathology.[7] She is the founder and chief executive officer of The Trump Coaching Group, a life coaching company, and has also owned and operated a number of small businesses in the Northeast.[1]

Too Much and Never Enough

Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man is a tell-all book written by Trump and published on July 14, 2020, by Simon & Schuster. According to Trump's note at the beginning of the book, all accounts in the book come either from her own memory or from recorded conversations with family, friends, and others. Other sources are legal, financial and family documents and email correspondence as well as the New York Times investigative article by David Barstow, Susanne Craig, and Russ Buettner.[7] The book details how Mary Trump was the anonymous source who revealed Trump family tax returns to The New York Times; the reporting won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize.[12] A legal battle over whether the book could be published was waged in New York's judicial system, with an appellate judge allowing Simon & Schuster to publish the book.[13] The book sold close to one million copies on its first day of sales.[14]

Personal life

Trump's father, Fred Trump Jr., died on September 29, 1981, at the age of 42 from a heart attack caused by alcoholism; she was aged 16.[15] He had developed an enlarged heart and had undergone surgical procedures before he finally succumbed to the disease and died alone at Queens Hospital Center in Jamaica Hills. Trump was at school, watching a film in the auditorium with other kids when a school teacher pulled her aside and made her call home. She found out after a series of phone calls that her father had died. Mary was not able to see her father's body despite her request to do so and had to be content with saying her goodbye to a closed coffin at the funeral.[8]

Trump is a lesbian, but in her autobiography, she states that her entire family's homophobia and bigotry caused her to stay in the closet for many years out of fear of being disowned and disinherited. In her book, Trump relates a time when her grandmother Mary Anne MacLeod Trump frequently referred to Elton John as a "faggot", and Trump decided not to come out and tell her, nor the entire immediate Trump family, that she was in love with, and was going to marry a woman, with whom she would later raise a daughter.[16][17] She has since divorced, and lives on Long Island, New York, with her daughter.[7][18]


Trump supported Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election.[1] On July 15, 2020, she said in an ABC News interview conducted by George Stephanopoulos that Donald Trump should resign as president. Mary said that he is "utterly incapable of leading this country, and it's dangerous to allow him to do so".[19] In a July 22, 2020 interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, when asked for her professional opinions, Trump stated that Donald Trump exhibits sociopathic tendencies but not at a high-functioning level like his father Fred Trump, was institutionally insulated from responsibilities throughout his childhood, and is never held accountable for his actions.[20]

Following the 2021 storming of the Capitol, Trump said her uncle should be "barred from ever running for public office again."[21]

Conflicts within the Trump family

When Fred Trump Sr. died in 1999 from Alzheimer's disease, Trump and her brother, Fred Trump III, contested their grandfather's will.[5][22][23] Fred Sr.'s will left the bulk of his estate, in equal shares, to his children.[22][24] His grandchildren were each left $200,000. When Mary's father predeceased him, Fred Sr.'s lawyers had recommended amending his will, to leave Fred Trump Jr.'s children larger shares than the grandchildren with living parents. They anticipated that otherwise Fred Sr.'s will would be challenged by descendants who would argue his intent was that each child would eventually leave a portion of his or her share of the estate to his or her own descendants.

Shortly after Fred Sr.'s death, Mary Trump's sister-in-law gave birth to a son with a rare and debilitating medical condition—one that would require a lifetime of very expensive medical care.[22] Fred Sr. had established a foundation that paid the medical expenses of his family. After Mary Trump and her brother had filed suit against Donald Trump and two of his three living siblings,[25] they were advised that the medical foundation would no longer pay for their medical expenses. The lawsuit was settled in 2001.[25] The final settlement of the dispute over sharing Fred Sr.'s estate did not award them the share their father would have inherited if he had been alive when Fred Sr. died. It did restore coverage of their family's medical expenses.

The 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting was awarded to David Barstow, Susanne Craig and Russ Buettner of The New York Times for "an exhaustive 18-month investigation of Donald Trump's finances that debunked his statements of self-made wealth and revealed a business empire riddled with tax dodges."[26] Trump was reportedly a key source of information for that study,[24] having come into possession of Donald's tax documents during the discovery process in the dispute over her grandfather's estate.[27]

Upon the announcement of Trump's book Too Much and Never Enough in June 2020, her uncle Robert Trump attempted to block its release, stating that she signed a non-disclosure agreement during the 1999 lawsuit.[28][5][22] The filing of a temporary restraining order against Trump was dismissed by a New York court for a lack of jurisdiction, and the book was published on July 14, 2020.[29][13]

In September 2020, Trump sued her uncle Donald Trump, his sister Maryanne Trump Barry, and his late brother Robert's estate, claiming they defrauded her out of tens of millions of dollars of inheritance from her father's real estate portfolio.[30] The defendants' lawyers asked for dismissal of the lawsuit, claiming that she had waited too long to file suit.[31] Trump's lawyers responded that "[r]easonable diligence would not have uncovered the fraud" more than a decade earlier.[32]


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