Mary Trump Says She Has No Sympathy For The President

The president’s niece has responded to the news that Donald and Melania Trump have contracted COVID-19. Mary Trump, who released a book about her uncle earlier this year, indicated that she’s not feeling any sympathy for the couple, and that the way he has handled the pandemic has earned that sentiment.

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Thursday night, Donald Trump announced that he and Melania had both tested positive for COVID-19, and would be quarantined for the recovery process. This followed the news that his senior counselor, Hope Hicks, had contracted the virus. Overnight Thursday and into Friday morning, a significant part of the public discussion was about how it’s appropriate to respond to Trump’s diagnosis.

Hie niece, Mary, says her empathy isn’t for the president, but those whose suffering might have been avoided if he had taken decisive action and been honest with the American people from the beginning of the pandemic.

Last month, author Bob Woodward released recordings of interviews with the president, demonstrating that Trump knew how deadly the virus could be, and openly admitted to downplaying it to the public. He told Woodward that the virus “goes through the air,” and is “more deadly than even your strenuous flus.”

In her book about Donald Trump, Mary portrays him as a man who has no sympathy or empathy for anyone else, and who would put anyone at risk for his own gain. She has reiterated this as recently as last week, describing the president’s COVID-19 response as, “No end in sight. No leadership. No plan. No empathy.”

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