Mary Trump Says President Is a ‘Psychologically Deeply Damaged’ Man Whose Inner Circle Isn’t Caring for Him

Mary Trump Says President Is a ‘Psychologically Deeply Damaged’ Man Whose Inner Circle Isn’t Caring for Him

Mary Trump, the president’s niece, followed up her Thursday night interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow with an appearance Friday on CNN.

Trump, talking with Chris Cuomo, spoke at length about the president’s mental health and the degree to which it was shaped by his upbringing.

“The simplest way I could put it, which may be one of the more effective ways to put it, is that Donald is a psychologically deeply damaged man based on his upbringing and the situation with his parents,” said Trump, a clinical psychologist. “He is not going to get better, and he is without question going to get worse.”

Trump said the president’s character and habits will deteriorate because she doesn’t think he’s interested in changing at this point.

“A lot of people have diagnosed him…without knowing him personally but, you know, there is plenty of evidence to support some of those diagnoses,” Trump claimed.

“He has no psychological awareness of his situation and, again, one of the most devastating things is that people who claim to care for him aren’t helping him. If they truly cared for him, the last place in the world they would want him to be is the Oval Office. And yet they do nothing.”

Trump then explained some of the president’s narcissistic traits.

“He didn’t just become this way, whenever he started being a politician,” she noted. “He’s been this way since he was a teenager at least. So it’s not as if there is new evidence to support the diagnosis.”

“But again, I think that when you’re looking at somebody’s pathologies, it’s not just how they come across, it’s also how it affects them and their day-to-day functioning. So although, again, that’s also hard to suss out, because he is, as I say in the book, institutionalized to some degree. He’s protected by the fact that he doesn’t really to need to live in or support himself in the real world.”

Watch the video above, via CNN.

William Vaillancourt

William Vaillancourt

William Vaillancourt is a writer and editor from New Hampshire whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Progressive, Slate and Areo Magazine, among other places. He holds a BA in Political Science and History from Boston University.