Donald Trump was ‘in pain’ and scared after he got Covid, his niece claims
The estranged niece of former President Donald Trump alleges that he was scared as he faced the public after contracting the coronavirus in early October.
In her forthcoming book, The Reckoning: Our Nation’s Trauma and Finding a Way to Heal, Mary Trump claims her uncle was ‘afraid’ when he made his first appearance after being treated for Covid-19.
The Reckoning, to be released on August 17, purports to give insight into how Trump, 75, felt when he got discharged from a military hospital after three days of treatment.
Upon his arrival back at the White House after leaving Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Trump took off his mask in a bold fashion and waved on top of his balcony.
While the president put on a display of strength, he was actually struggling to breathe during his theatrical return, Mary claims in an excerpt of her book obtained by The Guardian.
‘Doing his best Mussolini imitation, he took off his mask in a macho display of invulnerability,’ Mary, 56, wrote.
‘He clenched his teeth and jutted out his jaw, just as my grandmother did when she was biting back anger or clamping down on her pain. In Donald, I saw the latter.’
Mary continues: ‘I have asthma, so I am acutely aware of what it looks like when somebody is struggling to breathe.
He was in pain, he was afraid, but he would never admit that to anybody – not even himself. Because, as always, the consequences of admitting vulnerability were much more frightening to him than being honest.’
The Reckoning is a follow-up to Mary’s tell-all book, Too Much and Never Enough, which criticizes the family as being ‘malignantly dysfunctional’ and delves into ‘how my family created the world’s most dangerous man’.