Trump shaped by bullying father, niece says, as White House cries foul
Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump, talks to reporters following an interview with FOX outside the White House West Wing. In response to the forthcoming book by the president's niece, Mary Trump, Conway said, 'Family matters should be family matters.”–AFP
The memoir is due out on July 14 amid a legal battle to stop its publication and is already a best-seller on Amazon.
Mary, a clinical psychologist, writes that Trump saw "cheating as a way of life," according to The New York Times.
She accuses Trump of "hubris and willful ignorance" stretching back to his younger days.
She alleges that the future US leader paid someone else to take the SAT pre-collegiate exam, helping him get into the University of Pennsylvania's prestigious Wharton business school.
The Times doesn't explain how she knew.
"The absurd SAT allegation is completely false," said deputy White House press secretary Sarah Matthews.
"(The president) said his father was loving and not at all hard on him as a child," Matthews said in response.
The memoir is billed as the first unflattering portrayal of Trump by a family insider.
The president's younger brother Robert Trump tried to block publication, arguing that Mary was violating a non-disclosure agreement signed in 2001 after the settlement of her grandfather's estate.
Last week, a New York appeals judge ruled that Simon & Schuster is allowed to release the memoir, saying it was "not a party to the agreement."
She writes that her uncle meets all the clinical criteria for being a narcissist, according to The New York Times.