Mary Trump has hit out at the president saying Barron was ‘put in a dangerous situation by his parents’ because children are dying from COVID-19, after it emerged Donald Trump‘s youngest child had also tested positive for the deadly virus.
Trump’s estranged niece Mary slammed her uncle for risking his son’s life by ‘not taking adequate precautions’ against coronavirus in an interview with Chris Cuomo on Cuomo Prime Time Wednesday night.
CNN host Cuomo also voiced incredulity at the president’s approach to his son’s diagnosis saying he would have ‘put an ice-pick through my eye’ to save his own family from infection after he contracted the virus and spread it to his wife and son several months back.
Mary also described how any form of illness is viewed as ‘a weakness’ in the Trump family and claims the American public would never have learned the truth of the president’s diagnosis if he had been asymptomatic and could have prevented coming clean.
Mary sensationally parted ways with the rest of the Trump clan following a rift which widened this year when she released her spill-all book where she made several bombshell claims including that the president paid a friend to take his SATs.
Mary Trump has hit out at the president saying Barron was ‘put in a dangerous situation by his parents’ because children are dying from COVID-19, after it emerged Donald Trump’s youngest child also tested positive for the deadly virus
“Being weak… as my grandfather understood it, was unacceptable,” says Mary Trump.
“Donald doesn’t want to be associated with Covid at all, even if it’s someone else having it… if he had been asymptomatic we probably never would have known that he had tested positive.” pic.twitter.com/XK9UjZnE7P
— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) October 15, 2020
The president’s niece blasted Trump for putting her 14-year-old cousin Barron in a ‘dangerous situation’ by refusing to take the pandemic seriously.
Barron tested positive for the virus when his parents did almost two weeks ago but Melania Trump only announced his diagnosis in a statement Wednesday.
‘First of all, I am inexpressively relieved that my cousin is ok but let’s be honest he was put into a dangerous situation by his parents who have not been taking adequate precautions,’ Mary told Cuomo.
Mary emphasised that children are dying from COVID-19 but – even with his own child infected – Trump will not change tact over the pandemic because this would mean having to ‘admit that he was wrong’.
Fatality rates for coronavirus are far lower among children than adults but at least 100 American children and teenagers have died as a result of the pandemic and medical experts have raised concerns of a link between the virus and the deadly inflammatory Kawasaki condition.
‘Children are dying from this very deadly virus,’ said Mary.
‘So the only thing I can say about how Donald is handling this is in order for him to course correct – when he realized that his initial way of dealing with this wasn’t working – would have been to admit that he was wrong.
‘So he needed to double down by saying it wasn’t that big a deal and that it was just going to go away and we see the results of that and it’s pretty devastating.’
Trump has repeatedly made claims that the virus is ‘disappearing’ and told supporters not to ‘fear it’ even after his own diagnosis and four-day stint in hospital where he was treated with Ebola drug remdesivir – that was previously only available to very ill patients – supplementary oxygen and experimental antibody cocktail Regeneron.
Cuomo, a father-of-three, said he also struggled to understand Trump’s attitude to the virus even after his child contracted it and said it was ‘unusual’ Trump said ‘Barron Trump’ had coronavirus rather than ‘my son’.
He compared his own experience of being infected with coronavirus and how he would have ‘put an ice pick through my eye’ if it meant not spreading it to his family.
Trump’s estranged niece Mary slammed him for risking his son’s life by ‘not taking adequate precautions’ against coronavirus in an interview with Chris Cuomo for Cuomo Prime Time Wednesday night
Mary has parted ways with the rest of the Trump clan following the release of her spill-all book where she alleged the president paid a friend to take his SATs so he could get into the famous Wharton School of Business
‘I gave it to my wife and my son and I would have gladly put an ice pick through my eye to have spared them,’ the CNN host said.
‘Thank god they didn’t have it anywhere near as bad as I did. I’m the weak link in my family.’
Cuomo said contracting the virus ‘changed me forever’ in terms of being determined not to risk the lives of anyone else as he questioned how the president could encourage supporters to flock to his rallies after seeing first-hand how serious the illness can be.
‘It changed me forever in terms of how I felt about myself in that moment and I can’t conceive of ever putting people at risk in the way this president does so nonchalantly after what he learned from his own [illness],’ he said.
‘Why doesn’t that natural kind of shame reflex take hold and be like “I got to learn from this. I can’t risk this after what just happened to me”?’
Cuomo also questioned why Trump would have kept quiet about his son’s diagnosis after he announced he and the First Lady had tested positive because ‘ordinarily parents worry more about their kids and its not like he’s been that private about his personal life.’
Donald Trump addresses the crowd in Iowa on Wednesday night after he has returned to the campaign trail this week
Supporters await the arrival of Donald Trump for a campaign rally at Des Moines International Airport Wednesday night
Trump is pictured arriving back to the White House on Wednesday night after the rally
Trump arrives to greet the crowds in Des Moines on Wednesday who are packed in with little social distancing
Mary explained that Trump would not have wanted to admit that anyone in his family had the virus because he sees this as a weakness.
‘Unfortunately in my family – and this started with my grandfather – illness of any kind, whether it was a physical ailment or an addiction, was seen as weakness,’ she said.
‘And being weak, certainly in terms of as my grandfather understood it, was unacceptable.
‘So Donald doesn’t want to be associated with COVID at all even if it’s somebody else having it so there’s no way that he would admit willingly that anybody in his family had it.’
Mary said she believes Trump only disclosed his own condition because he fell ill after testing positive and would have kept quiet if he could have hidden his diagnosis.
‘I continue to believe that if he’d been asymptomatic we would probable never have known that he had tested positive for it either,’ she said.
She added: ‘He was lucky enough to have at his disposal world class medical care and experimental drugs that are not available to practically anyone else on this planet.’
Mary went on to say she feared that Trump contracting the virus and then recovering quickly was the ‘worst case scenario’ as he could then ‘reemerge triumphant’ against it.
‘When I learned that he was ill I was worried that he would get a mild case and or recover quickly – not because I thought he needed to be sicker but I think it would have been better if he hadn’t gotten sick at all as this way – this worst case scenario -would allow him to reemerge triumphant against his virus because he’s such a tough guy,’ she said.
‘And he would then go on to tell other people they don’t need to be worried about it, they don’t need to be dominated by it, they don’t need to be afraid of it.
‘And interestingly Melania kind of echoed this by saying ‘luckily Barron is a strong teenager’.’
Mary said her uncle would not learn from his illness but would see it as a ‘power play’ and cares more about supporters turning up to his events than driving down cases of the virus.
‘The idea that he would have shame or learn from the experience is not going to happen and that’s why we continue to be in this situation we’re in because partially for Donald it’s kind of a power play too,’ she said.
‘He’s getting all these people to show up at rallies at these superspreader events and that makes him feel powerful. It makes him feel invincible that he’s out there on the stump again after having been ill.
‘And putting people at risk doesn’t matter to him if the crowds are still showing up as he thinks that’s the metric that matters in terms of the election.’
Mary also went on to raise questions over the potential long-term implications of coronavirus on Trump’s health.
‘There’s no way to know if he’s over it – we don’t know what the course of his illness may continue to be,’ she said.
Mary is the daughter of Trump’s eldest sibling, Fred Trump Jr, who struggled with alcoholism and died in 1981 at the age of 43.
She is estranged from her family and drew the ire of her uncle when she released her explosive memoir ‘Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man’ in July.
The Trump family tried to block its release saying it violated a confidentiality agreement and would cause ‘irreparable harm’ to the family.
A judge lifted a temporary restraining order allowing it to be published and it racked up almost a million copies on preorders alone.
One of the bombshell claims made in the book was that Trump paid a friend named Joe Shapiro to take his SATs for him so he could attend the University of Pennsylvania’s famous Wharton School of Business.
Mary refused to reveal the source of the information but in August released a trove of recorded conversations between herself and Trump’s sister Maryanne Trump Barry, 83.
In the audio, Maryanne confides that Joe Shapiro took Trump’s exams for him.
The recordings also revealed Trump’s sister said her brother has ‘no principles’, ‘you can’t trust him’ and he has been ‘lying’ throughout his presidency.