Clearly Trump learned nothing from trying to stop John Bolton from publishing HIS book. 

Courtesy of Axios

In his first public comments on the matter, President Trump told Axios that his niece, Mary Trump, is “not allowed” to write her forthcoming book about him because doing so would violate a nondisclosure agreement she signed.

“She’s not allowed to write a book,” Trump told me. “You know, when we settled with her and her brother, who I do have a good relationship with — she’s got a brother, Fred, who I do have a good relationship with, but when we settled, she has a total … signed a nondisclosure.”

Trump said his niece’s nondisclosure agreement with him was a “very powerful one. … It covers everything.”

Trump’s comments to Axios confirm a Daily Beast story from last week, which broke the news of the NDA.

The Beast reported: “Mary Trump signed an NDA following a 2001 settlement after litigation disputing Fred Trump’s estate, according to people familiar with the matter. That NDA states she is not allowed to publish anything regarding the litigation or her relationship with Donald, Maryanne, and Robert.”

“Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man” is slated to be published on July 28. Late on Monday night, following The Daily Beast’s story, the publisher of Mary Trump’s book, Simon & Schuster, posted the book on Amazon, where it quickly soared up the charts with pre-sale orders.

“In the book, Mary Trump is not only expected to discuss difficult internal family dynamics and offer revelations about a younger Donald Trump; she is also expected to out herself as a primary source behind a Pulitzer-winning New York Times investigation into her uncle’s taxes,” per The Daily Beast.

Trump claims that he was blindsided by news of this book, and is clearly highly agitated about seeing it his bookshelves all across America. 

I really don’t know why Trump does this, since every time he takes the bait he dramatically increases interest in the book and therefore increases book sales. 

Since Mary Trump knows about her uncle’s litigious nature I am beyond convinced that she has already had lawyers pore over her NDA to see if it is legally binding and if there are any loopholes. 

I think if it really were capable of keeping her from publishing her book the publisher’s legal team would not have let them move forward with her book deal. 

So yes, I think on July 28th we will all be able to buy this book, and Trump will just have to wallow in yet another defeat.