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Medicine & Health / Re: Coronavirus: Trumpvirus
« Last post by Surly1 on Today at 05:15:02 AM »
Obviously written before Mary trump's interview with George Stephenopolis.

In Some Countries, Normal Life Is Back. Not Here.
Trump’s incompetence has wrecked us. Where are the calls for him to resign?

Baseball fans enjoying a game in Taoyuan, Taiwan, on Sunday.Gene Wang/Getty Images

If you’re lucky enough to live in New Zealand, the coronavirus nightmare has been mostly over since June. After more than two weeks with no new cases, the government lifted almost all restrictions that month. The borders are still shut, but inside the country, normal life returned.

It’s coming back elsewhere too. Taiwan, where most days this month no new cases have been reported, just held the Taipei Film Festival, and a recent baseball game drew 10,000 spectators. Italy was once the epicenter of Europe’s outbreak and remains in a state of emergency, but with just a few hundred new cases a day in the whole country, bars are open and tourists have started returning, though of course Americans remain banned. According to The New York Times’s figures, there were 321 new cases in all of Canada last Friday.

And America? We had 68,241. As of last week, the worst per capita outbreak on the planet was in Arizona, followed by Florida. The world is closed to us; American passports were once coveted, but now only a few dozen nations will let us in. Lawrence O. Gostin, professor of global health law at Georgetown, told me he doesn’t expect American life to feel truly normal before summer 2022. Two years of our lives, stolen by Donald Trump.

As our country plunges into a black hole of unchecked illness, death and pariahdom, the administration is waging a PR war on its own top disease expert, Anthony Fauci, trying to convince news outlets that he can’t be trusted. “The move to treat Dr. Fauci as if he were a warring political rival comes as he has grown increasingly vocal in his concerns about the national surge in coronavirus cases,” reported The Times.

Trump has also undercut the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, retweeting the conspiratorial ramblings of the former game show host Chuck Woolery: “The most outrageous lies are the ones about Covid-19. Everyone is lying. The C.D.C., media, Democrats, our doctors, not all but most, that we are told to trust.” There are now so many stories of Trump fans dying after blithely exposing themselves to the virus that they’ve become a macabre cliché.

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Gostin was part of the international panel that put together the Global Health Security Index, a report, released last year, that evaluated the pandemic readiness of every nation on earth. No country, they found, was as prepared as the United States. But the coronavirus, he said, has shown us that “health system capacity alone is almost useless unless you have a government that can unleash that capacity promptly and consistently.”

America has long fancied itself a swaggering colossus. It will likely emerge from this calamity humbled and decrepit.

Not all experts are as pessimistic as Gostin. Andy Slavitt, a senior health official in the Obama administration, has argued that with better tests, therapies and an eventual vaccine, life could broadly improve as soon as next year.

Others caution against making predictions. “We want to be able to give some assurance of, ‘Life will not always be this way, and it will be over soon,’ but we don’t know when that will be,” said Nicolette Louissaint, president of Healthcare Ready, an organization established after Hurricane Katrina to strengthen the health care supply chain for disasters.

But we know that the C.D.C. forecasts total deaths from Covid-19 to rise to as many as 160,000 just by the end of the month. Many times that number will have long-term medical complications, and a record 5.4 million people lost their health insurance between February and May. A generation of American kids will have their educations derailed, and many parents who don’t lose their jobs due to the economic crisis will see their careers ruined by the demands of child care.

The country’s international humiliation is total; historians may argue about when the American century began, but I doubt they’ll disagree about when it ended.

The psychological consequences alone will be incalculable. Even before the coronavirus, researchers spoke of loneliness as its own epidemic in America. A March article in the medical journal JAMA Psychiatry attributed 162,000 deaths a year to the fallout of social isolation. Now people are being told that they can socialize only under the most stringent conditions. Much of what makes life sweet is lost to us, not for days or weeks, but months or years.

“We’re going to stagger out of it; we’re not going to snap back,” Gostin said of the pandemic. He added, “It’s going to take several years for us to be able to come out of all of the trauma that we’ve had.”

Yet somehow there’s no drumbeat of calls for the president’s resignation. People seem to feel too helpless. Protesters can make demands of governors and mayors, especially Democratic ones, because at the local level small-d democratic accountability still exists. Nationally such responsiveness is gone; no one expects the president to do his job, or to be held to account when he doesn’t. That’s how you know the country was broken before coronavirus ever arrived.

This suffering, your suffering, wasn’t inevitable. The coronavirus is a natural disaster. The Republican Party’s death-cult fealty to Trump is wholly man-made.

Education / Death by Schoolhouse
« Last post by Surly1 on Today at 05:06:56 AM »
Despite physically distancing and wearing masks, 3 Arizona teachers who shared a classroom to online teach caught the coronavirus and one died

An Arizona teacher died from the coronavirus in late June.
Kimberley Chavez Lopez Byrd was sharing a classroom with two other teachers for two hours a day to online teach, and despite following safety protocols all three caught the virus.
The two other teachers Jena Martinez and Angela Skillings are arguing that their circumstances show why schools should not reopen in the fall.

One of three Arizona teachers who were sharing a classroom to conduct online classes caught the novel coronavirus and died. Now her two colleagues are saying it's too early to reopen schools, CNN reported.

Jena Martinez, Angela Skillings, and Kimberley Chavez Lopez Byrd were sharing a classroom in Arizona for two hours a day so they could online teach — and all had COVID-19 despite wearing masks, using gloves and hand sanitizer, and physically distancing. Byrd, 61, passed away from COVID-19 complications at the end of June.

"We followed everything we were supposed to do," Martinez told CNN's Don Lemon. "While we were there, we did distance ourselves."

According to WWBT, Byrd died on June 26 after being hospitalized for coronavirus.

Martinez and Skillings said despite following those guidelines, they still caught the virus. They believe that it still isn't safe for schools to reopen on August 17 in Arizona.

"My main thing is if we can't stay safe, how are our students going to stay safe?" Skillings told WWBT.

WWBT reported that Martinez and Skillings are still struggling with fatigue and coughing from the virus.

"I'm still taking breathing treatments to relieve the tightness in my chest. There is still weakness in my body and fatigue," Martinez told CNN.

Skillings told CNN she's concerned that since schools have been closed since March, there's no way to tell what transmission between students would look like.

"There's no documentation that children aren't going to transmit it back and forth in the classroom or that it isn't going to affect them harshly," Skillings told CNN. "Our schools are not ready. We are not prepared to open up. We're supposed to open up on the 17th of August, and there's no way that even the teachers are ready for that to happen."

President Donald Trump has pushed for schools to reopen. Business Insider's Eliza Relman reported last week that Trump threatened to "cut off funding" for school districts that don't reopen. He's claimed that efforts to keep schools closed and online in the fall were "political" and not based on limiting the spread of the coronavirus.

In a press conference on Tuesday, Trump was asked about Byrd's death and avoided the question to further push for reopening schools, Business Insider reported.

A reporter asked the President: "What do you tell parents, who look at this, who look at Arizona where a teacher recently died teaching summer school, parents who are worried about the safety of their children in public schools?"

Trump responded: "Schools should be opened. Those kids want to go to school. You're losing a lot of lives by keeping things closed. We saved millions of lives while we did the initial closure."

While different districts have taken different approaches to classes in the fall, from hybrid online and in-person classes, online-only, or entirely in person, health experts worry about the spread of the virus in schools.

California's two largest school districts, the Los Angeles and San Diego unified school systems, announced on Monday that they'll be starting off the fall semester with online-only classes until it's safe to resume in-person classes.
I read a story yesterday that said she wrapped her phone in foil to avoid detection when she traveled.

Ghislaine Maxwell concocted a fake identity to buy her $1 million New Hampshire hideout, prosecutors say

Haven Orecchio-Egresitz
15 hours ago

Ghislaine Maxwell pleaded not guilty to federal charges related to the abuse of young girls.
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Ghislaine Maxwell pleaded not guilty on Tuesday over charges related to the abuse of young girls.
Maxwell, the former associate of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein who was hiding out in a $1 million New Hampshire estate, was arrested on July 2.
During a bail hearing, a prosecutor argued that she is an extreme flight risk, has hid her financial assets from the court, and is used to living in hiding.
Her attorney argued that she wasn't living in hiding, but rather trying to maintain privacy from the media and public, and that she should be released due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Judge Alison J. Nathan found that there were no conditions that could assure Maxwell wouldn't flee prosecution and ordered she be held without bail.
During a video bail hearing on Tuesday, a prosecutor said Ghislaine Maxwellused a fake name and posed as a journalist to purchase the $1 million remote New Hampshire estate where she had been living for the last year.

The FBI arrested Maxwell on July 2 on charges that she groomed young girls to be abused by her longtime associate Jeffrey Epstein, who died by suicide while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges last August. Maxwell pleaded not guilty Tuesday to enticing minors to travel to engage in sexual acts, transportation of a minor with intent to engage in sexual acts, and perjury.

She told investigators she didn't know who bought the New England mansion, but a real estate agent identified her to the FBI as the woman he met and accompanied on a tour of the home, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

Assistant US Attorney Alison Moe said Maxwell has "not come close" to disclosing her true financial assets to the court and emphasized "serious red flags" in her character and wealth, making her an extreme flight risk if released. 

Moe said Maxwell told the court's pretrial services department that she had fewer than $1 million in Swiss bank accounts and no income, but prosecutors feel that her current lifestyle makes that unlikely.

"It just doesn't make sense," Moe told the court. "Either there are other assets, or there is other income."

After hearing arguments from Moe and Maxwell's attorney Mark Cohen — who argued that Maxwell wasn't a flight risk and should be released due to coronavirus risks— Judge Alison Nathan ordered her to be held without bail pending trial.

"Not only does the defendant have significant financial resources, but she has demonstrated sophistication in hiding those resources and herself," Nathan said. "The court finds by a preponderance of evidence that no combination of conditions could reasonably assure her presence at court."

Prosecutors say Maxwell has extreme wealth she's not telling the court about and 3 passports
The FBI arrested Maxwell at a remote New Hampshire estate on July 2.

For the last year, the socialite has moved several times in New England and stayed out of the public eye. 

Moe said Maxwell has extreme wealth and three passports. She is a citizen of France, which would not extradite her if she were to flee there, the prosecutor said.

"A year is an extremely long period of time to live in hiding," Moe said.

Cohen, though, argued that his client wasn't living in hiding from law enforcement, but in the US for the last year litigating civil cases.

She had been living remotely, he said, to maintain a level of privacy from media and the public.

And when FBI arrived at the New Hampshire home, she ran from the doorbecause she was in her pajamas, he said. The front door, he said, was unlocked and there was no need to breach it.

Victims allege Epstein's abuse couldn't have happened without Maxwell
Cohen repeatedly tried to distance Maxwell from her former lover, saying Maxwell is "not Jeffrey Epstein."

But two victims who spoke or provided statements on Tuesday alleged that Maxwell was just as responsible for their abuse and that she shouldn't be released.

"Without Ghislaine, Jeffrey could not have done what he did," one Jane Doe said in a statement that Moe read. "She was in charge."

The woman told the court that she knew Maxwell for 10 years. During that time, she alleged, Maxwell knew that Epstein was abusing the young girl and "egged him on."

The woman also said that last year, during a civil proceeding that she was scheduled to testify at, she received a call in the middle of the night that was threatening towards her and her toddler.

"It's clear to me that she would have done anything to get what she wanted," Doe said in her statement. "Please do not let us down by allowing her the opportunity to further hurt her victims."

Another woman, Annie Farmer, spoke aloud at the hearing about the abuse she said she suffered at the hands of Maxwell and Epstein.

"She is a sexual predator who groomed and abused me and other young women," Farmer said. "She has lied under oath and tormented her survivors."

Maxwell is in custody at a Brooklyn detention center. Her trial date isn't until July 2021.
Surly Newz / Doomstead Diner Daily July 15
« Last post by Surly1 on Today at 04:54:26 AM »

Doomstead Diner Daily July 15

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Marathon Man Newz / When You're Not 'Woke'...
« Last post by Surly1 on Today at 04:40:04 AM »
... you are asleep.

Let's examine the intellectual lodestars of "anti-woke" polemic:

Responding to the 1954 Brown v. Board desegregation decision by the U.S. Supreme Court a group of U.S. lawmakers in Washington DC drafted what they called The Southern Manifesto in 1956. Showing the dishonesty still so prevalent in American race discourse, they said these infamous words:

“This unwarranted exercise of power by the Court, contrary to the Constitution, is creating chaos and confusion in the States principally affected. It is destroying the amicable relations between the white and Negro races that have been created through 90 years of patient effort by the good people of both races. It has planted hatred and suspicion where there has been heretofore friendship and understanding … In this trying period, as we all seek to right this wrong, we appeal to our people not to be provoked by the agitators and troublemakers invading our States and to scrupulously refrain from disorder and lawless acts.”

Guess Jim Crow and the KKK were evidence of "amicable relations."

“There is no case in history where the Caucasian race has survived social integration. We will not drink from the cup of genocide.” – Mississippi Governor Ross Barnett

“It is essential to the perpetuation of our Anglo-Saxon civilization that white supremacy be maintained and to maintain our civilization there is only one solution, and that is either by segregation within the United States, or by deportation of the entire Negro race.” – Mississippi Governor and U.S. Senator Theodore Bilbo

“This is a white man’s country, and will always remain a white man’s country.” – South Carolina Governor, U.S. Senator and U.S. Supreme Court Justice James F. Byrnes

“The South loves the Negro in his place but his place is at the back door.” – Georgia Governor Eugene Talmadge

“In the name of the greatest people that have ever trod this earth I draw the line in the dust and toss the gauntlet before the feet of tyranny … and I say … segregation now … segregation tomorrow … segregation forever.” – Alabama Governor George Wallace

At least these men were honest. Nothing is worse than the dishonest person who dislikes you but pretends to be your friend and ally. Dr. King spoke about his distrust of the white moderate in his Letter From a Birmingham Jail.

“First, I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action”; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a “more convenient season.” Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.”

As true now as it was when written.

In the attempt to demonstrate just how long this argument about race that Surly and Eddie have pursuing endlessly is and bring it to a somewhat higher level, I bring you the debate between William F. Buckley Jr and James Baldwin from 55 years ago.  Obviously, it's not going to be resolved here on the Diner.


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Marathon Man Newz / Re: No........ My Day Isn't Quite Over Yet
« Last post by Surly1 on Today at 04:20:50 AM »
Because truth matters.....and lies are eventually exposed for what they are....and bad thinking leads to bad actions and bad outcomes....which is where we're headed.

No matter how much lipstick you put on the pigs that subscribe to Woke culture and political correctness, they are still pigs. And in Woke culture some pigs are definitely more equal than others.

The woke left is the new Ministry of Truth

Janice Turner in The Times 11.07.20

It was strange to win the Orwell Prize for journalism via a Zoom call, unshowered, in sweaty gym gear, alone in my garden shed. Stranger still to do so as socialist musician Billy Bragg wrote in The Guardian that George Orwell’s words inscribed on his statue outside the BBC — “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear” — makes him cringe.

Bragg believes Orwell endorses not freedom but “licence” to say any “inflammatory” thing. He likens him to 153 authors who signed an open letter to US magazine Harper’s defending “robust and even caustic” debate. These rich dudes whining about cancel culture can’t cope with anyone shaking their establishment tree. Young people, says Bragg approvingly, prize “accountability over free speech”.

In the US, these writers — young and old, black and white, from across the political spectrum — have been eviscerated by the left. Look at them, sneer critics, amid a pandemic and racist police violence, caring about niceties like open debate. Besides, they’re all safe — even “problematic” JK Rowling — thus proving cancel culture is just a far-right phantasm.

Yet their safety is the very reason that bestsellers like Malcolm Gladwell and Margaret Atwood can speak out. The secure can best protect those in peril: the untenured academics or mid-list writers or even the teacher at your child’s school.

The worst of cancel culture is not a high-profile career assassination but what follows. Silence: the deadening effect upon institutions or individuals scared into self-censorship in case they too face an angry throng. The Orwell Foundation tells me that when I was shortlisted in 2018, because my submitted articles included an investigation into the global spike in teenage girls identifying as trans, it was warned of trouble, feared a picket and considered hiring private security to protect staff. So this year it had to formulate a plan in case of fallout because I had won.

What would Orwell have thought? I’ve wondered this throughout three years reporting on the gender wars. When the word “woman” is replaced with “menstruator”, “mother” with “birthing parent” so the specific language of female experience is unsayable, I remember the Ministry of Truth deleting seditious vocabulary: “a heretical thought . . . should be literally unthinkable at least so far as thought is dependent upon words”.

I think of Orwell when scientists cite the reproductive vagaries of clown fish or slugs to “prove” human biological sex is not a male-female binary, because they’re terrified of being targeted by activists who’ve stupidly tethered trans rights to science denial. Here is the very definition of Doublethink: “To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies.”

Orwell didn’t believe in objectivity: he thought every writer is driven by political and personal bias. His imperative was that views are freely expressed: “What is needed is the right to print what one believes to be true, without having to fear bullying or blackmail from any side.” Right now his words are being crash-tested across the world by right-wing autocrats from Brazil to Turkey censoring or locking up journalists. But the counterpoint, as the Harper’s letter states, is a catastrophic collapse of free expression on the left.

Almost every day I hear from Guardian journalists, principled, progressive writers, who are terrified of uttering what now counts as WrongSpeak. As the tram-tracks of left-wing discourse have narrowed, any critique of Black Lives Matter or conservative Islam or, worst of all, suggesting a humane balance must be reached between trans activist demands and women’s rights, can result in vicious censure from colleagues, even demands that they are sacked. Questions imply criticism: disagreement is hate-speech.

When journalists cannot address issues for fear of losing their jobs, a void is created in the public sphere. If moderate views are unprintable, they become unspeakable. Cancellation trickles down.

Harper’s signatory Salman Rushdie has survived far worse than rants from hipster bloggers, but the Scottish children’s author Gillian Philip, who defended JK Rowling, was sacked. Many others have written to me: feminist authors dumped by agents, who in turn are frightened for their own livelihoods. Female academics endure constant professional defamation, petitions to no-platform them, exclusion from publications, talks on subjects unrelated to gender aggressively picketed or cancelled. “I was disinvited from giving lectures on courses I’ve worked on for years,” one says sadly, “including courses I’ve helped to write”.

A corporate lawyer was reported to her chief executive just for following feminist accounts on Twitter; a teacher was shopped to her head by a student intern who’d overheard her criticise the trans child charity Mermaids. A charity worker faced a complaint to her board because she’d “liked” a JK Rowling tweet: “For days, I was utterly terrified for my future. I shouldn’t have to live like this because of the views I hold.” A copywriter who queried why “woman” must be replaced with “womxn’ but not man with “mxn”, says speaking out “results in fewer chances to work on projects or limits promotion”. These people are denied free speech for utterances that are within the law.

Bragg is wrong: most young people crave open debate, yet are the most vulnerable to social media pile-ons from censorious peers. In the face of brutal tyranny, free speech is not a dispensable luxury but a blazing torch. Unlike the woke left, George Orwell didn’t spend his life scrabbling to be on the “right side of history”: he believed that telling the truth is in itself a revolutionary act.

Like I said, boring.

Exhibit A: Posting the oh-so-predictable "See, I-told-everybody-I-was-right-selected-instance-article-from the-sewers-of-the-internet" as you have here.

"Woke left" is the new "political correctness," which is what the elites and their lickspittle servants call it when the traditionally oppressed decide they are sick and tired of putting up with the elites' shit.

Eddie likes to dress in the drag of reasonableness, but when it comes to social poroigress, his politics are indistinguishable from those of Uncle Kletus sodomizing a field hand behind a tobacco curing shed.

Sell it somewhere else, Kracker. Your day is over.

Freed from gag order, Mary Trump has one word of advice for her uncle, President Trump: 'Resign'

The White House on Tuesday referred ABC News to its previous statements about the book. The White House previously said: "Mary Trump and her book’s publisher may claim to be acting in the public interest, but this book is clearly in the author’s own financial self-interest."

Issued without a shred of irony, apparently.
Marathon Man Newz / Re: The Saker On the 2020 Election
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Like I said. Boring. I offer a point-bt-point analysis, Eddie calls names.
Eddie, you have nothing, and your day is over.

Your point-by-point analysis is always the same.

1.Woke culture good.

2.BLM good.

3.Questioning biased narrative of Woke journalism bad.

4.Anybody who disagrees with you or questions the narrative of Woke journalism and BLM........ racist, fascist, or (usually) both,

Your fundamental dishonesty is what made me decide to call you out........each and every day if necessary. And to present a rational rebuttal of your Woke-ass party line.

You aren't capable of analysis, btw. That takes some things you don't have, like honesty, equanimity, and critical thinking skills.

Your failure to read for comprehension, coupled with your hair-trigger reaction to being called out for your recidivist structural racism makes you completely incompetent to evaluate my prose or my opinion. I'll let others evaluate my "honesty, equanimity, and critical thinking skills." You have no standing.

I understand you don't like "woke." It's inconveeeeeeeeeenient for you. So just go back to sleep.

Still boring, and NOW with a touch of tedium...

Freed from gag order, Mary Trump has one word of advice for her uncle, President Trump: 'Resign'
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In an interview on the day her much-anticipated book excoriating President Donald Trump was released, Mary Trump had one word of advice for her uncle: "Resign."

Mary Trump, speaking about "Too Much and Never Enough" one day after a judge lifted a gag order, offered a simple message about President Trump, her uncle, in response to a question by ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos.

"He is utterly incapable of leading this country. And it’s dangerous to allow him to do so," she said during a clip broadcast Tuesday on ABC's "World News Tonight with David Muir," adding that her conclusion is based on what she's seen of Donald Trump over "my entire adult life."

In an ABC News story highlighting other parts of the interview, Trump, whose book already is on best-seller lists, offered an assessment of how dangerous behaviors cultivated before her uncle became president have flowered during his time in the White House.
The cover art for "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,"and author Mary Trump, the niece of President Donald Trump.

“I saw first-hand what focusing on the wrong things, elevating the wrong people, can do – the collateral damage that can be created by allowing somebody to live their lives without accountability,” Trump told Stephanopoulos. “And it is striking to see that continuing now on a much grander scale.”

Trump analysis:Mary L. Trump's new book almost turns The Donald into a sympathetic figure

The highlights released on "World News Tonight," in an ABC News clip and in the ABC News story largely reflect earlier discussion of the book, whose unflattering descriptions of the Trump family and the president have been the subject of many stories by journalists who received advance copies.

In the Stephanopoulos interview, which also will be featured Wednesday on ABC's "Good Morning America," Trump described an Oval Office encounter with her uncle just months after the start of his presidential term.

"He already seemed very strained by the pressures. He'd never been in a situation before where he wasn't entirely protected from criticism or accountability," said Trump, whose father, Fred Trump Jr., died in 1981. "And I just remember thinking, 'He seems tired. He seems like this is not what he signed up for, if he even knows what he signed up for."

She also remembers President Trump saying, "They won't get me," during that April 2017 visit. "And, so far, it looks like he's right," she added.

The author relies on her memories, first-hand observations and various documents for the book, which survived a legal effort by Robert Trump, her uncle and President Trump's younger brother, to keep it from being released.

In the interview, Trump, a psychologist, also discussed Fred Trump, Donald Trump's father and a huge influence, calling him "a sociopath.'

“He was incredibly driven in a way that turned other people, including his children (and) wife, into pawns to be used to his own ends,” Trump said. “It’s impossible to know who Donald might have been under different circumstances and with different parents. But clearly he learned the lesson.”

More:'Far beyond garden-variety narcissism.' Book by Trump's niece paints him as habitual liar, inept businessman
A photograph of President Donald Trump's father, Fred Trump, sits behind the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office.

The White House on Tuesday referred ABC News to its previous statements about the book. The White House previously said: "Mary Trump and her book’s publisher may claim to be acting in the public interest, but this book is clearly in the author’s own financial self-interest."

"President Trump has been in office for over three years working on behalf of the American people – why speak out now? The President describes the relationship he had with his father as warm and said his father was very good to him. He said his father was loving and not at all hard on him as a child," the statement continued.

As of Monday, publisher Simon & Schuster had shipped more than 600,000 copies of the book, subtitled "How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man," to bookstores across the country.
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