Trump 'starved' as mom was an awful cook, ate iceberg lettuce with Russian dressing regularly, niece Mary says
Mary said Trump's father was 'a man of very basic appetites...so it's not really surprising that people in the family would grow up feeling starved'
In a recent podcast interview, President Donald J Trump's niece dished on how Russian dressing was popular in her uncle's house and how his family was ''starved'' despite being wealthy.
Speaking to Slate's Trumpcast on July 23, Mary said that she was surprised to discover that iceberg lettuce with Russian dressing was a delicacy in the Trump household as it was a pretty common dish. "I didn't know that there were other types of lettuce until I was in my 20s...I think it stemmed from the fact that my grandmother was from this tiny village on a tiny island off the West coast of Scotland and was an awful cook...and Russian dressing, hysterically enough, was a big thing,'' she said.
She added that although the president's father, Fred Trump was a wealthy man, he did not have particularly extraordinary tastes when it came to food. ''So I think part of it is that my grandfather didn't really care. He was a man of very basic appetites...so it's not really surprising that people in that family would grow up feeling starved...even with all of that money, they were starved of everything,'' she said.
Mary also went onto weigh in on why she thought her uncle can never be truly happy. "There's no way he could be happy because the myths that have been created about him and that he's perpetuated and believes about himself are always in constant danger of disintegrating and on some deep level he knows that. So, he is very much always living in the moment. So, how can you be happy? Again, he has no other interests other than golf. Which, if I did any one thing as much as he played golf and never improved at it, I would be miserable,'' she said.
According to her, the lack of appreciation for humor in Trump could have stemmed from the same characteristics shared by his father. ''And also how can you be happy if you don't laugh or appreciate the humor? And what that says to me because my grandfather also didn't laugh, is laughing is to make yourself vulnerable...it's to lose a little bit of control. And that can't happen. That is not allowed to happen. So no, I don't believe he's happy or unfortunately, he's capable of happy because it wasn't something to aspire to in my family,'' she said.
Regardless of many people criticizing Trump for deliberately taking a stand for all the wrong things in society and alienating himself from the good, Mary said that it was not for the lack of knowing the right from wrong. "The most important thing to know about Donald, is that he'll accept the help of any kind if it benefits him. So, this is a man who knows the difference between right and wrong but doesn't think it applies to him if he can get the help that is going to advance a cause of his...In my family it was kind of an unwritten rule that certain behaviors that would've been crossing a line for other people were okay if you were a particular Trump,'' she said.