Jul 7, 2020

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 512 words, a 2-minute read.

  • ⚡️ The Trump administration formally notified Congress of its intent to withdraw from the World Health Organization on July 6, 2021. Go deeper.
1 big thing: Trump's niece reveals family secrets
Combination of author Mary Trump and her new book. Photos: Simon & Schuster, left, and Peter Serling/Simon & Schuster via AP

President Trump's niece writes in her forthcoming book — which Axios has obtained — that on the night her father died at 42 of an alcohol-induced heart attack, the family sent him to the hospital by himself.

  • Her uncle Donald went to the movies, she claims.

Why it matters: Mary Trump, a psychologist, portrays her uncle as a "sociopath" whose worldview was shaped by watching his older brother undergoing constant torment from their father.

Among the highlights from "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created The World's Most Dangerous Man," which goes public on July 14.

  1. The backstory on how she gave the N.Y. Times much of the source material for its 14,000 word investigation of how "President Trump participated in dubious tax schemes during the 1990s, including instances of outright fraud, that greatly increased the fortune he received from his parents." [Axios' Jonathan Swan]
  2. Claims her uncle tormented his little brother Robert as a child, hiding his favorite Tonka trucks and threatening "to dismantle the trucks in front of him if he didn’t stop crying.” [WashPost]
  3. Claims he paid someone to take his SATs for him while in high school. "Donald, who never lacked for funds, paid his buddy well," she wrote. [N.Y. Times]
  4. Said his sister Maryanne had concerns about his fitness for office and was baffled by his support among evangelicals: "The only time Donald went to church was when the cameras were there,” Mary Trump claims her aunt said. [AP]

The other side:

  • White House counselor Kellyanne Conway: "Well, he's not her patient, he's her uncle. And I know firsthand the way the President feels about his brother Fred Trump Jr. ... and he has been very public about his commitment to ending drug abuse in our nation because of the way" he witnessed his brother struggle with alcoholism.
  • White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Matthews: "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. ... 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. Also, the absurd SAT allegation is completely false."
2. Pic du jour
Photo: Ashley Landis/AP

A photographer for the Los Angeles Angels has his temperature taken before entering Angels Stadium for baseball practice on Monday.

3. Catch up quick
  1. Anthony Fauci said "it's a false narrative to take comfort in a lower rate of death" from the coronavirus in the U.S. Go deeper.
  2. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tested positive for coronavirus. Go deeper.
  3. The Trump administration is "looking at" a ban on Chinese social media app TikTok. Go deeper.
  4. The FBI director said China aims to become the "world's only superpower." Go deeper.
4. 1 helpful thing

Drive-thru window at Capital City Bank in Tallahassee, Fla. Photo: Alicia Devine/Tallahassee Democrat via Reuters 

Another pandemic shortage: Pneumatic materials to keep bank drive-thru lanes humming, the Wall Street Journal reports.

  • "Calls to service drive-through equipment jumped 42% in April and May compared with the average of the previous 12 months, the company said. Cylinder sales are up 300% over the same period."

Why it matters: Drive-thrus are having a renaissance as customers seek out options that let them avoid doing business indoors.

Mike Allen