Donald Trump's niece considers changing her name after shamed US president departs
By MIRROR | 7 months ago
Donald Trump's niece is weighing up changing her name so she doesn't get associated with the man who caused "incalculable" damage to the US.
Mary Trump has previously branded the shamed former President "the world's most dangerous man" and said he is incapable of feeling "affection and intimacy".
The 55-year-old, a clinical psychologist, gave the Sunday Telegraph a scathing verdict on her uncle's presidency, saying: "The damage Donald has done to this country is incalculable.
"We're just waiting to find out how much is irreparable."
Trump finally left office on Wednesday, fleeing to Florida rather than graciously attending the inauguration of the man who beat him in last year's election, Joe Biden.
He became the only President in US history to be impeached twice after he incited a failed insurrection on January 6.
The 74-year-old Republican faces a Senate trial which will determine whether he can ever stand for office again.
Following his departure from the White House, speculation has mounted over whether wife Melania, 50, will file for divorce.
Throughout Trump's presidency there were several awkward public moments, with insiders saying they slept in separate rooms for four years.
A top lawyer in New York has told the Mirror that Melania could get up to Sh5.5 billion ($50 million) and custody of the couple's 14-year-old son Barron if she divorces the disgraced property tycoon.
Sources told CNN last week that Melania slept in a large bedroom suite normally reserved for the president and their spouse.
"Donald Trump slept in his own bedroom, which was previously a study or den during other administrations," the source added.
Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former close friend and confidant of the ex-first lady, and author of the book Melania and Me, claimed the Trumps had separate bedrooms in the White House and "a transactional marriage".
She told the BBC in September last year: "I do believe it is a transactional marriage.
"Donald got arm candy, the Vogue cover (in February 2005) legitimised Melania which legitimised Donald as well, and Melania got two dynamic decades.
"She was a young model, she was striving, she didn't have the success yet. She met Donald, she married, she had a son, she became an American citizen and 10 years after that, she is the first lady of the United States.
"I do believe it was a magic moment, and I also believe it was a made-for-TV moment."
The couple's friends told the Washington Post in 2018 that the Trumps had separate daily routines.
Donald, now 74, would get out of bed at about 5.30am to begin watching cable TV news shows and tweeting.
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