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As his presidency comes to a close, Trump feeling 'desperate', says estranged niece

Mary Trump, who is a psychologist, author and the niece of Donald Trump, shared her insight into the U.S. president, and answered callers' questions as part of Cross Country Checkup's regular Ask Me Anything series.

Psychologist and author Mary Trump believes the Trump brand is 'ruined'

Mary Trump, niece of U.S. President Donald Trump. (Peter Serling/Supplied)

Mary Trump says that U.S. President Donald Trump's actions should no longer surprise people following the Jan. 6 siege on Capitol Hill.

Hundreds of the president's supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., in an effort to overturn the Electoral College certification of president-elect Joe Biden in early January.

"Just when you think it's as bad as it could be, it gets worse with him. He is a desperate person who knows that he's running out of time," said Trump who is the president's niece.

"What happened on Wednesday, Jan. 6 was, in his mind, kind of his last, best hope to try to effect some change in the election results."

Trump, who is a psychologist and the author of Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man, shared her insight into Donald Trump and his family, and answered callers' questions, as part of Cross Country Checkup's regular Ask Me Anything series on Sunday.

Donald Trump was impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives on Jan. 13, making him the first president to be impeached twice. On Wednesday, Biden will succeed Trump as president following months of claims that the November election was rigged.

U.S. President Donald Trump has so far refused to concede the election to Democrat Joe Biden, who will be inaugurated on Jan. 20. (Jim Bourg/Reuters)

"It's not that he doesn't necessarily believe that Biden's won — although he'll never admit it. It's more that he can't wrap his head around the fact that there are absolutely no avenues for him to pursue anymore," Trump told Checkup host Ian Hanomansing.

"Donald has never won anything legitimately in his life, but on the other hand, he's never lost either — and by that I mean even when he's been in bankruptcies or [if] he hasn't gotten his way, somebody has always bailed him out."

Now, she says, Donald Trump is "desperate" as he faces possible lawsuits and the significant debt accrued during his time as a businessman. His brand, she adds, is "if not entirely ruined, close to being ruined."

"I do not think that he is going to have the time or the platform to be a force in American politics anymore, and I think that that's good for everybody, including his supporters to tell you the truth," Trump said.

You can hear the full conversation above or by downloading the podcast.

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