In an interview, Mary Trump called her uncle a “fascist” and “born autocrat.” “He thinks he deserves all the power in the world just because of who he is,” she said. “In his mind, he’s always at the center of the universe and thinks he should be deferred to even though he’s ignorant, the weakest, and the least intellectually curious person I’ve ever met.” “The only thing that matters to him is what he views, in his mind, to be strength,” she said. “I guess his definition of strength is being cruel and disruptive as possible and getting away with it all the time.” In April 2020, the former president defended his close relationships with both leaders. “I got along great with President Putin. I liked him. He liked me,” he told Fox News. “[Kim Jong Un] writes me letters. I like him. He likes me,” he also said in the interview. “He is so needy. He raises anybody who puts him on a pedestal,” she said. “No matter how bad they are.” She went on, the former president’s recent praise of the Taliban as “good fighters” and “great negotiators” is emblematic of his tendency to curry favor with despots.