Mary Trump Reacts to Savannah Guthrie's 'Crazy Uncle' Remark to President

Mary Trump, President Donald Trump's niece, has responded to a suggestion he was her "crazy uncle" on Thursday in a tweet that quickly won widespread attention.

The president was participating in a town hall event on NBC, hosted by the network's Savannah Guthrie. She asked Trump about a recent retweet of his containing a conspiracy theory that Navy SEAL Team Six faked the death of Osama Bin Laden and the Obama administration engaged in a cover-up.

"That was a retweet. That was an opinion of somebody and that was a retweet. I'll put it out there. People can decide for themselves. I don't take a position," Trump said.

"You're the president," Guthrie said. "You're not someone's crazy uncle who can retweet whatever."

Political consultant Philippe Reines, a former senior advisor to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, tweeted about the exchange, tagging Mary Trump.

"Need to take issue with @SavannahGuthrie for saying to trump [sic] 'it's not like you're someone's crazy uncle.' @MaryLTrump rebuttal?" he wrote.

Mary Trump, who is a psychologist, responded with a one-word tweet: "Actually . . ."

Actually . . .

— Mary L Trump (@MaryLTrump) October 16, 2020

Her tweet now has almost 200,000 likes and more than 5,000 RTs. Trump has been an outspoken critic of her uncle and wrote a book, Too Much and Never Enough, about her family and the Trumps' financial dealings. Her late uncle, Robert Trump, filed a suit to prevent the book's publication, citing a non-disclosure agreement she had signed. A judge later ruled she could publish the book.

Robert J. O'Neill, a retired Navy SEAL who is credited with shooting Bin Laden in 2011, also took exception to Trump retweeting unfounded conspiracies about the raid being faked.

"Very brave men said goodby [sic] to their kids to go kill Osama bin Laden. We were given the order by President Obama. It was not a body double. Thank you Mr. President," O'Neill tweeted on October 13.

On Thursday, O'Neill simply tweeted "It happened," with a photo of himself and three other Navy SEALs whose faces were blurred.

Guthrie also asked the president about the QAnon conspiracy theory. He has previously retweeted messages from believers in QAnon, who hold that Trump is fighting Satanic pedophiles.

Trump said he didn't know much about QAnon except they're "very much against pedophilia." Guthrie pressed Trump on the fact that many of QAnon's beliefs are baseless.

"I just don't know about QAnon," he said, to which Guthrie replied: "You do know."

"Haha, so cute," the president said.

President Donald Trump Walks Towards Marine One
U.S. President Donald Trump walks towards Marine One as he departs the White House October 15, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Trump is traveling to Greenville, North Carolina, for a campaign event. Mary Trump, his niece, has attracted attention with her latest tweet about her "crazy uncle." Alex Wong/Getty Images