Daily US Times: President Donald Trump’s sister Maryanne Trump Barry bitterly criticized him, saying, “Donald’s out for Donald,” and appeared to confirm her niece Mary Trump’s previous allegations that the President had a friend take his SATs to get into college, according to a leaked audio.
The Washington Post first obtained audio from Mary Trump, author of a recent bombshell book about Mr Trump and one of his most outspoken critics. The transcripts of that audio was previously released. Mary Trump has said in previous that Donald Trump is unfit to be president and has voiced support for his rival and Democratic candidate Joe Biden, revealed to the Post that she had secretly taped 15 hours of face-to-face conversations with Maryanne Trump Barry in 2018 and 2019.
Trump’s sister called him “cruel” in one of the conversations revealed by the Post.
Among some of the more critical comments made by the elder sister of Mr Trump, was commenting on how hhe operated as president. She said, according to the recording: “His goddamned tweet and lying, oh my God. I’m talking too freely, but you know. The change of stories. The lack of preparation. The lying. Holy shit.”
According to the Post, Barry, a retired federal appellate judge, has never spoken publicly about disagreements with President Trump, but the audio seems to tell a different story of discord and a rift that began when she asked her brother for a favor in the 1980s, which she claims Trump has frequently used to try to take credit for her success.
She also said at one point to her niece, “It’s the phoniness of it all. It’s the phoniness and this cruelty. Donald is cruel,” according to the recordings and audio scripts.
Perhaps the most revealing part of the newly released audio is a conversation Trump’s sister had with her niece on Nov. 1, 2018. That part of the conversation seems to be the impetus for the allegation that Mr Trump paid someone to take his SATs exam, which was one of the most publicized allegations in Mary Trump’s book “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created The World’s Most Dangerous Man,” the Post reports.
The conversation went like this, according to the Post, Barry said to Mary: “He went to Fordham for one year [actually two years] and then he got into University of Pennsylvania because he had somebody take the exams.”
Mary responded: “No way! He had somebody take his entrance exams?”
“SATs or whatever. . . . That’s what I believe,” Barry then replied, then said “I even remember the name.” That person was Joe Shapiro.”
The Washington Post went on to note that Mary Trump has said it was not the Joe Shapiro that went to Penn with Donald, and that person has not surfaced.
A spokesman for Mary Trump, Chris Bastardi, told the Post that she began taping conversations in 2018 with her aunt after she claims that her relatives had lied about the value of the family estate two decades earlier during a legal battle over her inheritance of the property, in which she claims she received far less than she expected.
In a statement on Saturday evening, Bastardi said that “Mary realized members of her family had lied in prior depositions. Anticipating litigation, she felt it prudent to tape conversations in order to protect herself.”
”She never expected to learn much of what she heard, including the President’s sister, Federal Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, state that Donald Trump had paid someone to take an SAT exam for him,” the statement added.
The White House provided a statement n Saturday evening from President Donald Trump, saying “Every day it’s something else, who cares. I miss my brother, and I’ll continue to work hard for the American people. Not everyone agrees, but the results are obvious. Our country will soon be stronger than ever before.” Mr Trump said in reference to his brother Robert Trump who died earlier this month.
The White House said in a statement in July, prior to the release of Mary Trump’s book, that the SAT allegation was “absurd” and “completely false.”
The release of the audio came on the heels of the Democratic National Convention (DNC), during which Democrats and several other prominent Republicans focused on framing the 2020 election as one about character and morality, rather than ideological policies.