President Donald Trump’s sister Maryanne Trump Barry delivered scathing feedback on her brother’s character and his efficiency as president in secretly recorded conversations along with her niece, Mary Trump, who revealed a tell-all book about her uncle.
According to The Washington Post, which first reported the recordings, Mary Trump recorded 15 hours of her talks with Barry in 2018 and 2019. Barry, 83, shared her opinion of her brother from his childhood to his presidency, calling him a “brat” and a “liar.”
“All he wants to do is appeal to his base,” Barry mentioned of her youthful brother in one excerpt of the recordings obtained by USA TODAY. “He has no principles. None.”
“His goddamned tweet and the lying, oh my God,” she mentioned in one other clip. “I’m talking too freely, but you know. The change of stories. The lack of preparation. The lying.”
Barry, a former federal decide, decried what Trump’s administration was “doing with the kids at the border” and scoffed on the president’s suggestion that he may ship her there to assist deal with immigration circumstances.
“Well, I guess he hasn’t read my immigration opinions,” she mentioned.
“What has he read?” Mary Trump replied.
“No, he doesn’t read,” Barry mentioned. In one other excerpt, Barry associated a story in which her brother was incredulous that she learn books as an alternative of watching Fox News.
“You can’t trust him,” Barry mentioned in one other trade. She mentioned the one issues Trump completed on his personal had been his bankruptcies.
“Every day it’s something else, who cares,” the president mentioned in a assertion responding to the recordings, which had been launched after a White House funeral for his brother Robert. “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.”
When requested concerning the recordings Sunday on ABC News, White House chief of employees Mark Meadows characterised them as “politics as usual.” He mentioned Mary Trump “has an axe to grind” as a result of she helps Democratic nominee Joe Biden and “was written out of a will.”
“What family member tapes another family member for 15 hours secretly?” Meadows requested “This Week” host George Stephanopolous. He disputed Barry’s portrait of her brother.
“The president that I have the privilege of serving is not the one that’s being described in the recordings,” he mentioned.
Contrary to Barry’s claims, Meadows mentioned Trump “reads probably more than anybody I know” and “does more than any president that I’ve ever been able to have the privilege of researching and reading about in terms of wanting to make sure that we have advance critical agendas for the hardworking American people on Main Street.”
Meadows mentioned he had hoped to fulfill Barry on the White House service for Robert Trump, however “she didn’t show up for her brother’s funeral.”
Senior Trump marketing campaign adviser Jason Miller dismissed Barry’s feedback as a typical household dispute on NBC News’ “Meet the Press.”
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“Sibling rivalries are nothing new in the world. It’s been going on since the beginning of time,” Miller mentioned, citing criticism leveled at former President Barack Obama from his half brother Malik. “Unfortunately, when you get to the White House, you have family members who sometimes decide to voice their sibling rivalries or frustrations.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., mentioned on CNN’s “State of the Union” that it was “heartbreaking to think that a family member of the president of the United States would have that view of him.”
“This is just further evidence of his inauthenticity and his lack of integrity,” Pelosi mentioned.
Chris Bastardi, a spokesman for Mary Trump, mentioned she recorded her conversations along with her aunt as a result of “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,” Bastardi mentioned in a assertion.
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Contributing: David Jackson