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Report: US President Trump’s sister slams him as “cruel” and “a liar” in secret recordings

Jack Burton



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In a shock revelation, secretly made recordings reveal that Maryanne Trump Barry, the older sister of US President Donald Trump, described him as “cruel” and a “liar”, whose lack of principles meant he could “not be trusted.” The recordings, obtained by the Washington Post, were published yesterday. They are the latest unflattering insider account to target the president, but instead of a fired aide or jilted business associate, they come from one of his closest relatives.

Barry, a former federal judge, slammed her brother over his immigration policy, which continues to sees children separated from their parents at the border and sent to “detention centres”.

“All he wants to do is appeal to his base. He has no principles. None. His goddamned tweets and lying, oh my God.”

The recordings were made by the president’s niece Mary Trump, who last month published her own bombshell memoir of the “toxic family” that produced the president. Robert Trump, the president’s younger brother, who died last week, went to court to try to block its publication, arguing that Mary violated a non-disclosure agreement signed in 2001 after the settlement of her grandfather’s estate, but publication went ahead.

Around 950,000 copies were sold the day of the memoir’s release; the White House called it a “book of falsehoods”.

At one point in the recordings, Barry said to her niece:

“It’s the phoniness of it all. It’s the phoniness and this cruelty. Donald is cruel.”

The recordings also shed light on the source of an embarrassing claim in the memoir that the president paid someone to take a college entrance exam for him.

“He got into University of Pennsylvania because he had somebody take the exams.”

Barry said she even remembered the man’s name.

In response, the White House released a statement to US media from Trump that said:

“Every day it’s something else, who cares. I miss my brother, and I’ll continue to work hard for the American people.”

SOURCE Bangkok Post | France 24


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    Sunday, August 23, 2020 at 6:17 pm

    Whee. Doesn’t change much, since his opposition is still… a cult centered on delusions of persecution and catastrophism.

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    Sunday, August 23, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    I wonder who’s the liar!

    Trump 2020!

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    Toby Andrews

    Sunday, August 23, 2020 at 11:48 pm

    There are so many insider revelations about this president it is hard to know who to believe.
    One thing is clear they all make money out of their revelations, true or not . . .
    I read his book The art of the deal.
    It was entertaining.
    I do not have an opinion on President Trump, it is not my place to comment, being British.
    The USA electorate will decide on his worth at the next election.

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    Cas Smith

    Monday, August 24, 2020 at 8:06 am

    Here comes Jack the Trump slayer again!
    Just stick to Thai news my friend, and stop crying about Trump.

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    Alex Rodriguez

    Monday, August 24, 2020 at 3:09 pm


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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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