Maryanne Trump Barry, President TrumpDonald John TrumpCEO of National Enquirer parent company steps down Biden says he would shut US down amid pandemic if scientists said it was needed Warren calls for Postal Service board members to fire DeJoy or resign MORE’s older sister, said that her brother “has no principles” in secretly recorded audio obtained by the Washington Post.
In 2018, Trump suggested that Barry, who previously served as a federal judge in New York, should be placed at the border amid a wave of refugees entering the United States.
The now-retired appeals court judge and Clinton appointee grumbled about his statement and criticized his actions in office in a conversation secretly recorded by her niece, Mary Trump.
At the time, the administration enacted the “zero tolerance” immigration enforcement policy that stated that an immigrant who crossed the border without permission, including those seeking asylum, would be prosecuted by the Department of Justice. If they crossed with children, they would be separated and handed over to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
“All he wants to do is appeal to his base,” Barry reportedly said in the audio. “He has no principles. None. None. And his base, I mean my God, if you were a religious person, you want to help people. Not do this.”
Mary Trump, daughter of Trump’s brother Fred, recently published a book titled “Too Much and Never Enough” in July that paints an unflattering picture of the Trump family.
Barry continued saying that Trump “hasn’t read my immigration opinions” if he thinks she would be his ally on the border, adding that “he doesn’t read” in general. The president’s sister said she disagreed with “what they’re doing with kids at the border” and has once berated another judge for not treating an asylum seeker with respect.
In Mary Trump’s audio, Barry also expressed frustration with her brother’s demeanor which she said was phony.
“His goddamned tweet and lying, oh my God,” she said. “I’m talking too freely, but you know. The change of stories. The lack of preparation. The lying. Holy shit.”
“It’s the phoniness of it all. It’s the phoniness and this cruelty. Donald is cruel,” she added.
In the past, Trump has come under scrutiny from critics for his tweets. He has also been flagged on twitter for posting media that the social media giant has deemed as “manipulated” or violated Twitter rules regarding “abusive behavior.”
In addition, his campaign has been banned from the platform for posting tweets with misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic.
The Post reportedly inquired to Mary Trump about a claim made in her book where she said Trump paid someone to take the SATs in order to transfer to the University of Pennsylvania. She responded by showing the Post 15 hours of face-to-face conversations with Barry in 2018 and 2019.
Mary Trump is the only family member to have publicly rebuked the president.
In the audio Barry described the president as a “brat,” adding that she “did his homework for him” and “I drove him around New York City to try to get him into college.”
“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,” Barry said.
In a statement to The Hill, Trump appeared to brush off the audio, noting he misses his brother, Robert Trump, who died last week.
“Every day it’s something else, who cares,” Trump said. “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.”