WASHINGTON – The White House and the Trump campaign on Sunday dismissed secretly recorded audio in which Trump’s sister Maryanne Trump Barry said the president has “no principles” and “you can’t trust him.”
Mary Trump, the president’s niece, surreptitiously taped the 15 hours of face-to-face conversations with Barry in 2018 and 2019. She provided The Washington Post with previously unreleased transcripts and audio excerpts.
In an interview Sunday on ABC News’s “This Week,” White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said Trump “has been public with his response – you know, just another day and another attack that we continue to see.”
“I can tell you that I’ve never met the judge,” Meadows said of Maryanne Trump, who retired last year from her job as a federal judge. “I was at the funeral the other day. I was hoping to meet her there. She didn’t show up for her brother’s funeral.”
The president’s brother Robert died Aug. 15 at age 71. A private memorial service was held at the White House on Friday.
In one of the secretly recorded conversations, Barry, 83, appeared aghast at how her 74-year-old brother operated as president. “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 s—.”
Meadows pushed back against that criticism Sunday while criticizing Mary Trump, who he said was “written out of a will” and “has an ax to grind because she wants Joe Biden to be president.”
“The president that I have the privilege of serving is not the one that’s being described on a 15-hour . . . secret tape,” Meadows said. “I mean, what family member tapes another family member for 15 hours secretly?”
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Source: Stamford Advocate