Trump’s sister says he is a liar who “has no principles”. The critical remarks by Maryanne Trump Barry were recorded by her niece, Mary Trump, who last month published a book excoriating the president.
“His goddamned tweet and lying, oh my God,” Ms Barry is heard saying. “It’s the phoniness and this cruelty.”
Mary Trump said she had taped her aunt to protect herself from litigation.
President Trump responded to the latest revelations in a statement issued by the White House, saying: “Every day it’s something else, who cares.”
The recordings were first reported by The Washington Post, after which the Associated Press obtained them.
Trump’s sister reveals his secrets
In the secret recordings, Ms Barry criticizes the Trump administration’s immigration policy, which has led to children being held at migrant detention centres at the border.
“All he wants to do is appeal to his base,” she said.
One of the claims made in Mary Trump’s memoir – Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man – is that her uncle paid a friend to take the SAT test for him – a standardized exam which determines university placement.
Ms. Barry refers to this in the recording, even suggesting that she remembers the name of the friend involved.
“He got into the University of Pennsylvania because he had somebody take the exams,” she said.
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