Who is Donald Trump’s Sister, Maryanne Trump Barry?
Donald Trump’s wives and children are often discussed in the media, but little is shared about his siblings. Trump has two older sisters, Maryanne Trump Barry, and Elizabeth Trump Grau and a younger brother, Robert Trump, Business Insider reports. His brother Fredrick died in 1981.
His sister, Maryanne Trump Barry is in the spotlight, possibly providing investigators with damaging evidence of Trump’s finances. What did investigators find? And who is Barry and what kind of relationship does she have with her brother?
Barry’s financial documents triggered this investigation
The New York Times discovered a financial document from Barry’s 1999 Senate federal appellate judicial confirmation hearings. Reporters found a $1 million contribution from All County Building Supply & Maintenance, a Trump family backed company.
Reporters learned that “All County” served as a financial vessel created by Trump. The vessel allows he and his siblings to move money from their father’s companies to the children. Furthermore, whenever the company would buy items for a Trump building, they would be billed to Fred Trump’s buildings. This would be done at a 20% to 50% markup. Then the children–Trump and his siblings–would just keep the difference.
Trump and his siblings also received millions of dollars in financial gifts that were never taxed from their father, The New York Times reports. This allowed them to avoid the 55% tax on gifts beyond a certain value, which would have considerably reduced the overall amount.
She is a federal judge
Barry is a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit in Philadelphia, although she has inactive senior status and no longer hears cases, according to NBC News. She took senior status in June 2011, which means judges are in semi-retirement but can hear cases. In 2017, she moved to inactive senior status, meaning Barry no longer hears cases. However, appointment to the federal bench is for life, so Barry retains judicial authority.
These presidents appointed Barry to the federal positions
Barry was the first woman assistant U.S. attorney in her office, according to The Washington Post. She was then appointed to the U.S. District Court in 1983 by President Ronald Reagan. She admits Trump helped her land that position.
President Bill Clinton appointed her to the U.S. Court of Appeals in 1999. And was also appointed as chair of the Criminal Law Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States, by Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist.
She differs with her brother on these issues
Barry is a private person, who is pro-choice, according to New York Public Radio (WNYC). She also issued an opinion in 2006 about immigration, saying, “Americans should be ashamed if they don’t heed the welcome message under the Statue of Liberty,” WNYC reports.
She openly discussed her parent’s immigrant beginnings too. “Neither of my parents had English as a first language,” WNYC recounts. “My father’s father died when he was a teenager, and dad went to work to support his mother and two siblings as a carpenter and as a builder’s mule, hauling carts of lumber to construction sites when it was too icy for the mules to climb the hills.”
Unlike her brother, she doesn’t see fear as a sign of weakness. “I was the first one in my family to go to college,” The Washington Post recounts. “… I was desperately homesick. I was scared. And I didn’t do very well that year. But I graduated, and I went on to be a full-time mother, and only after being a mother for 13 years did I go on to go to law school. My first job out of law school was as one of two women assistant U.S. attorneys in an office of 63 U.S. attorneys, and the first woman to do criminal work appearing only before male judges. Scared? Every day of my life.”
But they share these similarities
Although they have their differences, Barry has the signature “no-nonsense” way of sugar coating her delivery, including her thoughts on being politically correct, the Washington Post reports.
“I stand second to none in condemning sexual harassment of women,” The Washington Post recounts a speech she made in 1992. “But what is happening is that every sexy joke of long ago, every flirtation, is being recalled by some women and revised and reevaluated as sexual harassment. Many of these accusations are, in anybody’s book, frivolous…. Frivolous accusations reduce, if not eliminate, not only communication between men and women but any kind of playfulness and banter. Where has the laughter gone?”
Barry has a close relationship with her brother
In addition to being a bridesmaid at Trump’s first wedding, she was also his confidant after Trump made derogatory comments about Megyn Kelly during the 2016 presidential debates, WNYC reports.
Trump visited his sister every day in the hospital after she had foot surgery. Barry and Trump’s other siblings also lent him millions of dollars when he was broke. In a number of speeches, Trump said this about Barry: “Maryanne, a really great sister.”
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