Did Trump Pay Someone to Take His SATs as His Niece Claims?

Published July 8th, 2020 - 05:32 GMT
 U.S. President Donald Trump first lady Melania Trump participate in an event with students, teachers and administrators about how to safely re-open schools during the novel coronavirus pandemic in the East Room at the White House July 07, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images via AFP)
U.S. President Donald Trump first lady Melania Trump participate in an event with students, teachers and administrators about how to safely re-open schools during the novel coronavirus pandemic in the East Room at the White House July 07, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images via AFP)
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Also says his father was 'loving' and was never 'hard on him'.

The White House released a statement on Tuesday claiming President Donald Trump asserts he did not cheat on his SATs like his niece claimed in her upcoming book.

'The absurd SAT allegation is completely false,' Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Matthews told DailyMail.com in a statement.

'The President describes the relationship he had with his father as warm and said his father was very good to him,' she continued of additional claims by Mary Trump that Fred. Trump Sr. was abusive. 'He said his father was loving and not at all hard on him as a child.'


Mary insists in her book, among several other claims, that her uncle paid someone to take his SATs for him so he could get into the famous Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

She also detailed in her book that the president suffered 'child abuse' at the hands of his father.

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters Tuesday that Mary's new book about her the president is filled with lies – even though she revealed she has not yet read the book.

'It's a book of falsehoods and that's about it,' McEnany told reporters gathered at the White House Tuesday afternoon.

When asked about specific claims the president's niece makes in the memoir, which have come to light ahead of the book's release, McEnany reiterated that it has 'no bearing in truth.'

'It's ridiculous, absurd allegations that have absolute no bearing in truth,' McEnany said.

'Have yet to see the book,' she continued, 'but it is a book of falsehoods. 

DailyMail.com has obtained a copy of Mary Trump's book ahead of its release.

Trump tried to stop the publication of his niece's explosive memoir, with his brother, Robert Trump, petitioning in late June two different judges to interrupt the July release date.

After one judge ruled to temporarily halt the release of the already published book, a New York appeals judge reversed the decision last Wednesday in ruling publisher Simon & Schuster could go ahead with its plans.

Mary Trump, the daughter of Fred Trump Jr., says 'love meant nothing' to Fred Trump Sr. and he only wanted obedience, which the president was forced to give him.

Donald's mother became ill when he was two years old, leaving him with 'total dependence on a caregiver (Fred Sr) who also caused him terror,' Mary writes in Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man. 

Neglected by his workaholic father, Mary claims the President 'suffered deprivations that would scar him for life' and describes Donald as Frankenstein's monster.

The 55-year-old psychologist writes that she believes her uncle is not only a narcissist, but 'meets the criteria for antisocial personality disorder, which in its most severe form is generally considered sociopathy'. 

She also alleges Donald paid a friend to take his SATs for him in order to attend the University of Pennsylvania for its famous Wharton School of Business. 

And in another chapter, Mary claims her uncle ogled her when she was 29 years old and in a swimsuit at Mar-a-Lago, with Donald allegedly saying: 'Holy s**t, Mary, you're stacked!' 

Simon & Schuster announced this week that Mary's memoir would be released two weeks early. It will now come out on July 14 instead of July 28 due to 'high demand and extraordinary interest' that has pushed it to No. 1 on the Amazon best seller list.

The memoir is still the subject of a legal dispute between Mary and the Trump family and a hearing is scheduled for Thursday before a judge in Dutchess County, north of New York City.  

In her book, Mary states she received a PhD in clinical psychology from the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies and spent a year working on the admissions ward of a psychiatric center in Manhattan.

She says she has 'no problem' calling Donald a narcissist, as many pundits have described him.

Mary says he 'meets all nine criteria' as outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the standard text for defining mental illness.

But Mary writes that a case could be made that Donald 'meets the criteria for antisocial personality disorder, which in its most severe form is generally considered sociopathy, but can also refer to chronic criminality, arrogance, and disregard for others'.

She writes 'Donald may also meet some of the criteria for dependent personality disorder' as well.

The hallmarks are: inability to take responsibility, discomfort when being alone and going to extreme lengths to obtain support from others. 

Mary writes: 'He is alleged to drink upward of 12 Diet Cokes a day and sleeps very little. Does he suffer from substance (in this case caffeine) induced sleep disorder? 

'He has a horrible diet and does not exercise, which may contribute to or exacerbate his other possible disorders.' 

In another section of the bombshell book, Mary reveals Donald's eldest sister Maryanne, a now retired federal judge, scoffed at his presidential run, calling him 'a clown' and poked fun at his 'five bankruptcies'. 

She writes: 'When Donald announced his run for the presidency on June 16, 2015 I didn't take it seriously. 

'I didn't think Donald took it seriously. He simply wanted the free publicity for his brand. 

'When his poll numbers started to rise he may have received tacit assurances from Russian President Vladimir Putin that Russia would do everything it could to swing the election in his favor, the appeal of winning grew. 

'He's a clown', my aunt Maryanne said during one of our regular lunches at the time. ''This will never happen''. I agreed. 

''Does anybody even believe the bulls*** that he's a self-made man?'' I asked ''Well,'' Maryanne said, dry as the Saharan, ''he has had five bankruptcies''.'

 

Maryanne also became enraged when Donald began to receive endorsements from evangelical pastors such as Jerry Falwell Jr. 

Maryanne, who is a Catholic since her conversion 50 years ago, allegedly raged to Mary: 'What the f*** is wrong with them? The only time Donald went to church is when the cameras were there. It's mind boggling. He has no principles. None!' 

Maryanne was also angered by Donald using his late brother Fred Jr's death for 'political purposes' when talking about the opioid crisis. 

Fred Jr, Mary's father, died in 1981 after struggling with alcoholism his whole life.  

According to Mary, Maryanne said: 'He's using your father's memory for political purposes, and that's a sin, especially since Freddy should have been the star of the family.' 

Mary claims that as Donald rose through the family business and superseded his brother Fred Jr, who wanted to be a pilot instead, he wanted to attend University of Pennsylvania for its famous Wharton School of Business.

Mary claims that even though Maryanne had been doing Donald's homework - she couldn't turn up to do his tests, which was a problem.

Donald's grade point average was 'far from the top of the class' and he worried he wouldn't get in.

So Donald allegedly enlisted the help of a friend called Joe Shapiro, who Mary calls a 'smart kid with a reputation for being a good test taker'.

With no ID checks in those days, Shapiro took the test and Donald 'paid his buddy well'.

He also asked Fred Jr to speak to James Nolan, a friend of his from school who worked in the admissions office of the university.

Donald got his way and in 1966 he transferred from Fordham University in New York where he was studying to University of Pennsylvania.  

Mary recounts the episode that caused a schism in the Trump family and led to Donald becoming the man he is.

She writes that when Maryanne was 12 years old, she found their mother Mary in the bathroom unconscious. She was rushed to the hospital where she underwent an emergency hysterectomy due to complications from her son Robert's birth nine months before.

After surgeries Mary was never the same and her absence 'created a void in the lives of her children'. 

The impact was 'especially dire' for Donald and Robert, who were two and a half years old and nine months old, respectively'. 

Mary calls Fred Sr a 'high functioning sociopath', marked by a lack of empathy, a facility for lying and a lack of interest in others.

The greater Donald and Robert's distress, the 'more Fred Sr rebuffed them', Mary claims.

As a result 'needing' became equated with humiliation and despair' in Donald's mind.

Mary describes how when Donald was a boy he used to hide Robert's favorite Tonka trucks and pretended he had no idea where they were.

The last time he did it Robert had a tantrum and Donald threatened to pull them apart if he didn't shut up.

Their mother responded by hiding the trucks in the attic, effectively punishing Robert for something that Donald did. 

The back of the book reads that 'child abuse is, in some sense, a matter of 'too much' or 'not enough'. 

It reads: 'Donald's mother became ill when he was two and a half, suddenly depriving him of his main source of comfort and human contact. His father, Fred, became his only available parent.' 

 'But Fred firmly believed that dealing with young children was not his duty, and kept to his twelve-hours-a-day, six-days-a-week job at Trump Management, as if his children could look after themselves.

'From the beginning, Fred's self-interest skewed his priorities and his care of children reflected his own needs, not theirs. He could not empathize with Donald's plight, so his son's fears and longings went unsoothed.

'Love meant nothing to Fred; he expected obedience, that was all. Over time, Donald became afraid that asking for comfort or attention would provoke his father's anger or indifference when Donald was most vulnerable.

'That Fred would become the primary source of Donald's solace when he was much more likely to be a source of fear or rejection put Donald in an intolerable position: total dependence on a caregiver who also caused him terror. Donald suffered deprivations that would scar him for life.' 

Mary, 55, is a psychologist and her publishers say she has a unique insight into what makes the Trumps tick.

She spent much of her youth in her grandparents' house in Queens, New York, and had a front row seat to her 'toxic' family.

The book is also expected to reveal that Mary was the primary source of the New York Times' Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into the President's tax history.

That report, published in October 2018, found the president received more than $400 million in today's dollars from his father's real estate empire and had been involved in 'fraudulent' tax schemes - crushing his image as a self-made man. 

The legal tussle over the book centers around a nondisclosure agreement that Mary signed 20 years ago to settle a dispute over the estate of her grandfather Fred Sr.

The Trumps argue this prevents her from writing a memoir, but she disagrees.

Simon & Schuster have already revealed other details from the book, including how in the Trump family 'financial worth is the same as self-worth; humans are only valued in monetary terms'.

The book will reveal that 'a 'killer' instinct is revered, while qualities such as empathy, kindness, and expertise are punished.

According to Mary, among the Trump family 'taking responsibility for your failures is discouraged' and 'cheating as a way of life'.

In an affidavit filed last week, Mary claimed she relied on 'false valuations' from the rest of her family to determine the amount she got from Fred Sr's will.

Mary has previously alleged in a lawsuit the Trump family took advantage of a mentally incapacitated Fred Sr to all but cut her and her brother, Fred Trump III, out of his will. 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


© Associated Newspapers Ltd.

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