Maryanne Trump Barry, Renowned Judge and Sibling to Former President, Passes at 86

In Memoriam: Maryanne Trump Barry, A Judge’s Journey

New York City Police Department confirmed the passing of Maryanne Trump Barry, the esteemed older sister of former President Donald Trump. A luminary in the judicial realm, Barry, 86, retired in April 2019 from her role as a federal appellate judge, as per the New York Times.

Despite their ideological disparities on public policy, in 2016, Donald Trump lauded his sister as a “highly respected judge.” However, their discord surfaced vividly in 2020 when contentious secret audio recordings, capturing Barry’s scathing commentary, emerged. Trump dismissively labeled the content as inconsequential, expressing, “Every day it’s something else, who cares?” according to the Washington Post.

These recordings, notably unveiled by Mary Trump, Donald Trump’s niece and a published author on the family, portrayed Barry’s candid sentiments. In a talk from 2018, Barry openly called her brother “unkind” and accused him of doing things to please his political supporters without sticking to strong principles. She specifically mentioned the contentious issue of U.S.-Mexico border policy that led to family separations.

Maryanne Trump Barry

Before her illustrious judicial career, Barry served as a federal prosecutor. She began her journey as a judge when President Ronald Reagan selected her for the Federal District Court in New Jersey back in 1983. President Bill Clinton later appointed her to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in 1999, as reported by the New York Times.

Barry’s notable decision to cease hearing cases following Donald Trump’s assumption of the presidency in 2017 adds a layer of intrigue to her legacy, underlining her nuanced relationship within the political sphere.

Maryanne Trump Barry leaves behind a remarkable legal legacy that includes her significant impact on the legal system and her honest expressions within the complex Trump family dynamics.


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