Republicans have come out to defend US president Donald Trump, after a secret audio recording emerged of his sister, Maryanne, calling him ‘cruel’ and confirming that he cheated on his SATs exams when he was young.
The recording released on Sunday August 23, serves as a confirmation of claims made by Mary in her memoir ‘Too Much and Never Enough’ where she claims the president paid someone to take his SATs.
Trump’s niece Mary, recorded the audio conversation of Maryanne without her knowledge and used part of it for her bombshell book about the president.
In the recording obtained by the Washington Post, Maryanne dismissed Trump’s intelligence saying ‘he doesn’t read’ and cited his only accomplishments as his ‘five bankruptcies’.
The president’s sister (pictured above) also said in the recording that Trump has ‘no principles’, ‘you can’t trust him’ and he has been ‘lying’ throughout his presidency.
She also slammed the president for his ‘phoniness’ and called him ‘cruel’ over his controversial migrant policies where thousands of children were separated from their families and held in detention centers.
Trump’s campaign aide, Jason Miller has now dismissed the comments from Trump’s 83-year-old sister as typical ‘sibling rivalry.’
‘Sibling rivalries are nothing new in the world. It’s been going on since the beginning of time,’ Miller told NBC’s Chuck Todd on ‘Meet the Press’ when asked if he felt her newly revealed comments would impact swing voters during the November election.
‘Going into next week, it’s not something that’s going to be an issue,’ he assured.
Miller also pointed to when former President Barack Obama’s half brother Malik Obama spoke out against him, saying siblings in the political world always speak out against their more accomplished or successful brother/sister.
‘This is something unfortunately when you get to the White House you have family members who sometimes decide to voice their sibling rivalries or frustrations. Nothing new,’ Miller said.
Miller also slammed the Post for publishing the exclusive content when Trump was hosting a funeral for his brother.
‘This past week, the president and Maryanne Trump lost their brother, Robert Trump. And he was just laid to rest and had their services for him at the White House on Friday, and I really do think that it’s shameful that the Washington Post came and ran the story yesterday, literally the day after the funeral services for Robert Trump,’ Miller said.
‘It’s just an attempt to try to tear down the president, to do that right after they lay their brother to rest, I think is shameful,’ he reiterated.
White House Chief of Staff and top Republican, Mark Meadows also went on the offensive during an interview with ABC News’ ‘This Week’ on Sunday night claiming this is ‘just another day and another attack.’
‘The president that I have the privilege of serving is not the one that’s being described on a 15-hour, I guess is what I’m reading, secret tape. I mean what family member tapes another family member for 15 hours secretly?’ Meadows lambasted.
Mewdows also claimed that Maryanne did not show up to her own brother, Robert Trump’s funeral on Friday.
‘I’ve never met the judge,’ Meadows continued of Trump’s older sister.
‘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.’
Meadows continued; ‘I can tell you a number of other things that supposedly have been alleged that the president doesn’t read much,’ Meadows said.
‘Each and everyday, he reads probably more than anybody I know, which causes me to have to read more because every morning he’s giving me a to-do list. Every evening he’s giving me a to-do list.’
‘So, listen, this is politics as usual by a niece that was written out of a will that would apparently — just has an axe to grind because she wants Joe Biden to be president,’ Meadows continued of Trump’s 55-year-old niece.’
Nancy Pelosi also weighed in on the news, claiming it’s ‘heartbreaking’ Maryanne has such a negative view of her brother Donald Trump .
‘It’s heartbreaking to think that a family member of the President of the United States would have that view of him,’ the House Speaker said during an interview with CNN’s ‘State of the Union’ .
‘This is just further evidence of his inauthenticity and his lack of integrity,’ Pelosi told host Jake Tapper.
Donald Trump slams Meghan Markle and wishes Prince Harry luck ‘because he’ll need it’
US President, Donald Trump, has launched an attack on Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, insisting he is “not a fan” .
Meghan and husband Prince Harry stepped down as senior royals at the start of this year in a dramatic decision that rocked Buckingham palace.
They have since relocated to Los Angeles where they hope to earn a living from Hollywood.
Meghan and Prince Harry have recently been encouraging Americans to vote, seemingly in support of Trump’s rival Joe Biden.
Harry and Meghan recently shared a video on social media urging people to vote.
Prince Harry said: “As we approach this November, it’s vital that we reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity.”
Many believe his comments were targeted towards Trump, who has often come under fire for his comments about minority ethnic groups.
Meghan, who sat next to him, said: “We’re six weeks out from the election, and today is Voter Registration Day.
Every four years, we’re told the same thing, ‘This is the most important election of our lifetime.’ But this one is. When we vote, our values are put into action, and our voices are heard.'”
But when asked by the DailyMail about the pair’s comments, Trump said: “I’m not a fan of hers.
“I would say this – and she has probably has heard that – I wish a lot of luck to Harry because he’s going to need it.”
Cocaine worth up to £100 million found hidden within fruit shipments at Dover port (photos)
Authorities have discovered a ton of cocaine concealed within shipments of fruit at Dover port, England.
The class A drugs, which reportedly have a street value of approximately £100 million, were discovered in pallets that had arrived into the Port of Dover on a vessel from South America on Tuesday September 22.
The ‘huge seizure’ will now take away a ‘valuable commodity that would have been sold to fund further serious and organised criminality’, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said.
Two men have been arrested on suspicion of importing class A drugs following a joint operation by the NCA and Police Scotland Organised Crime Partnership.
The 40-year-old from Brentwood, Essex, and the 64-year-old from central Glasgow were questioned before they were later released under investigation.
NCA director of investigations Nikki Holland said: ‘This is a huge seizure of class A drugs, made as a result of some excellent joint working between the NCA and Police Scotland under the Organised Crime Partnership (Scotland), and our Border Force colleagues.
‘This operation has prevented a large amount of cocaine from making it on to our streets, we estimate that once adulterated and sold it could have had a street value of up to £100 million.
‘So in making this seizure we have taken away a valuable commodity that would have been sold to fund further serious and organised criminality.
‘Our investigation into this attempted importation is continuing.’
Angela McLaren, assistant chief constable of organised crime, counter-terrorism, and intelligence also said: ‘This seizure is undoubtedly a massive setback for serious and organised criminals.
‘This operation and our other recent successes underline our unwavering commitment to working with partners, including the NCA, Border Force and SOC Taskforce, to disrupt this sort of criminality.’
‘Working together we will relentlessly pursue those who seek to bring misery to our communities whether they are in Scotland or elsewhere in the world.’
Searches have been carried out in Glasgow and Essex as the investigation continues, the NCA said.
Humanitarian Affairs Minister, Sadiya Farouq reportedly weds Chief Of Air Staff, Sadique Abubakar
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has married the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq.
DailyTrust reports that the wedding Fatiha between the two top government officials, held last Friday, September 18, 2020, at the Maitama Juma’a Mosque in Abuja.
“It is true that the chief of air staff and the humanitarian affairs minister have gotten married. Very few people were invited to attend the wedding fatiha because the couple and those close to them didn’t want to publicize the issue” a source told DailyTrust
Another source said the two have been in love for some time.
“They have been in a relationship for a while and what happened on Friday has put to rest all the speculations about her relationship with President Muhammadu Buhari,” he said
Hajia Farouq made news in October last year when it was widely speculated that she was set to wed President Buhari. The Presidency released a statement dismissing the report.