Maryanne Trump Barry, the older sister of former President Donald Trump, has died Monday at the age of 86, the New York City Police Department has confirmed to Fox News.
Barry was a former federal appellate judge who retired in April 2019, according to the New York Times.
In 2016, Trump called his sister a “highly respected judge” while noting they disagree on public policy issues.
Four years later, Trump dismissed secret audio recordings released of Barry saying he had “no principles” and was “cruel.”
FILE – Donald Trump, Maryanne Trump, and Robert Trump were seen during the opening of Donald Trump’s Taj Mahal Casino in April 1990 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Donald Trump Jr, Maryanne Trump Barry, and Trump Jr.’s ex-wife Vanessa Kay Haydon Trump pose for a portrait during Easter Sunday events at the Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, in April 2006.(Davidoff Studios/Getty Images)
“All he wants to do is appeal to his base. He has no principles. None. None. And his base, I mean my God, if you were a religious person, you want to help people. Not do this,” she allegedly said in the recording published by the Post, referring to the Trump administrations’s so-called zero-tolerance policy at the U.S.-Mexico border that led to children being separated from their parents amid immigration court hearings. The policy was later rescinded.
During her legal career, Barry worked as a federal prosecutor before being nominated by then-President Ronald Reagan to the Federal District Court in New Jersey in 1983, the New York Times reports.