Annette Trump According to the New York City Police Department, Barry, the elder sister of former President Donald Trump and a former federal appellate judge, passed away on Monday at the age of 86. She was interviewed by Fox News. Throughout her illustrious legal career, Barry is most known for her work on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Federal District Court in New Jersey.
A Respected Legal Career: In 1983, then-President Ronald Reagan nominated Maryanne Trump Barry to the Federal District Court in New Jersey after she had worked as a federal prosecutor. President Bill Clinton acknowledged her commitment to excellence and legal knowledge when he named her to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in 1999. She remained there until her retirement in April 2019.
Relationship as Siblings: In 2016, Donald Trump lauded his sister as a “highly respected judge” despite their divergent political philosophies. Their relationship came under public scrutiny over time, especially after Mary Trump, Donald Trump’s niece, revealed secret audio recordings she had recorded in 2020. Maryanne Trump Barry was heard criticizing her brother on those recordings, calling him “cruel” and having “no principles.” In response, Donald Trump said, “Every day it’s something else, who cares?” and discounted the recordings.
Contentious Statements in Covert Tapes:
Barry attacked Donald Trump’s political strategy in the audio-recorded chat with her niece, saying that he just catered to his supporters and lacked morals. She raised particular concerns on the zero-tolerance policy used by the Trump administration at the border between the United States and Mexico, which led to the separation of minors from their parents during immigration court proceedings. Later, the policy was abandoned.
Maryanne Trump’s Judicial Career Comes to an End Barry’s retirement in 2019 signaled the end of a significant legal career. According to the New York Times, Barry notified the court that she would no longer be taking new cases shortly after Donald Trump took office in 2017.
Legacy and Impact: Maryanne Trump Barry has had a lasting impact on the judicial system that goes well beyond her relationships to her family. Her enduring legacy will include her commitment to public service and her services to the federal judiciary. In the days to come, it’s possible that opinions on her work and the difficulties of having family relationships in the spotlight will surface as word of her departure spreads.