White House and Trump campaign officials on Sunday dismissed audio of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTwo ‘The Apprentice’ producers helping with Republican National Convention About 70,000 lives could be saved in near future if people wear masks: researchers Trump issues disaster declaration for California as wildfires rage MORE’s sister disparaging him, while Democrats and Republicans sparred on coronavirus relief and a measure that would provide $25 billion in funding for the postal service.
In the audio,surreptitiously recorded by the president’s niece Mary, his sister, Maryanne Trump Barry, a retired federal judge, laments “[h]is goddamned tweets and lying.”
“I’m talking too freely, but you know. The change of stories. The lack of preparation. The lying. Holy s—. It’s the phoniness of it all. It’s the phoniness and this cruelty. Donald is cruel,” she adds.
Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller dismissed the comments as “sibling rivalry,” comparing them to criticism of former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaMichelle Obama speech garners most social media interaction of Democratic convention Biden showed the way back to the light — will Americans take it? Trump campaign, RNC have spent more than billion since beginning of 2017, filings show MORE by his half-brother Malik.
“Sibling rivalries are nothing new in the world. It’s been going on since the beginning of time, in fact, we heard some pretty pointed commentary from Malik Obama about former President Barack Obama,” Miller said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
“And so, 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 … [In] my conversations with the president over the years, I’ve only heard him say positive things about his sister, as someone who’s a very accomplished judge,” Miller added.
White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsHouse passes B bill to boost Postal Service Sunday shows preview: Republicans gear up for national convention, USPS debate continues in Washington Meadows appears in Capitol to talk to Pelosi amid stalled coronavirus negotiations MORE was similarly dismissive, telling ABC’s “This Week” that the leaked audio represented “just another day and another attack.”
Asked specifically about the claim that Trump had someone else take college exams, such as the SATs, for him, Meadows responded, “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 BidenJoe BidenHouse passes B bill to boost Postal Service Trump seeks to overcome eroding support among women Here are the states where Kanye West is on the ballot MORE to be president.”
“I can tell you this that this president, each and every day, is not only well prepped but does more than any president than I’ve ever been able to have the privilege of researching and reading about in terms of wanting to make sure that we advance critical, critical agendas for the hardworking American people,” he added.
House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse passes B bill to boost Postal Service Inside Ed Markey’s unlikely emergence as an icon to Gen Z activists Sunday shows preview: Republicans gear up for national convention, USPS debate continues in Washington MORE (D-Calif.), meanwhile, told CNN’s Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperRatings tick up to 21.7M for DNC’s third night featuring Obama, Harris Bloomberg convention speech goes viral after fly lands on face What we’ll remember from the 2020 Biden convention MORE that the fault lay at the president’s feet for stalled negotiations on the next round of coronavirus relief. The House passed a $3 trillion package in mid-May that has been characterized as an opening offer by Pelosi.
“More than 4 million have been added to the infection list because we paused [testing and tracing efforts],” Pelosi told CNN’s Jake Tapper.
“Over 80,000 more people have died, because they paused,” she continued. “Could we have saved all of those lives? Not all, but many.”
Pelosi also addressed the recording of Barry, saying “It’s heartbreaking to think that a family member of the president of the United States would have that view of him.”
“You know, the president has called everything a hoax for a while. He’s called the virus a hoax, he’s called the Russian interference in our election a hoax. He calls everything a hoax, which is just a projection of what he is: a hoax. This is just further evidence of his inauthenticity and his lack of integrity,” she added.
Meadows, meanwhile, disparaged a House-passed postal service funding measure, calling it a “political statement” on “Fox News Sunday.”
“I offered $10 billion plus reforms for the Postal Service that they’ve been asking for for a long time to Speaker Pelosi [D-Calif.] and [Senate Minority Leader] Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerNew report finds top Senate staffers are more diverse than in 2015 but still predominantly white Pelosi axes idea of Saturday vote on additional COVID relief Ex-Postal Service board member testifies Mnuchin tried to politicize agency MORE [D-N.Y.], and when we offered that there was another thing that came along with that, the postmaster general said he was willing to pay whatever overtime is needed to make sure we deliver the mail on time,” Meadows said.