The eldest sister of former American president Donald Trump has died. Former federal judge Maryanne Trump Barry was found in her New York apartment early Monday morning. The TV channel ABC reports that the emergency services were called due to a heart attack.
Barry served as a judge on an appeals court in the US state of New Jersey until 2019. She was initially appointed to a district court by former US President Ronald Reagan in 1983 and then became an appeals court judge in 1999 following a decision by President Bill Clinton. Barry eventually resigned following investigations into possible tax fraud by her father and siblings.
Donald Trump has been president of the United States for four years since 2017 and wants to be re-elected for a new term next year. The 77-year-old has not yet commented on his sister’s death. Barry made critical comments about him in recordings published in 2020. She described him as a liar “without principles”.
The ex-president never spoke badly about her. In 2015, Trump praised her and suggested she could be considered for a seat on the Supreme Court. “I think she would be phenomenal. I think she would be one of the best,” he told Bloomberg TV.