Reflecting on the impact of his presidency on her, Donald acknowledged the challenges she faced, stating, “Her life was largely problem-free, PERFECT, until I made it difficult for her when I decided to run for President.” During Donald’s presidential campaign, Barry faced public scrutiny, choosing not to defend herself due to her judicial position.
While Donald and Maryanne had a complex relationship, marked by Mary Trump’s recordings of Barry criticizing her brother, Donald concluded his post honoring her work as a judge and sister. He emphasized her intelligence, recalling compliments from others and stating, “She was a great Judge, and a great sister. She will be truly missed!”
Barry, appointed to the District Court in New Jersey in 1983 by Ronald Reagan, faced a misconduct investigation in 2019 related to alleged tax fraud in the 1980s and 1990s. Her retirement halted the inquiry, and she remained out of the public eye thereafter.