Mary Trump tore into her cousin Donald Trump Jr. in a recent podcast interview, calling him “deeply unintelligent” and “weak.”
“I’ve been asked this: who’s the stupidest one, and it’s him,” said the psychologist – who is being sued by her uncle, former President Donald Trump, for publishing a book criticizing him – in a Wednesday episode of the liberal podcast “UnPresidented.”
Mary Trump added that her cousin was “left in the dust” by his father, who favors Ivanka.
“And yet he still tries, doesn’t he?” said Mary Trump. “I think he’s like many other people in my family. He has no core, no ideology, no beliefs, and he’ll out-racism anybody, he’ll out-misogyny anybody, he’ll shoot as many innocent animals as possible to get whatever passes for affection in my family.”
She also said that because Donald Trump Jr. is the oldest son in his family, he was born with expectations to follow in his father’s footsteps and surpass him.
“He had no intention of striking out on his own, he had no intention of doing anything but sucking it up and toeing the line,” she said.
Additionally, she took aim at Donald Trump himself, saying he is “the weakest person on the planet.”
Donald Trump cost taxpayers $1.7 million by providing his adult children and three officials with six months of Secret Service protection after he left office, according to a Washington Post analysis of new spending documents.
Before leaving office, Trump triggered a highly unusual order, the paper said, giving extra protection to his four adult children, Donald Trump Jr., 43, Ivanka, 39, and Eric, 37, and Tiffany, 27.
Ivanka’s husband, Jared Kushner, was also granted protection, as was Eric’s wife, Lara.
Trump’s protection order also included three officials; former Secretary to the Treasury Steve Mnuchin, former chief of staff Mark Meadows, and former national security adviser Robert C. O’Brien.
Under law, the Secret Service provides protection for former presidents and spouses for life, as well as their children until they turn 16.
In recent years, former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton have extended it to include college-aged children for a short time after leaving office, The Washington Post said.
However, Trump ordered the Secret Service to devote time and resources to protecting seven wealthy adults, the paper said.
During the six months, the Secret Service spent around $347,000 on airfare, hotels, and rental cars protecting Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, according to the records seen by The Washington Post.
It included vacations to Hawaii, Utah ski county, a Wyoming ranch, and Kiawah Island in South Carolina, the paper said.
Secret Service agents also spent $9,000 on hotel rooms accompanying Kushner on a trip to the United Arab Emirates in May, citing federal spending data posted online.
The cost of protecting Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr. was $241,000 and $213,000, respectively. The Washington Post said the brothers primarily traveled between New York and South Florida, with occasional trips elsewhere.
Tiffany Trump was the cheapest to protect, with partial records showing that the Secret Service spent $56,000 while protecting her, the paper reported.
Several of the payments were made to Trump’s own company. Agents were billed for the rooms they used while protecting his children, the paper reported.
Since leaving office, the former president has lived full-time at his properties and has also charged the Secret Service for rooms, the paper said.
Jordan Libowitz, a spokesman for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, told The Washington Post that the charges, although small, indicated a moral choice for the Trump family.
“The patriotic thing would obviously be not charging the government to stay at your properties and not profiting or profiteering off the government,” Libowitz told the paper.
Of the three officials included in the protection order, Mnuchin was the most expensive to guard, costing the Secret Service $479,000.
This included accompanying Mnuchin on three trips to the Middle East and staying at luxurious hotels, the paper reported.
Mnuchin is a multimillionaire in his own right, with an estimated $400 million fortune, according to Forbes.
Marc Fisher Footwear, the former manufacturer of Ivanka Trump’s shoe line, fell behind nearly $1.5 million in unpaid rent at Trump Tower in New York City, according to a lawsuit filed by the Trump Organization earlier this year.
The lawsuit, which was filed in March and first reported by Bloomberg, alleges the company owed rent for a lease that started in 2015 for the entire 21st floor and parts of the 22nd floor at Trump Tower. The suit said Marc Fisher had not made a rent payment since November 1, 2020.
A Washington Post report published Friday said the suit was settled in April for an undisclosed amount. According to the report, the company wasn’t the only tenant to miss rent payments at the Manhattan skyscraper.
Court documents reviewed by The Post said suit maker Marcraft Clothes, which rented the 18th floor of Trump Tower, was behind $644,000 in rent before going out of business last year. Another company once owned by Kris Jenner owed $198,000 in rent as of October 2020, the court documents said.
Insider’s Grace Panetta reported that Trump Tower has experienced similar financial woes as other commercial real estate properties in New York City during the COVID-19 pandemic. Low tourism rates and a decline in foot traffic on Fifth Avenue, known for its luxury shopping, played a role.
However, a political action committee for Donald Trump has been a consistent source of income for the Trump Organization’s flagship building. The Post reported that the PAC is paying nearly $40,000 in rent for office space on the 15th floor.
The outlet reported that the PAC staffers rarely use the space, as most work from home or from Trump’s other properties in Florida and New Jersey.
“We are paying market rate for leased office space used to help President Trump build a financial juggernaut to help elect America First conservatives and flip both the House and Senate to the Republicans in the midterm elections,” Trump spokeswoman Liz Harrington told The Post.
July 2009: Ivanka told New York Magazine that she and her fiancé were “very mellow.”
“We go to the park. We go biking together. We go to the 2nd Avenue Deli,” she told New York Magazine. “We both live in this fancy world. But on a personal level, I don’t think I could be with somebody — I know he couldn’t be with somebody — who needed to be ‘on’ all the time.”
October 2009: Ivanka and Kushner married at the Trump National Golf Club in New Jersey.
The couple invited 500 guests, including celebrities like Barbara Walters, Regis Philbin, and Anna Wintour, as well as politicians such as Rudy Giuliani and Andrew Cuomo.
July 2011: The couple welcomed their first child, Arabella.
“This morning @jaredkushner and I welcomed a beautiful and healthy little baby girl into the world,” Ivanka announced on Twitter. “We feel incredibly grateful and blessed. Thank you all for your support and well wishes!”
October 2013: Ivanka gave birth to their second child, Joseph.
May 2017: They accompanied President Trump on his first overseas trip in office.
Kushner and Ivanka both served as advisors to the president. For the first overseas trip of Donald Trump’s presidency, they accompanied him to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Vatican, and summits in Brussels and Sicily.
October 2018: Ivanka wished Kushner a happy anniversary on Instagram, calling him “my light, my love, my life.”
January 2021: Kushner and Ivanka skipped President Joe Biden’s inauguration, flying with Trump to his Mar-a-Lago residence in Palm Beach, Florida, instead.
Donald Trump did not attend Biden’s inauguration, breaking a long-standing norm in US democracy. While initial reports said that Ivanka was planning to attend the inauguration, a White House official told People magazine that “Ivanka is not expected to attend the inauguration nor was she ever expected to.”
December 2020: Ivanka and Kushner reportedly bought a $32 million empty lot in Indian Creek Village, Florida, known as Miami’s “Billionaire Bunker.”
Page Six reported that the couple purchased a 1.8-acre waterfront lot owned by singer Julio Iglesias, Enrique Iglesias’ father.
Surfside, a beachside town just north of Miami Beach that’s home to fewer than 6,000 people, is only a five-minute drive from Indian Creek Island, where they bought their $32 million empty lot.
April 2021: Ivanka and Kushner reportedly added a $24 million mansion in Indian Creek Village to their Florida real estate profile.
The Real Deal reported that Ivanka and Kushner purchased another Indian Creek property — this time, a 8,510-square-foot mansion situated on a 1.3-acre estate.
June 2021: CNN and the New York Times reported that the couple is beginning to distance themselves from Trump due to his fixation on conspiracies about the 2020 election.
CNN reported that Trump is prone to complain about the 2020 election and falsely claim it was “stolen” from him to anyone listening and that his “frustrations emerge in fits and starts — more likely when he is discussing his hopeful return to national politics.”
While Ivanka and Kushner have been living in their Miami Beach condo, not far from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, they’ve been visiting Trump less and less frequently and have been conspicuously absent from big events at Mar-a-Lago, CNN said.
The New York Times also reported that Kushner “wants to focus on writing his book and establishing a simpler relationship” with the former president.
It seems as if your theory of Trump is that he’s a not-bright insane person with a gift for reading a crowd.
Yes. He’s like many actors I have known in my time: not too bright in their own particular reality, with extraordinary gifts for getting on the wavelength of their audience.
Does he know that he lost the election fair and square?
He does not know. Now, whether he has managed to successfully convince himself or whether from the get-go he was so focused on hearing what he wanted to hear, he is absolutely certain. Absolutely certain that he won the election and that if he did not win it, it could only be that it was stolen from him. And that everybody else also sees it that way. So this is delusional, which is the word I use fairly often in the book.
You also say he’s mentally deranged.
Yes. I would say that seems the obvious conclusion.
I kept waiting for someone in the book to just go out to him and say “You lost.”
When you haven’t been in his presence, it’s very hard then to actually describe for someone the fact that he is incapable of listening. He just doesn’t hear anything that he doesn’t want to hear. He’s unable to acknowledge any deviation, any slightest departure, any merest qualification of something different than what he thinks or wants to think.
So no one has just gone up to him and said, “Sir, you lost this election”?
Exactly so. You cannot say anything to Trump that he doesn’t want to hear. Everybody knows that. So to do that would mark you as incompetent or a fool or a silly person. It just doesn’t happen.
Now, there’s a set of billionaire types – sort of what passes for friends – who have at least described to me instances in which they have tried to, if not exactly level with him, bring him around to a new understanding. But also the feeling that you come away from those descriptions is that even these people can’t get over the barrier of saying: “You’re an idiot. You’re a fool. You don’t know what you’re talking about.”
Partly because it would require that kind of extreme language. And, given that he was the president of the United States, and given that everybody knows he doesn’t listen anyway.
And given, of course, that people who are talking to him want to remain in his favor.
It’s almost another power of his, if every time he encounters someone they can’t bring themselves to be direct about the circumstances.
Completely. But just think of it as talking to a crazy person, a person whose capacity to parse reality in some logical way is so diminished that you have to humor them, essentially. Everybody knows that reality can’t get through here, so the best you can do is work at the edges.
In your first book about Trump, you called Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump “Jarvanka.” Everyone knows it’s “Javanka.” Did you hear about that criticism?
Yeah. And I don’t know what to say about it. I know that Steve Bannon invented the term, and that’s the term he used with me. You know, did it somehow change underneath? I don’t know. I think I was probably one of the first people to put it into print. So who knows? I don’t know. I have no knowledge there. I said to Steve, “Is it Javanka or is it Jarvanka?” And he said, “Javanka, Jarvanka, let’s call the whole thing off.” So I don’t know.
One sentence in the Manhattan District Attorney’s 15-count indictment against the Trump Organization suggests more people affiliated with the ex-president’s family company could face charges in the future, according to a former prosecutor.
Thursday’s indictment alleged the Trump Organization and CFO Allen Weisselberg participated in a yearslong scheme to avoid paying taxes on $1.7 million worth of compensation. Both Weisselberg and attorneys for the Trump Organization pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.
Randy Zelin, a former New York state prosecutor, told Insider the charging documents included a sentence that offered a clue about other people who may have been involved in the alleged tax scheme.
“One of the largest individual beneficiaries of the defendants’ scheme was Allen Weisselberg,” the indictment reads.
Zelin, now a defense attorney at Wilk Auslander LLP, said prosecutors’ use of the word “individual” suggests other people – not just corporations – benefited from the Trump Organization’s alleged tax avoidance scheme.
“The government could have said he was the only one, right? The government didn’t have to use the word ‘individual,'” Zelin said. “The fact that the government inserted the word ‘individual’ means that there may be others who enjoy perks.”
“The fact that the government said ‘one of the largest’ – that by its very nature means other people were doing the same or doing similar,” he added.
The indictment describes an ongoing tax avoidance scheme that prosecutors allege began in 2005. Former President Donald Trump personally led the company until 2017, and then turned over leadership to Weisselberg and his two eldest sons, Eric and Donald Trump Jr., who have disparaged the investigation as politically motivated.
Zelin noted that the Trump Organization closed ranks around Weisselberg after he was charged, suggesting the executive wasn’t a rogue actor in the alleged tax avoidance scheme.
“If he had done this on his own, he would have then have been cheating the Trump Organization,” Zelin said. “Not only wasn’t he terminated, not only was he not suspended pending further investigation, not only was he not suspended once he was indicted – but apparently he’s gone back to work since his indictment.”
Ivanka Trump could be the next target of Manhattan District Attorney’s criminal investigation into Donald Trump and his family, a former federal prosecutor said.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance on Thursday charged Alan Weisselberg, a long-serving aide to Donald Trump, with tax crimes as part of a wider investigation into whether the former president’s company committed financial crimes.
Cynthia Alksne, a legal analyst for MSNBC and a former Assistant District Attorney in the Brooklyn, NY District Attorney’s office, said Monday that the indictment presented in Weisselberg’s case indicated that Ivanka Trump could be next to face charges.
“This is an opening salvo,” Alksne told MSNBC’s Alicia Menendez on Monday, per Raw Story.
“Ordinarily or quite often, New York State indictments are not as detailed as this. The prosecutors went to an amazing amount of effort to show Weisselberg: “We have everything we need.”
“They’re really not only pressuring him to flip, but the amount of detail in this indictment tells me they’re trying to tell other people you have got to flip because we have everything,” she said.
She said: “I would focus it on the kids … We’ve heard a lot of this reporting about Ivanka Trump getting consulting fees, or things she may or may not have done. That looks to be like the next place.”
Michael D’Antonio, who wrote a biography of Trump, also speculated Sunday that Ivanka could be in legal trouble.
“The other person who I think is in peril is Ivanka Trump,” D’Antonio told CNN’s Jim Acosta. “One of the things that Allen Weisselberg is in trouble for is taking money as a contractor and then claiming self-employed status so that he can get some of the retirement benefits that the tax code allows for self-employed people.”
“Well, we know that Ivanka Trump got quite significant sums paid to her as non-employee compensation that freed the Trump Organization from paying part of her taxes, and it put her in a status that I think the IRS would have lots of questions about.”
Former FBI Director Frank Figliuzzi said he believes Ivanka Trump may have perjured herself when she told prosecutors she wasn’t involved in the planning of her father’s 2017 inauguration.
The Washington, DC, Attorney General’s office filed a lawsuit last year against former President Trump’s inauguration committee, saying the committee overpaid to book the Trump International Hotel for inauguration events. Prosecutors accused the presidential inaugural committee of “abusing nonprofit funds to enrich” the Trump family.
Ivanka Trump, who was heavily involved in the hotel’s opening, was deposed by DC Attorney General Karl Racine’s office in December.
In an interview with MSNBC on Monday, Figliuzzi said Trump “seems to have perjured herself about essentially saying, ‘No, I had no role in the inauguration committee.'”
“There’s emails and emails with her on them – right down to selecting the menu and the catering and hosting events during the inauguration,” he said. “Let’s add her to the list of friends and family that are caught up in the toxicity.”
“Investigators and prosecutors pay attention to that because it can actually go toward the approach and strategy to a prosecution,” he said.
Figliuzzi’s comments were based on a new report by Mother Jones’ David Corn, published Monday, which included communications showing Ivanka Trump was in contact with organizers on the committee and helping make decisions about the event.
Here are a few details from that report:
Trump met with a member of the inauguration committee where they had “high-level” talks about the overarching theme of the event.
Trump also discussed hosting a women’s entrepreneurs event for the inauguration, which was eventually scrapped.
An email conversation showed Trump weighing in on the committee’s struggles to book A-list talent for the inauguration.
Trump instructed an event organizer on who to invite to the candlelight dinner held the night before the inauguration.
One committee planning document noted that the menus needed to be approved by “IT and DJT,” an apparent reference to Trump and her father.
Ivanka Trump did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Following her deposition last year, Trump tweeted that Racine’s lawsuit was vindictive and politically motivated.
“This week I spent 5+ hours in a deposition with the Democrat D.C. AG’s office where they questioned the rates charged by the Trump Hotel at the inauguration. I shared with them an email from 4 years ago where I sent instructions to the hotel to charge ‘a fair market rate’ (see below) which the hotel then did,” she wrote.
“This ‘inquiry’ is another politically motivated demonstration of vindictiveness & waste of taxpayer dollars.”
Former President Donald Trump has alienated his daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner with his continued obsession over the 2020 election, CNN reported Wednesday.
CNN reported that Trump is prone to complain about the 2020 election and falsely claim it was “stolen” from him to anyone listening, and that his “frustrations emerge in fits and starts – more likely when he is discussing his hopeful return to national politics.”
While Ivanka and Kushner have been located in Miami, not far from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, they’ve been visiting Trump less and less frequently, and have been conspicuously absent from big events at Mar-a-Lago, CNN said.
Kushner and Ivanka, once key advisors in Trump’s inner circle, have taken a step back both over Trump’s unrelenting lies about the 2020 election and the strained relationship between Trump and his son-in-law.
One source described Kushner to CNN as “kind of like a parent who sticks around less and less each morning while they’re transitioning their kid to day care.”
Trump reportedly blames Kushner in part for the failure of his 2020 campaign, was unimpressed with Kushner’s policy work, and is worried that his son-in-law will take credit for the administration’s policy achievements.
In recent weeks, Trump has also latched onto a conspiracy theory that a non-existent Supreme Court case brought by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell will result in the court overturning the results of the 2020 presidential election and reinstating him as president by August.
With former top advisors and confidantes like Ivanka and Kushner stepping back, right-wing media influencers like Lindell and One America News anchor Christina Bobb, a promoter of the dubious Arizona recount, have filled that void and captured Trump’s attention, CNN said.