Ex-tennis star Pam Shriver pushed again in opposition to the explosive allegation in a tell-all memoir by President Trump’s niece that he had employed pal Joe Shapiro — the previous professional’s late husband — to take the SATs for him.
Mary Trump wrote in “Too A lot and By no means Sufficient: How My Household Created the World’s Most Harmful Man” that Trump enlisted the assistance of Shapiro to take the examination so he might get the scores wanted to switch from Fordham to the Wharton Faculty on the College of Pennsylvania.
“To hedge his bets he enlisted Joe Shapiro, a wise child with a fame for being check taker to take his SATs for him,” Mary Trump wrote in her upcoming e-book, ABC Information reported.
“That was a lot simpler to drag on within the days earlier than picture IDs and computerized data. Donald, who by no means lacked for funds, paid his buddy nicely,” she wrote with out offering proof or attribution.
Shapiro, an legal professional and a former government on the Walt Disney Co., died in 1999 of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, in keeping with ABC Information.
Shriver, now an ESPN tennis analyst, stated that if the e-book refers to her late husband, who was Trump’s good friend, she is assured the allegation is fake.
“My late husband Joe Shapiro handed away 21 years in the past. He was a person of nice integrity, honesty; he was a tough employee. He was actually the neatest individual I ever met,” Shriver stated in a video posted on Twitter.
She stated the 2 males didn’t meet till after Trump had transferred to the distinguished Wharton for his junior 12 months, when Shapiro was an undergraduate on the College of Pennsylvania.
“He went to College of Pennsylvania, member of the category of 1968. It was whereas he was at College of Pennsylvania the place he met Donald Trump. They grew to become mates; they liked the game of golf. They shared the identical hometown of New York Metropolis; they shared the identical campus. They stayed in a little bit little bit of contact by the years.”
Shriver added: “However clearly Joe’s not right here to defend himself and say what occurred, however I simply need to recollect what he advised me about the place he met Mr. Trump. And I need to thank all of Joe’s shut mates and his sister Beth for our talks prior to now 24 hours about what an upstanding, excellent man Joe Shapiro was.”
Shriver stated Shapiro and Trump remained mates through the years — and that they visited him a number of occasions at Trump Tower, ABC Information reported.
“If you put someone’s identify in print in a e-book, you need to be sure the info round it are right, particularly if they aren’t dwelling as a result of it’s not like Joe is right here and he would have recognized tips on how to take care of this,” she stated, in keeping with the information outlet.
Shriver added that she had already refuted the allegation when a reporter requested her about it years in the past.
“It feels unfair,” she stated, in keeping with ABC Information.
Shriver stated she has seen Trump at tennis occasions through the years and that he all the time stated that “Joe Shapiro was the neatest man I ever met.”
On Tuesday, the White Home forcefully denied the allegation by Mary Trump, the daughter of the president’s late elder brother, Fred Trump Jr.
“The absurd SAT allegation is totally false,” it stated in an announcement.
Writer Simon & Schuster, which stated the e-book would hit the cabinets on July 14, two weeks forward of schedule, stated in an announcement Monday that it stands by its contents.