President Donald Trump’s niece, Mary Trump, accused Donald Trump of paying someone to take the SAT in his place to help him get into Penn.
In her book 'Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,' Mary Trump details how Donald Trump created a toxic family dynamic and became a real estate mogul and media celebrity, largely with the financial support of his father, CNN reported.
Among the many accounts of her uncle in the book, Mary Trump wrote that Donald Trump paid a proxy to take the SAT for him to help him get into Penn, concerned that his low GPA would hinder his chances of getting accepted, according to CNN.
"That was much easier to pull off in the days before photo IDs and computerized records," Mary Trump wrote in the book obtained by Fox News. "Donald, who never lacked for funds, paid his buddy well."
White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Matthews told CNN that the allegation was “absurd” and “completely false.”
"Mary Trump and her book's publisher may claim to be acting in the public interest, but this book is clearly in the author's own financial self-interest," Matthews wrote to Business Insider. "President Trump has been in office for over three years working on behalf of the American people – why speak out now?"
Trump transferred to the Wharton School after spending two years at Fordham University in New York. He graduated in 1968 and boasted his qualifications ever since, saying that he is clearly “a very smart guy” because he attended Wharton — a school he describes as “super genius stuff.” But Penn records and Trump’s classmates indicate otherwise.
A copy of the 1968 Commencement Program acquired from the Penn Archives lists 20 Wharton award and prize recipients, 15 cum laude recipients, four magna cum laude recipients, and two summa cum laude recipients for the Class of 1968. Trump’s name appears nowhere on those lists.
More than half of Penn’s applicants were accepted at the time Trump applied, with transfer students such as Trump having an even higher acceptance rate, James Nolan, the Penn admissions officer who interviewed President Donald Trump for admission to Penn in 1966, told The Washington Post. A Penn official told the Post that the 1966 acceptance rate is not available, but cited the 1980 acceptance rate as “slightly greater than 40%." Penn's most recent acceptance rates stand at 7.7% for the Class of 2023 and 7.8% for this year's transfer students.
Mary Trump earned a bachelors and masters degree from Tufts University and Columbia University, respectively, in english literature, according to Forbes. She then earned a Ph.D in clinical psychology from Adelphi University and, in her book, accuses Donald Trump of being a "sociopath."
“[Donald Trump's] pathologies are so complex and his behaviors so often inexplicable that coming up with an accurate and comprehensive diagnosis would require a full battery of psychological and neuropsychological tests that he’ll never sit for," Mary Trump wrote in the book, according to The Wall Street Journal.