Excerpts from Donald Trump’s niece Mary Trump‘s book, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man, were published by CNN on Tuesday, and one particular section stood out: the bombshell claim that the president cheated on his SATs.
Mary Trump writes in her tell-all book, which is set to be released on July 14, that her uncle paid a proxy to take the standardized test for him. She said he enlisted “a smart kid with a reputation for being a good test taker, to take his SATs for him.”
The high score the proxy earned for him, Mary Trump added, helped the young Donald Trump to later gain admittance as an undergraduate to the University of Pennsylvania’s prestigious Wharton School. Trump had “worried that his grade point average, which put him far from the top of his class, would scuttle his efforts to get accepted.”
“Donald, who never lacked for funds, paid his buddy well,” Mary Trump wrote of the person who took the SATs for Trump.
In response to Mary Trump’s claims, Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Matthews told The Daily Mail, “The absurd SAT allegation is completely false.”
Donald Trump Attended the University of Pennsylvania for 2 Years After 2 Years at Fordham
Donald Trump has continuously touted Wharton as the best business school in the world, and he has also claimed that he graduated first in his class. In 2004, Trump said, “I went to the Wharton School of Finance, I got very good marks, I was a good student, it’s the best business school in the world, as far as I’m concerned.”
However, Trump did not actually earn an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. Instead, he received an undergraduate degree in economics offered by Wharton to University of Pennsylvania students.
Trump also only attended the University of Pennsylvania for two years. When Trump started college, it was as a student at Fordham, a Jesuit University in the Bronx, New York. In Gwenda Blair’s book The Trumps: Three Generations of Builders and a President, the author wrote that Trump’s grades at Fordham were merely “respectable” and that he used his family connections to get accepted into UPenn.
Blair wrote that Trump landed the acceptance after “an interview with a friendly Wharton admissions officer who was one of Freddy’s old high school classmates.” Freddy was Trump’s older brother who died of alcoholism in 1981.
Three of Donald Trump’s children went on to attend the University of Pennsylvania: Donald Trump Jr. graduated from UPenn in 2000, Ivanka Trump in 2004 and Tiffany Trump in 2016.
Trump Trashed Obama for Being a ‘Terrible Student’ Who Did Not Deserve to Get Into Columbia University or Harvard Law School
“I heard [Obama] was a terrible student, terrible,” Trump said of former President Barack Obama in a 2011 interview. “How does a bad student go to Columbia and then to Harvard? I’m thinking about it, I’m certainly looking into it. Let him show his records.
“Let me tell you, I’m a really smart guy,” Trump added. “I was a really good student at the best school in the country. The reason I have a little doubt, just a little, is because he grew up and nobody knew him,” Trump said of Obama.