The widow of one of President Trump’s friends, Joe Shapiro, has spoken out on charges that he was paid to take Trump’s SAT exam as a teenager.
In her new, explosive book, Mary Trump, the president’s estranged niece claimed that when Donald Trump was younger, he prompted his friend to take the key exam in his place and probably paid him for it.
The book tells how Joe Shapiro was “a smart boy with a reputation for being a good test person.”
Joe Shapiro was a friend of Donald Trump. His widow, Pam Shriver, said her late husband has “no chance” to take his SAT test because he “always did the right thing.”
To cover his bets, he brought in Joe Shapiro, a smart guy with a reputation for being a good test taker, to take his SATs for him. That was much easier to do in the days before photo IDs and automated records. Donald, who was never short of money, paid his friend well, ‘wrote Mary Trump, although there is no accompanying evidence for the accusation, but she does not state where the claim came from.
President Trump’s niece claimed in her new book that Trump asked a friend, Joe Shapiro, to sit in front of his SAT so that he could transfer to Wharton Business School more easily
The idea behind hiring Shapiro was that Trump would have a better chance of transferring from Fordham University to the much more prestigious Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
The White House fired back on Tuesday in a statement that said, “The absurd SAT claim is utterly false.”
Shapiro, who eventually studied Harvard law, is no longer there to deal with the allegations of direct cancer death in 1999.
But his widow, Pam Shriver, has flatly denied the charges.
“There is no chance that he helped Trump with the SAT test,” she said. “He’s always done the right thing and that’s why this hurts.”
Although Shapiro and Trump were friends, Shriver believes the pair only met when Trump was already with Wharton in his junior year.
American tennis player Pam Shriver regularly reached the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the major tennis competitions in the 1980s
Shriver is now an expert and commentator for ESPN. She is here photos in 2018 at the US Open
Shapiro studied at the University of Pennsylvania, which occupies the same campus as Wharton.
Shriver said the pair shared a love of golf and kept in touch over the years, even with a visit to Trump at New York’s Trump Tower.
A former tennis champion, Shriver said she had seen Trump at several tennis events over the years.
During her career, she won 21 singles and 112 doubles titles, and in 1988 became gold medalist at the Seoul Olympics with tennis partner Zina Garrison.
She started dating Joe Shapiro in 1996 – the year she retired as a professional player – when he was in remission from non-Hodgkin lymphona. They married in 1998 and he died in 1999, making her a childless widow at the age of 37.
Shapiro and Trump were friends, but Shriver believes the pair only met when Trump was already with Wharton in his junior year
The president always greeted her and told her, “Joe Shapiro was the smartest man I’ve ever met.”
The late Shapiro was a lawyer and director of the Walt Disney Company.
“If you put someone’s name on paper in a book, you want to make sure that the facts surrounding it are accurate, especially if they’re not alive, because it’s not that Joe is here and he would have known how to handle it.” , Shriver said on Twitter.
Shriver also said that she was approached by a reporter several years ago with the same accusation, but then refuted it.
The White House also denies the claims, along with other allegations in the book.
In her new, explosive book, Mary Trump, in the photo, the president’s estranged niece claimed that Donald Trump got his friend to take the key exam in his place and probably paid him for it