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Widow of Trumps Friend Says Mary Trumps SAT Allegation Is False

Mary Trump, the presidents niece, claims in a book due for release this month that President Donald Trump paid his friend Joe Shapiro to take the exam for him.

“To hedge his bets he enlisted Joe Shapiro, a smart kid with a reputation for being a good test taker, to take his SATs for him. That was much easier to pull off in the days before photo IDs and computerized records. Donald, who never lacked for funds, paid his buddy well,” Mary Trump wrote.

But the widow of Joe Shapiro said the claim he helped Trump take an SAT exam when he was in high school isnt true.

Pam Shriver, Joe Shapiros widow, said her late husband, who passed away 21 years ago, met Donald Trump at the University of Pennsylvania.

That would have been after the SAT exam took place. SATs are taken by high school students in their senior year.

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This combination photo shows the cover art for “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the Worlds Most Dangerous Man”, left, and a portrait of author Mary Trump. (Simon & Schuster, left, and Peter Serling/Simon & Schuster via AP)

Shriver said in a video statement that her late husband and Trump bonded over a shared love of golf and both being from New York City.

“Obviously Joes not here to defend himself and say what happened, but I just want to recollect what he told me about where he met Mr. Trump,” Shriver said. “And I want to thank all of Joes close friends and his sister Beth for our talks in the past 24 hours about what an upstanding, outstanding man Joe Shapiro was.”

Shriver also shared a message about defending the honor of loved ones who pass away.

Shriver, a tennis analyst and former professional tennis player, said that her late husband was “a man of great integrity, honesty, he was a hard worker.”

“He always did the right thing, and thats why this hurts,” Shriver added to ABC News.

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