Inside life of Trump's rarely seen sister who resurfaced in wake of scathing book before disappearing back to obscurity

DONALD Trump is rarely far away from the headlines but his sister Elizabeth is the polar opposite and shuns the limelight.

Elizabeth Trump was spotted in June 2020 in the wake of a scathing book her niece penned on the Trump family.

Elizabeth, then 78, was seen at a Palm Beach golf course restaurant with her husband James Walter Grau.

At the time, Mary Trump, the 55-year-old daughter of Donald Trump's deceased older brother Fred Jr, was poised to publish the tell-all Too Much And Never Enough just before the Republican National Convention. 

Elizabeth Trump though remained tight-lipped when approached by the Daily Mail for comment, saying very little: “I've got nothing to say.”

She replied: “Not at all, not at all,” when asked to describe her feelings about the controversial book.

Elizabeth was seen welcoming a couple to her family home near Mar-a-Lago before driving in Grau's Lincoln Continental to a dinner at Al Fresco.

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Elizabeth and Grau tied the knot in 1989 in a ceremony officiated by her and Donald's sister Maryanne Trump Barry, a now-retired federal judge.

Mary Trump’s book caused a storm when it was published, making numerous allegations.

She claimed Donald Trump suffered emotional child abuse from his dad, who she said, left him scarred for life.

The book claimed a two-year-old Trump was neglected and left with a "total dependence on a caregiver (Fred Sr) who also caused him terror" when his mom got sick.

Then Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Matthews told the Sun in 2020, "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.

"President Trump has been in office for over three years working on behalf of the American people – why speak out now?

"The President describes the relationship he had with his father as warm and said his father was very good to him. He said his father was loving and not at all hard on him as a child."


Elizabeth was also put in the spotlight in November 2020 when then President Trump posted a seemingly innocuous tweet about an article that she has aired her support for her brother over his claims he had won the 2020 election.

“Thank you Elizabeth,” Mr. Trump wrote, “LOVE!”

But Donald Trump had been duped by a fake Twitter account that was posing as his sister.

The fake account, named Betty Trump, had used a photo of Elizabeth as its profile picture.

“This election inspired me to break my silence and speak out on behalf of my family,” the account said in a post. “My brother Don won this election and will fight this to the very end. We’ve always been a family of fighters.”

In typical fashion, Elizabeth Trump didn’t respond to requests for comment from The New York Times when it tried to contact her.

“I’m trying to delete it,” a woman who identified herself as Trump’s sister, Elizabeth Trump Grau, told Vice News, when reached by phone. “I don’t even belong to Twitter.”

As with many people who prefer to remain out of the spotlight, little is known about Elizabeth Trump but it is known she used to work for Chase Manhattan Bank.

In Trump: The Art of the Deal, her brother describes her as "kind and bright but less ambitious".


At the time of her wedding, a New York Times report stated she graduated from the Kew-Forest School and Southern Seminary College before entering the world of banking.

Her husband, James, was described as "the president of Charisma Productions, a producer of documentaries and sports movies."


Donald Trump’s other sister Maryanne Trump Barry, 84, has aired her views on her brother.

She was secretly recorded by her niece, Mary, saying: “All he wants to do is appeal to his base,” Barry said in a conversation. “He has no principles. None. None. And his base, I mean my God, if you were a religious person, you want to help people. Not do this.”

“His goddamned tweet and lying, oh my God,” she said. “I’m talking too freely, but you know. The change of stories. The lack of preparation. The lying. Holy s**t.”

The transcripts of the secret recording, seen by The Washington Post, also reveal Maryanne saying: “It’s the phoniness of it all. It’s the phoniness and this cruelty. Donald is cruel.”

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