President Donald Trump told his former chief of staff John Kelly shortly after the general started his new position in the White House to “get rid of” his daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner and send them back to New York, according to the recently published book “Kushner Inc.,” The New York Times has reported.
The book, written by journalist Vicky Ward, claims that the president wanted them removed from their White House positions, because they “didn’t know how to play the game” and that he was particularly upset that stories about them brought him negative press.
According to the book, Kelly told the president at the time that it would be problematic to fire them but later agreed with Trump that they “would make life difficult enough to force the pair to offer their resignations.”
Those familiar with the issue told the The New York Times that both Ivanka Trump and Kushner managed to outlast those intentions and that the president’s determination for them to leave the White House has “come and gone in waves.”
Both Ivanka Trump and Kushner have gained influence since Kelly resigned as chief of staff last December, with Kushner even playing a key role in a legislative victory last year with the passage of a criminal justice reform bill he had championed, according to The Hill.
Both a representative for Kushner and White House officials have dismissed the claims in the book.
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