President Donald Trump instructed John Kelly, his former chief of staff, to “fire” his children from the White House after complaining that his daughter Ivanka and his son-in-law Jared Kushner “didn’t know how to play the game,” according to Kushner Inc., a new book by journalist Vicky Ward. The president said the two kept generating negative media coverage.
It had been Kelly who said firing them would look bad, so he decided to make life difficult for the two in the hope that they would resign on their own. The plan backfired. They are still there. Kelly, however, resigned from the White House in December.
Ward also reveals that Ivanka and Kushner kept getting refused travel on Air Force planes, but that they found a workaround by inviting cabinet-level officials to their trips.
Although conservative critics have dismissed Ward’s book as simply a work of “fiction,” Ward says the 220 people she interviewed for the project “might beg to disagree.”
I spent two years writing #KushnerInc & interviewed 220 people. Though I likely wouldn't use the same words they did, my reporting aligns with MUCH of what @Sethabramson & @tribelaw say about Jared Kushner & the serious risk he poses to national security. https://t.co/qUJotNe8ne
— Vicky Ward (@VickyPJWard) March 11, 2019
Ward says she wrote the book to dispel suggestions that Ivanka and Kushner “have been moderating influences on the president.”
I wrote #KushnerInc in part to pierce the narrative that Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner have been moderating influences on the president. They are far from stabilizing forces. They are, in fact, his chief enablers. I show that in example after example in my book.
— Vicky Ward (@VickyPJWard) March 12, 2019
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders disputed that the events depicted in the book are accurate, saying it’s “based on shady anonymous sources and false information instead of all the incredible work Jared and Ivanka are doing for the country.”
WH response from Sanders to new book “Kushner Inc.” – “It’s sad, but not surprising, the media would spend time promoting a book based on shady anonymous sources and false information…” pic.twitter.com/vkIpNl6rcH
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) March 12, 2019
For may, the book provides more corroborating evidence that Kushner and Ivanka are threatening national security and personally benefiting from taxpayer funds.
Reportedly Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner maneuvered to arrange themselves flights on government planes even when others had determined it inappropriate. Another example of this administration wasting taxpayer funds for their own benefit. https://t.co/fNUqVi1b2Z
— Noah Bookbinder (@NoahBookbinder) March 12, 2019
Now I know that Jared Kushner and Ivanka trump have both violated every norm, every rule, are as corrupt as their fathers and have broken countless laws, but why is she still allowed to block a member on Congress on Twitter? Asking for my friend @tedlieu.
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) March 12, 2019
The book comes a year after a bombshell New York Times report revealed President Trump asked Kelly to oust Ivanka and Kushner from their roles as senior advisors. The Times obtained the information from White House aides who spoke on condition of anonymity, providing a window into a White House rife with dysfunction, where morale is lower than ever before.