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READ: Vicky Ward Reports in ‘Kushner Inc.’ That Donald Trump Urged John Kelly ‘Get Rid of My Kids; Get Them Back to New York’ Because of Negative Press Coverage

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Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, John Kelly

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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.”

Ward says she wrote the book to dispel suggestions that Ivanka and Kushner “have been moderating influences on the president.”

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.”

For may, the book provides more corroborating evidence that Kushner and Ivanka are threatening national security and personally benefiting from taxpayer funds.

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.

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