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A new book by Jared Kushner, son-in-law to Donald Trump, makes an explosive claim about the former president’s chief of staff, retired Marine Gen. John Kelly.
In his book, “Breaking History: A White House Memoir,” which is due out Aug. 23, Kushner claimed that Kelly once “shoved” Kushner’s wife, then-first daughter Ivanka Trump.
While Kushner also takes some swipes at former 2016 Trump campaign manager and top political counselor Kellyanne Conway, he saved his toughest criticism for Kelly.
“One day he had just marched out of a contentious meeting in the Oval Office,” Kushner wrote. “Ivanka was walking down the main hallway of the West Wing when she passed him.
“Unaware of his heated state of mind, she said, ‘Hello, chief.’ Kelly shoved her out of the way and stormed by,” Kushner adds, according to a report from Slay News.
“She wasn’t hurt and didn’t make a big deal about the altercation, but in his rage, Kelly had shown his true character. Then the four-star general would call her staff to his office and berate and intimidate them over trivial procedural issues that his rigid system often created,” Kushner continued.
“He would frequently refer to her initiatives like paid family leave and the child tax credit as ‘Ivanka’s pet projects,” the presidential son-in-law wrote, adding that Kelly offered a timid apology that was accepted by Ivanka about an hour or so later.
But in a statement to the New York Post, Kelly vehemently denied the incident.
“It is inconceivable that I would ever shove a woman. Inconceivable,” he asserted. “Never happen.
“Would never intentionally do something like that. Also, don’t remember ever apologizing to her for something I didn’t do. I’d remember that,” Kelly added.
#BREAKING — Jared Kushner claims former White House chief of staff John Kelly shoved his wife Ivanka Trump in the West Wing.
“It is inconceivable that I would EVER shove a woman. Inconceivable," Kelly said in responsehttps://t.co/ANvj212fZG
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) July 28, 2022
Before taking over the chief of staff position from Reince Preibus, Kelly served as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security under Trump.
As for Kushner, he was heavily criticized by Conway in a book she released last month called, “Here’s The Deal: A Memoir.”
“There was no subject he considered beyond his expertise. Criminal justice reform. Middle East peace. The southern and northern borders. Veterans and opioids. Big Tech and small business,” she wrote.
“If Martian attacks had come across the radar, he would have happily added them to his ever-bulging portfolio. He’d have made sure you knew he’d exiled the Martians to Uranus and insisted he did not care who got credit for it,” she continued.
“He misread the Constitution in one crucial respect, thinking that all power not given to the federal government was reserved to him,” she added.
Conway also did not spare her husband, George Conway, from criticism after he constantly and publicly belittled Trump throughout his term.
“I had two men in my life. One was my husband. One was my boss, who happened to be president of the United States. One of those men was defending me. And it wasn’t George Conway. It was Donald Trump. Like everything George did during this time,” she writes in the book.
“Night after night, I would come home from a busy day at work … While I was minding dishes, dogs, laundry, managing adolescent dramas and traumas, George would be just steps away from me, tucked away in his home office, plotting against my boss and me,” wrote Conway.
She also describes one interview with former Fox News anchor Chris Wallace in which she says he attempted to bully her into speaking about her husband whom she accused of “cheating by tweeting” over his constant social media posts blasting Trump.
“I guess the question I have to ask, bottom line, final question: Has this hurt your marriage?” she wrote, quoting Wallace.
“Oh, Chris, what are you, Oprah now? I mean, what am I — on a couch and you are a psychiatrist?” she responded.