New Book Claims Trump Told Kelly to 'Get Rid Of' Ivanka, Kushner

Cheryl Sanders
March 14, 2019

The US president issued a directive to his former Chief of Staff John Kelly to "get rid of" Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner shortly after the former general joined the White House, and send them back to New York, a new book on Trump's presidency has revealed, as reported by The New York Times. Trump allegedly told Kelly, per reporting from Raw Story.

In her new book, journalist Vicky Ward describes tense confrontations between the couple, who serve as senior advisors to the President, and high level Trump aides.

'Get rid of my kids; get them back to NY, ' he told Kelly.

The Kushner camp has pushed back on Ward's book, calling it a piece of "fiction".

According to "Kushner Inc.", Ivanka frequently asked to travel on Air Force planes when it was not always necessary.

Like many other White House tell-alls that have been published during Trump's first term, it is said to paint an unflattering picture of the Trump administration as chaotic, with discord among its senior staff.

Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reportedly blamed Kushner for Trump's endorsement of a blockade of Qatar by Saudi Arabia, and told him that "his interference had endangered the U.S.".

"According to a member of the legal team, Kushner's new lawyer, Abbe Lowell, told Trump's lawyers that before emails regarding that Trump Tower meeting were provided to Congress", Ward wrote in her book, "he wanted to leak them to the media, and he wanted Don do it, presumably as part of a strategy to associate the meeting with Don Jr. rather than Kushner".

Ivanka Trump's comments came after the president initially blamed both sides for the violence, a day later condemned the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis, and a day after that said there were "some very fine people" on both sides of a clash that pitted anti-fascist protesters against marchers who had chanted "Jews will not replace us". In November 2018, First Lady Melania Trump was reportedly in a spat with deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel over travel arrangements during the first lady's maiden overseas trip to Africa.

Ricardel later left the White House to "transition to a new role within the administration", according to the White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. The author, on her own website, listed this book in the category of "fiction" - until recently changing it.

"Every point that Ms. Ward mentioned in what she called her "fact checking" stage was entirely false", Mirijanian said.

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