Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump fell on the president’s bad side earlier in his tenure when it became apparent they “didn’t know how to play the game” and continuously generated negative press — so President Donald Trump, Ivanka’s father, made the brave decision to have his former chief of staff fire the couple.
This is according to a new book by journalist Vicky Ward called Kushner Inc., the Daily Beast reported this week.
Previewed in The New York Times, Kushner Inc. claims that once John Kelly came on board to lead the president’s staff, Trump called upon him to fire the pair, saying, “Get rid of my kids; get them back to New York.”
But Kelly was not inclined to follow orders, explaining to Trump that the move would be a bad look for the administration.
Instead, the book says, Trump and Kelly decided to make life difficult for the couple in hopes they would resign on their own. Ward reported that Jared and Ivanka were repeatedly refused travel on Air Force planes — an obstacle they sidestepped by inviting a Cabinet secretary, often Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, to accompany them.
But Trump’s secret plan to oust his own children failed, and while Jared and Ivanka remain staples at the White House, Kelly departed the administration in December.
According to Ward’s account, Trump’s desire for his daughter and son-in-law to make their exit tends to come and go — but they have only gained power since Kelly left the West Wing.
Read more at The New York Times.