Previous President Donald Trump’s second head of staff, John Kelly, “pushed” Ivanka Trump in an attack of “rage” following a warmed Oval Office meeting, Jared Kushner claims in his impending White House diary.
The 45th president’s child in-regulation and top consultant charges that Kelly — a previous Marine Corps general who filled in as White House head of staff from July 2017 to January 2019 — was a harassing figure who had a “Jekyll-and-Hyde” disposition during his days at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, as per selections of the book got by the Washington Post.
“On one occasion he had quite recently walked out of a disagreeable gathering in the Oval Office,” reviews Kushner, 41. “Ivanka was strolling down the fundamental foyer of the West Wing when she passed him. Ignorant about his warmed perspective, she made proper acquaintance, ‘boss.'”
But Kelly reportedly wasn’t in the mood to chat.
“Kelly shoved her out of the way and stormed by,”
Kushner’s account continued.
“She wasn’t hurt, and didn’t make a big deal about the altercation, but in his rage Kelly had shown his true character.”
About an hour after the incident, the first son-in-law claimed, Kelly went to Ivanka’s second-floor West Wing office to offer a “meek apology,” which was accepted.
Kelly, 72, said he didn’t “recall” the episode as Kushner described it in his memoir.
“It is inconceivable that I would EVER shove a woman,”
Kelly wrote in an email to the newspaper.
“Inconceivable. 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.”
Julie Radford, Ivanka Trump’s chief of staff, heard Kelly’s mea culpa, according to Kushner’s account.
“It was the first and only time that Ivanka’s staff saw Kelly visit their second-floor corner of the West Wing,”
Ivanka Trump, through a spokesperson, told the Washington Post that her husband’s account of the incident was accurate.
Kelly, who first joined Trump’s administration as homeland security secretary, replaced Reince Priebus as chief of staff. But the former four-star soon butted heads with other key figures in Trump’s White House — including Kushner and Ivanka — over his requirement that the president’s relatives alert Kelly to their work-related interactions with the commander-in-chief. Kelly also suspected the couple of undermining him, according to the outlet,
Meanwhile, Kushner accused Kelly of paying his wife
“compliments to her face”
before dismissing her in private.
Kushner’s “Breaking History: A White House Memoir” is due out Aug. 23.