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. When Trump selected Gen. Kelly to be his chief of staff in July, one of his first directives was for Kelly to fire his children.
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 06: President Donald Trump shakes the had of his daughter and advisor, Ivanka Trump during a meeting with the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board inside the State Dining Room of the White House on March 6, 2019 in Washington, DC.
Kelly is alleged to have told Trump at the time that it would be hard to give his children the sack, and later decided with him that they "would make life hard enough to force the pair to offer their resignations", The New York Times reported.
In the book "Kushner Inc".
Kelly, however, responded that it would be hard for him to force Jared and Ivanka to give up their positions in the White House without Trump's explicitly telling them he wanted them out.
White House senior advisers Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter and son-in-law, sought to assert some authority over flights funded by the State Department, according to a new book by journalist Vicky Ward.
Ward countered on Twitter "the 220 people I interviewed for the book might beg to disagree". Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who was eventually fired in March 2018, rejected Ivanka's requests.
The book discusses the upbringings of both Ivanka Trump and Kushner and the initial skepticism by the parents on both sides, mostly for religious reasons, about their marriage, according to The Times.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, who himself was embroiled in scandal for reportedly wanting to use an $25,000-an-hour Air Force jet to travel to Europe for his honeymoon, was often invited by Ivanka and Jared in order to justify the trip.
President Donald Trump is known inside and outside of the White House for having a penchant for firing people.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders has denounced it as a work of 'fiction'.
"Every point that Ms. Ward mentioned in what she called her "fact checking" stage was entirely false", Peter Mirijanian told ABC News on Tuesday. "Correcting everything wrong would take too long and be pointless". The author, on her own website, listed this book in the category of "fiction" - until recently changing it.