Ivanka Trump insisted her dad was 'not a racist,' new book says

Nellie Chapman
March 14, 2019

According to Kushner, Inc., a yet-to-be released book by investigative reporter Vicky Ward already seen by The Guardian, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told Kushner in June 2017 that his support for the Saudi-led blockade of Qatar, which hosted some 10,000 American troops, "had endangered the US".

Ivanka and Jared supported bringing in Kelly, a temperamentally ironclad retired Marine Corps general, to whip the West Wing into shape after six months under former Republican Party boss Reince Priebus.

President Donald Trump conspicuously refused to answer a reporter's question about ordering security clearances for Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, even as he took several other questions before and after that query during an Oval Office photo op.

After President Trump's infamous "both sides" flap in Charlottesville in 2017, Gary Cohn sought out advice from Trump's daughter and son-in-law as he mulled resigning over the President's racist comments.

'You've got to be insane, ' Cohn is said to have told Kushner.

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Brady has known the current president since 2002 when judged one of Trump's beauty pageants, while Kraft's bond with Trump was strengthened when Trump reached out to him in 2011 following the death of the Patriots owner's wife, Myra.

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.". Jared is working on a plan for peace in the Middle East (yes, really) while Ivanka focuses on areas including women's economic empowerment, working family issues, workforce development, promoting STEM education and combating human trafficking.

Nevertheless, the couple is said to have big ambitions, with Ivanka allegedly envisioning a Trump presidential dynasty.

There's context to Trump's quip: In a July 2018 story, the Times reported that when Trump would get frustrated with Kushner, he would joke that he "could have had Tom Brady" as his son-in-law instead of Kushner.

In response to the book, a representative for Kushner said "It seems [Ward] has written a book of fiction rather than any serious attempt to get the facts". "Correcting everything wrong would take too long and be pointless", he added.

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