Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of former President Donald Trump, just accused Trump’s former chief of staff of shoving his wife, Ivanka Trump.
Kushner, who served as a senior advisor to Donald Trump, has written a memoir called “Breaking History: A White House Memoir.”
He wrote that John F. Kelly, the acting chief of staff for the White House, was in a “contentious” meeting in the Oval Office. After the meeting, he pushed Ivanka Trump out of the way as he was marching out of a meeting with President Trump.
Kushner wrote in the book that Ivanka did not make a “big deal” of the shoving, but he did say that the incident revealed the “true character” of Kelly.
“One day he had just marched out of a contentious meeting in the Oval Office. Ivanka was walking down the main hallway in the West Wing when she passed him. Unaware of his heated state of mind, she said, ‘Hello, chief.’ Kelly shoved her out of the way and stormed by. She wasn’t hurt, and didn’t make a big deal about the altercation, but in his rage Kelly had shown his true character,” Kushner wrote in the memoir. This is an excerpt obtained by The Washington Post.
Kushner also wrote that Kelly went to Ivanka’s office about an hour later and apologized. He wrote that Julie Radford, Ivanka’s chief of staff witnessed Kelly’s apology.
“It was the first and only time that Ivanka’s staff saw Kelly visit their second-floor corner of the West Wing,” he wrote.
The Washington Post also said that Ivanka confirmed her husband’s report of the incident.
But Kelly responded to the story by saying in an email that he did not “recall anything like you describe.”
“It is inconceivable that I would EVER shove a woman. Inconceivable. Never happen,” Kelly said in the email to the Post. “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.”