The second White House chief of staff under President Donald Trump, John F. Kelly, allegedly “shoved” Ivanka Trump after an Oval Office meeting, according to Jared Kushner’s new memoir.
Kelly was described in a letter by Ivanka Trump’s husband, Kushner, as having a “Jekyll-and-Hyde” personality and frequently erupting in “rage.”
The Washington Post received passages from “Breaking History: A White House Memoir,” which contains Donald Trump’s son-in-account law’s of the incident, and published the information on Wednesday.
One day, Kushner writes, “One day he had just marched out of a contentious meeting in the Oval Office. Ivanka was walking down the main hallway of the West Wing when she passed him. Unaware of his heated state of mind, she said, ‘Hello, chief.’”
However, Kelly, who served as the chief of staff from July 2017 to January 2019, was not in a good mood.
“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,” according to the Post.
The memoir will be released by HarperCollins’ Broadside Books on August 23.
An hour later, Kelly apologized to Ivanka in her West Wing office on the second level, according to Kushner.
The charge was refuted by the former chief of staff.
In an email to the Post, Kelly stated, “I don’t recall anything like you describe,” in reference to his claim that he did not “remember” the encounter.
“It is inconceivable that I would EVER shove a woman. 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,” he stated.
Kushner alleges that Julie Radford, Ivanka Trump’s chief of staff, overheard Kelly making the apology while they were in a meeting.
“It was the first and only time that Ivanka’s staff saw Kelly visit their second-floor corner of the West Wing,” according to Kushner.
Through a spokesman, Trump assured the Post that her husband’s description of the incident was true.
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The report said Kelly believed Kushner and his wife were out to undermine his authority as chief of staff because they were related to the president. Additionally, Kushner accused Kelly of insincerely complimenting Ivanka in public only to denigrate her behind her back.
“Then the four-star general would call her staff to his office and berate and intimidate them over trivial procedural issues that his rigid system often created,” Kushner added. “He would frequently refer to her initiatives like paid family leave and the child tax credit as ‘Ivanka’s pet projects.’”