The latest insider to put out a tell-all book about his tumultuous experience during the Trump administration is the highest profile one yet and the media is already salivating over excerpts of the memoir by the former president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, including his butting heads with Steve Bannon.
In his book “Breaking History: A White House Memoir” which is set to be released in August, Kushner, who served as the senior White House adviser to President Trump, details multiple clashes with the former Breitbart CEO who was also briefly a member of the administration.
According to the advance excerpts first reported by CNN, Kushner described Bannon as a “toxic” presence who once physically threatened to break him ‘in half” during one of the heated exchanges between the two men.
CNN dishes on a Cabinet Room confrontation after Gary Cohn, a senior economic adviser told Kushner that Bannon was responsible for “leaking negative information about him.”
“Steve, you gotta stop leaking on Gary,” Kushner admonished Bannon. “We’re trying to build a team here.”
According to Kushner, that didn’t go over well with Bannon who responded, “‘Cohn’s the one leaking on me. … Jared, right now, you’re the one undermining the President’s agenda,’ he continued, his eyes intense and voice escalating into a yell. ‘And if you go against me, I will break you in half. Don’t f— with me,’” the outlet reported.
In his book, Kushner described Bannon as “a black belt in the dark arts of media manipulation,” saying that he was “woefully unprepared” after Bannon “declared war on him.”
Kushner writes that he was urged by Trump’s first chief of staff Reince Priebus “to call a reporter from the New York Times to ward off a story that Priebus and Bannon had been kicked off an Air Force One trip amid Trump’s unhappiness with his senior staff,” according to CNN. “‘Why are you coming to Florida for the day? I don’t need you there. Stay here,’ Kushner says Trump told Priebus and Bannon, before referencing then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from the FBI’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.”
Kushner claimed that Trump said, “There was no reason for Sessions to recuse himself, and this is going to unleash a disaster.”
He said that Bannon “exploded on him” after Kushner called New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman at the urging of Priebus.
“How f—ing dare you leak on me? If you leak out on me, I can leak out on you 28 ways from Sunday,” Bannon said, according to the book.
“Bannon single-handedly caused more problems for me than anyone else in my time in Washington. He probably leaked and lied about me more than everyone else combined. He played dirty and dragged me into the mud of the Russia investigation. But now that he was in trouble, I felt like helping him was the right thing to do,” Kushner wrote.
Amazon says of “Breaking History,” Kushner’s book that it, “takes readers inside debates in the Oval Office, double-crosses at the United Nations, tense meetings in Arab palaces, high-stakes negotiations, and the daily barrage of leaks, false allegations, investigations, and West Wing infighting.”
“A true historical thriller, this book is not your typical political memoir. Kushner details Washington’s intense resistance to change and reveals how he broke through the stalemates of the past. An outsider among outsiders, Kushner was a results-driven executive among beltway power brokers,” the description reads. “He questioned old assumptions and delivered unprecedented results on trade, criminal justice reform, production of COVID-19 vaccines, and Middle East peace. His successful negotiation of the Abraham Accords, the most significant diplomatic breakthrough in 50 years, earned him a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize.”
Kushner’s book is scheduled to be released on August 23, 2022.
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