In the final days of the Trump presidency, Jared Kushner told Ivanka Trump she was “ready” to get back to her old lives.
“In thirty days, we’ll have a lot less responsibility and get our lives back,” Kushner told Ivanka in December 2021, according to her soon-to-be memoir.
Kushner and Ivanka Trump stayed out of the spotlight after leaving the White House and largely avoided Donald Trump.
During then-President Donald Trump’s final days in office, Jared Kushner told his wife, Ivanka, that he was “ready” to return to the lives they lived before they became Trump’s senior advisers.
“It’s been five years, but in thirty days we’ll have a lot less responsibilities and get our lives back,” Kushner told Ivanka in December 2021, in a quote titled “Breaking History.” : Memories of a White House”, Insider obtained.
“I’m ready,” he wrote. “We have to hold on tighter for thirty days.”
At the time, Kushner was helping to coordinate the Trump administration’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In his book, he wrote that he was trying to strike a deal with the pharmaceutical company Pfizer to order millions more doses of the vaccine shortly after it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
“I don’t think we’re going to get to the recession we’re hoping for,” Kushner told Ivanka one December evening, after spending the afternoon toggling between negotiating over the phone with Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla and discussing presidential pardons with Trump. , according to the book. Kushner has finally struck a deal with Pfizer, he wrote.
Kushner and Ivanka have largely remained out of public view since leaving the White House and moving to Miami, Florida. The couple avoided the former president, despite being an estimated 1.5 hours from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in West Palm Beach, CNN reported in June 2021.
Both Kushner and Ivanka testified before the House select committee investigating the Capitol riot of January 6, 2021. Portions of both interviews were played by the panel during a series of public hearings in June and July.
Kushner told lawmakers he urged the president not to seek legal advice from former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
When asked if he shared his views on Giuliani with Trump, Kushner replied, “Um, I guess, yes.” He later elaborated: “Basically, that’s not the approach I would take if I were you.”
Meanwhile, Ivanka told the committee that she doesn’t believe her father should declare victory on Election Day 2020.
“I don’t know if I have a firm view of what to say in this situation,” he testified. “The results were still counting. It was clear that there would be no race on election night.”
In another significant breakup with her father, Ivanka told the committee she “acknowledged” that there was no evidence of rampant voter fraud in the 2020 election, when then-Attorney General William Barr made public a month after the election.
“It affected my perspective. I respect Attorney General Barr, so I accepted what he said,” said his former first daughter.
Kushner’s memoir detailing his years in the Trump White House is scheduled to be published on August 23.
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