New book: Trump nearly fired Jared and Ivanka via tweet
Washington CNN —Then-President Donald Trump nearly fired his daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner from the White House via tweet, according to a new book from New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman.
Trump raised the prospect of firing Ivanka Trump and Kushner, who were both senior White House aides, during meetings with then-chief of staff John Kelly and then-White House counsel Don McGahn, Haberman writes.
Trump never had such a conversation – one of numerous instances where he avoided interpersonal conflict – and Ivanka Trump and Kushner remained at the White House throughout Trump’s presidency.
“To fully reckon with Donald Trump, his presidency and political future, people need to know where he comes from,” writes Haberman, a CNN political analyst.
“Instead of acknowledging that, he shouted down the teachers,” Haberman writes.
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He disliked former German Chancellor Angela Merkel and described her in a meeting as “that bitch,” Haberman writes.
“Cocked or decocked?”The group gave Trump blank stares, Haberman writes, and he made a chopping gesture with his hand.
Koch, a Democrat, called Trump a “lightweight” – a dig that Trump himself later adopted, in addition to much of Koch’s style, Haberman writes.
Trump vowed to aides that he simply wouldn’t leave the White House, Haberman reported.
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White House aide Hope Hicks told Trump she had seen no proof of widespread fraud.