Former President Donald Trump is allegedly envious of Jared Kushner’s book contract to write about his time in the White House.
Jared Kushner is married to Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, and held the official title of “Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor” while Trump was in office.
Trump recently complained about Kushner signing a book contract that he fears his son-in-law would use to claim credit for some of his successes, according to CNN sources.
Trump is envious of Kushner’s book contract, which is for “seven figures,” according to the source.
The source told CNN, “He’s always been suspicious of Jared.”
According to a former White House official, Trump keeps a close eye on his former staff to ensure they don’t try to take credit away from him.
The sins of the father are to be laid upon the children — and rightfully so.
Ivanka and Jared stood by and watched as Americans died. There can be no second act for Donald Trump’s enablers. https://t.co/QOm8Wh0tw6
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) June 23, 2021
“It is not a secret President Trump doesn’t like when he thinks other people are getting attention for something he feels he has facilitated,” the official explained. “There’s a sweet spot between saying nothing about work you did and saying too much that everyone has to find — or else he gets triggered.”
According to CNN, Trump has begun to doubt Kushner’s own achievements, notably his efforts to bring peace to the Middle East, which have been shattered by increased bloodshed between Israel and the Palestinians.
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Barely knew the guy. Just knew he was a son-in-law or something. https://t.co/DlnTacURdp
— One of Twelve (@Para_Doc) June 23, 2021
Trump’s grievances have grown louder with each passing day away from Washington, driving away his daughter Ivanka Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner.
The former President has been known to rant for hours about the “stolen” 2020 election. His feelings come out in fits and spurts at other times, most frequently when he’s talking about his hopes for a comeback to national politics. According to 12 former Trump White House officials, former administration officials, family friends, acquaintances, and members of Trump’s team who spoke with CNN about changes to the former President’s current inner circle, the gap between Trump and his daughter and son-in-law grows wider by the week.
Trump’s incessant harping on the past and inability to move on is a big part of the cause for the split. The former President has also begun to doubt the significance of Kushner’s role in his presidential legacy, as one of the few persons who were able to remain close to Trump during his two presidential campaigns and White House tenure.
According to two associates, Ivanka Trump has battled to untangle the entanglements caused by her father’s years in the White House, as she seeks a less difficult existence for her family. They said she had to tread a narrow path between embracing her father and distance herself from his election deception.
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner were rarely seen with him in the months leading up to the former President’s seasonal shift from Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, to a cottage at his private golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, after spending much of the last five and a half years in close proximity to him.
“They weren’t around for the usual spring and summer events at Mar-a-Lago,” says one clubgoer and family friend, noting the absence of Trump’s elder daughter and the couple’s three young children.
Simultaneously, Kushner’s disappearance, previously the ringleader of Trump’s policy operations, became clear. According to a source close to Kushner, the Kushner/Trump family paid visits to Mar-a-Lago before Trump’s relocation north, but they were infrequent, averaging once every three to four weeks. Following their departure from Washington, Kushner and Ivanka Trump relocated to a Miami high-rise to await the completion of their residence on a nearby private island.
According to one person familiar with the situation, Kushner’s personal and virtual presence has grown increasingly infrequent as it became evident that his father-in-law remained focused on the 2020 race.
Those who know Kushner’s thinking say it wasn’t the distance that kept him away, but rather the desire to be away from Trump’s continual drip of hate and the chorus of voices cheering him on.
Some of Trump’s most trusted aides began encouraging him to hire someone to handle daily operations and help coordinate his candidate meetings, fundraising demands, and endorsement vetting process about the middle of March.
Susie Wiles, a Florida-based consultant who had won Trump’s trust and was a familiar face to others on his staff, was eventually hired. According to one of the persons associated with Trump’s organization, the frequency of Wiles’ appearances, as well as her general involvement, has reduced since Trump retreated to Bedminster for the summer.
Another constant presence is Donald Trump Jr., whose interest in politics has developed in the years since his father entered politics and who has grown into a trusted adviser to the former real estate billionaire.
Kushner isn’t helping Trump plan a rally later this month, nor is he heavily involved in the former President’s endorsement decisions or frequent public statements, which are delivered via news releases from Trump’s leadership PAC, Save America, which lacks a social media presence — something Kushner has shied away from.
Trump is insulated from his elder daughter and her husband’s influence without their participation, while a source close to Kushner says he “still communicates on the phone” with the former President.
Trump has “always had segmented relationships” with various people, according to a member of Trump’s team, and even at the White House, with Kushner ostensibly down the hall, Trump may be “doing his own act” on a regular basis. Trump’s latest influencers, according to this source, are similar to his unique method of eliciting opinion.
According to a source close to Kushner, the group with whom Trump bounces his most bizarre and dubious theories isn’t wholly out of the range of a slew of “regulars” with whom he has held court over the years, despite being conspiratorial in character.
After tensions between Israel and Hamas erupted into a violent series of airstrikes last month, two people acquainted with Trump’s conversations since his arrival in May at Bedminster said he questioned whether Kushner “accomplished[ed] peace in the Middle East after all.”
A source close to Trump denies that the former President has been open about his disloyalty to Kushner, pointing out that several authors who have interviewed Trump for their books have specifically questioned whether Trump blames Kushner for his election defeat.
Nonetheless, the Kushners make no apologies for their disapproval of the former President’s current endeavors. The close advisory relationship is clearly no longer there.
The distance that Kushner and Ivanka Trump have established between their current lives and that of the former President has also aided, but it is a gap that is quickly closing.