Writing in his upcoming memoir Breaking History, Kushner paints Kelly as a ‘Jekyll-and-Hyde’-style bully who once assaulted the first daughter while storming past her.
He recalled: ‘One day he had just marched out of a contentious meeting in the Oval Office. Ivanka was walking down the main hallway in the West Wing when she passed him. Unaware of his heated state of mind, she said, ‘Hello, chief.’
He continued: ‘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.’
Kushner, who served as one of ex-President Donald Trump’s closest advisors, said that the incident occurred following a volatile meeting in the Oval Office, according to the Washington Post.
Following the alleged shove, Kelly offered Ivanka a ‘meek apology’ that was accepted.
John Kelly, pictured furthest left in March 2018, is said to have shoved Ivanka Trump (center) during a testy Oval Office meeting with her father Donald Trump, Ivanka’s husband Jared Kushner (right) has revealed in his upcoming memoir
Kushner’s upcoming memoir Breaking History also reveals how he was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and treated for the disease while in the White House
In response to the allegation, Kelly told the Post: ‘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.’
The 72 year-old served as chief of staff to Trump between July 2017 and January 2019.
Towards the end of his tenure in the West Wing, it was widely reported that Kelly was not present when Trump made key decisions and that the pair had grown distant.
When Kelly was appointed as chief of staff, Ivanka tweeted a picture of him being sworn in an called him ‘a true American hero’
Kelly, 72, served as chief of staff to Trump between July 2017 and January 2019
Kushner’s book is due to be published on August 23. A leak from the book already revealed that Trump’s son-in-law was diagnosed with thyroid cancer during his time in the administration.
Kelly is a former Marine Corps four-star general who replaced Reince Priebus as Trump’s chief of staff.
It isn’t the first time that the animosity between Kelly and Ivanka has been reflected in print.
Columnist Michael Wolff wrote in his book ‘Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House:’ ‘Kelly’s long-suffering antipathy toward the president was rivaled only by his scorn for the president’s family.’
Shortly after taking on the role in the Trump administration, Axios reported that Kelly had seen to it that Kushner’s security clearance was downgraded from ‘Interim Top Secret’ to ‘Interim Secret.’
A source described Ivanka and Kushner’s battles with Kelly as a ‘death match.’ During the Winter Olympics in South Korea in 2018, CNN reported that Kelly felt as though Ivanka was ‘playing government’ in her attempts to enter negotiations between North and South.
In December 2018, prior to his leaving the White House, an official source told the New York Times that Kelly was so at-odds with Kushner and Ivanka that he kept tabs on their requests and dealings.
The Times report says that Kelly kept the notes in plain sight on his desk.
Finally, when Kelly was ousted at the end of 2018, the Washington Post reported that it was Kushner and Ivanka that convinced Trump to pull the trigger.
It wasn’t always like this. When Kelly was appointed, Ivanka tweeted a picture of him being sworn in an called him ‘a true American hero.’ Her father said at the swearing in that Kelly would go down ‘in terms of the position of chief of staff, one of the greatest ever.’
A source told CNN that day that Kushner and Ivanka ‘have a lot of admiration and respect for (Kelly) and his ability to professionalize the West Wing and are eager to follow his lead. They want this to work.’
The honeymoon didn’t last long, by September, the New York Times reported that Kelly had made efforts to put a stop to Ivanka’s regular unannounced visits to the Oval Office to visit her father.
At the same time, CNN reported that Ivanka’s arrival at meetings had left people such as Senator Mitch McConnell ‘visibly annoyed’ by her presence.