The White House is pushing back on a new book, Kushner Inc. (Greed. Ambition. Corruption.) The Extraordinary Story of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, detailing Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s role in her daddy’s administration. The book’s author Vicky Ward told The Late Show‘s Stephen Colbert on Monday:
…if Sarah Huckabee Sanders wants to get into a credibility ratings battle with me, I’ll take her on.
Ward also told Colbert:
He [Trump] was very ambivalent about having them come in, he hates it when they get negative press.
If that’s true, Colbert said: “… why do you think the president doesn’t get them out of there?”
Ward answered that then-Chief of Staff John Kelly tried to force them to resign, on Trump’s orders, but:
…Trump couldn’t do it. He cannot send his daughter home.
…his daughter and her husband may be his undoing, that they are far more dangerous to him than Robert Mueller. Kushner’s role in firing James Comey as FBI director was much greater, more public, and more apparently self-serving than is widely known.
Is there anybody left to check the influence of Jared and Ivanka?
Melania Trump is the only person in my book who has ever successfully stood up to Ivanka Trump and won.
In the book, British-born Ward makes the point that Ivanka and Jared are a systemic threat. Ward:
My findings show that the threat that Kushner and Ivanka Trump pose to the systems and protocols that have kept this great country safe and free, is both extraordinary and extraordinarily under-recognized. I must play my part to rescue it from two entitled New York silver-spooners. I needed to report the systemic damage they’ve caused.
Revealing her reasoning for writing the book, Ward said:
I felt that it was my civic duty, the most important and urgent thing I could do for a country I’ve grown to love deeply and to which I owe so very much.
Ward, who is a contributing editor for Town & Country magazine, wrote:
I glimpsed the dangers of “Javanka” during the Transition: I think like many of us, I was hoping for the best. Surely, no one wants an incoming President to fail. But when the Trumps gave their first TV interview to CBS’s 60 Minutes, it wasn’t Donald Trump who, back then, worried me. It was Ivanka. The fact that she wore a $10,000 bangle from her fashion line, on television and then hawked it to viewers the next day was appalling.