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New book reveals Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s White House power plays, Air Force One demands

A new tell-all book, which focuses on how Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner rose to “extraordinary” power in the White House, is sure to bolster the opinion among President Donald Trump’s critics that his daughter has a princess complex and that nepotism is the only reason she and her husband have their jobs as senior advisors.
Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner step off Air Force One upon arrival in Warsaw, Poland on July 5, 2017. (WOJTEK RADWANSKI/AFP/Getty Images) 
According to the New York Times , “Kushner Inc.,” by journalist Vicky Ward, portrays Ivanka Trump and Kushner as the heirs of New York real estate empires who were forged by domineering fathers. However, in Ivanka Trump’s case, her father was “disengaged,” and her childhood often was “isolated.”
The book also describes, in reportedly unflattering ways, how the two “climbed to positions of power by disregarding protocol and skirting the rules when they can,” added the Times, which got a sneak peek at Ward’s book.
One example of Ivanka Trump and Kushner’s apparent sense of entitlement and rule-skirting comes in the way they have demanded use of Air Force One at times when it was “not appropriate,” Ward writes, according to the Times.
The couple wanted to control who could travel on trips funded by the State Department, according to the Times. When former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson denied their requests, the couple tried to get around him by inviting along a cabinet secretary, usually Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, to get access to the plane.
One purpose of the book is to dissect the kind of influence Ivanka Trump and Kushner have on President Trump and on his administration’s management and policies, the Times reported. There is a common “narrative” that the two serve as “stabilizing voices inside an otherwise chaotic White House,” but the book instead depicts the two as Trump’s “chief enablers,” the Times reported.
This appears to be the case in Ivanka Trump’s reaction to her father blaming “both sides” following a deadly white nationalist protest in Charlottesville, Va., in August 2017.
The book reports that top White House economic adviser Gary Cohn considered resigning when Trump refused to condemn the white nationalists outright at a news conference. Cohn shared his concerns with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner and came away “shocked” by Ivanka’s response.
President Donald Trump shakes the hand of his daughter and advisor, Ivanka Trump during a meeting with the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board inside the State Dining Room of the White House on March 6. (Photo by Tom Brenner/Getty Images) 
“My dad’s not a racist; he didn’t mean any of it,” Ivanka Trump reportedly said, echoing those who defended her father’s controversial statements, according to the Times. She also insisted that her father’s critics were misinterpreting his words. “That’s not what he said,” the first daughter declared.
While Cohn did not resign over the Charlottesville controversy, the episode changed his view of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, according to Ward.
Cohn, who left the White House in March 2018 after losing a policy battle over steel and aluminum tariffs, denied that this encounter soured his view of the couple. He issued a statement to the Times in which he said, “Ivanka and Jared brought me into the administration. We worked well together and continue to be friends to this day.”
Similarly, a spokesperson for Ivanka Trump and Kushner blasted Ward’s book as a work of “fiction.”

“Every point that Ms. Ward mentioned in what she called her ‘fact checking’ stage was entirely false,” Peter Mirijanian, a spokesman for Mr. Kushner’s lawyer, Abbe Lowell, said in a statement to the Times. “It seems she has written a book of fiction rather than any serious attempt to get the facts.”
According to the Times, Ward spent two years interviewing 200 people for her book, which will be published March 19. Many of the people she interviewed were granted anonymity.
Since joining the White House, Ivanka Trump has created a portfolio that includes issues that have bipartisan support and are mostly noncontroversial,  CNN reported.   However, Ivanka Trump’s advocacy for some issues, notably women’s empowerment and combatting sex trafficking, have bought accusations of hypocrisy because she appears to stand in opposition to White House policies and her father’s actions and rhetoric.
Meanwhile, Jared Kushner more controversially has been tasked with leading U.S. efforts to forge Middle East peace , but he has been criticized for his friendship with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
“Kushner Inc.” also depicts the president as going back and forth over wanting to push Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner out of the White House, especially after it occurred to him that the two, who had no experience in government service, “didn’t know how to play the game.” Individually and together, they also have generated their share of negative headlines for the White House, which became a concern for the president, according to the book.
At one point, Trump gave his former Chief of Staff John Kelly the task of getting the couple to move back to New York. But now Kelly is gone, and Ivanka Trump and Kushner are still around. It appears that the president has resigned himself to their presence or realized that he can’t rely on many others to be so loyal. According to reports , Ivanka Trump and Kushner’s power has only grown since Kelly’s departure in December.
The idea of Ivanka Trump’s “princess” complex has been reported before. In another tell-all book, published last year, “Born Trump: Inside America’s First Family,” she and her siblings “seized on the opportunity” of their father winning the presidency.
Ivanka Trump, in particular, had stars in her eyes when it came to her father’s transition and the inauguration, according to author Emily Jane Fox, who also writes for Vanity Fair. She came from a family that long hoped to fashion themselves into a “modern version of the Kennedys,” Fox wrote.
For Trump’s inauguration, the marketing-savvy Ivanka Trump “seemed particularly attuned to the stagecraft,” Fox reported. She was keen on the potential pageantry and symbolism of the occasion and worked with a stylist on devising her inauguration day outfits. She told friends she wanted a “princess moment,” according to Fox.
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