CNN’s Chris Wallace felt compelled to dispute claims made by former Trump White House senior advisor Jared Kushner, citing a green room conversation he had with Mick Mulvaney, who served as former President Donald Trump’s acting Chief of Staff from January 2019 to March 2020.
Kushner, who is married to Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, accused John Kelly of “shoving” his wife after a heated Oval Office meeting in his new book, “Breaking History: A White House Memoir.”
“We all know that oftentimes the conversation in the green room is more interesting than what’s said on the air, the green room where we wait before we come on the air,” Wallace said Friday, in an appearance on “New Day.”
Chris Wallace reveals what a guest told him in the green room about the accusation that a Trump official pushed Ivanka Trump. pic.twitter.com/Rfr0wHCRGs
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“I was talking with Mick Mulvaney, Jared Kushner’s new book came out in which he says that John Kelly, the predecessor for him as White House Chief of Staff, shoved Ivanka out of the way,” Wallace told co-hosts Brianna Keilar and John Berman.
Mulvaney served as Trump’s acting Chief of Staff from January 2019 to March 2020
“He said that is inconceivable,” Wallace continued. “Could he have brushed by her? Yeah. Inconceivable that John Kelly, White House Chief of Staff, would have shoved Ivanka.”
Kushner wrote that Kelly was in a fit of “rage” when he “shoved” Ivanka Trump, according to excerpts of the memoir obtained by The Washington Post, adding that Kelly would later offer a “meek apology.”
“One day he had just marched out of a contentious meeting in the Oval Office,” Kushner wrote, according to the Post.
“Ivanka was walking down the main hallway of the West Wing when she passed him. Unaware of his heated state of mind, she said, ‘Hello, chief.’”
“Kelly shoved her out of the way and stormed by,” Kushner claimed. “She wasn’t hurt, and didn’t make a big deal about the altercation, but in his rage Kelly had shown his true character.”
In an email to the newspaper, Kelly vehemently denied the claim.
“It is inconceivable that I would EVER shove a woman,” he wrote. “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.”
Wallace also made it a point to dispute Kushner’s claims that he told Mulvaney that he had thyroid cancer.
“Mulvaney said ‘He never told me that. I have no recollection of it. And if he had, I would have remembered it.'”
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