Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Former Trump Secretary of State Says Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump Were in Cahoots to Shiv Mike Pence

One of the objectively funniest moments of the interval between 2016 and 2020 was when departing UN ambassador Nikki Haley used her 2018 resignation announcement to tell reporters: “Jared [Kushner] is such a hidden genius that nobody understands.” In case you missed it in actual time, you actually should take a second to watch and pay attention because the phrases come out of her mouth:

On the time, Kushner’s profession highlights included paying $1.8 billion for an getting old Midtown skyscraper on the eve of the financial crisis; passing a crank name from a comic pretending to be a Democratic senator onto his father-in-law, the president; and was registered to vote as a woman. Since then, his achievements have been convincing Donald Trump to fuel the longest government shutdown in history; reportedly shrugging his shoulders at the coronavirus as a result of it was initially solely hurting blue states; and cutting “the docs” out of the federal response to the pandemic.

In different phrases, nobody understood what Haley was speaking about. Had she lately fallen and suffered a head harm? Did she know that, behind the scenes, Kushner’s Saudi ass-kissing and murder-excusing would pay off in the form of a $2 billion check? Was there one other clarification for her deeply flattering and wholly unsubstantiated remark? A brand new ebook by one of her former administration colleagues suggests as a lot!

Per The Guardian:

In a brand new memoir peppered with broadsides at potential rivals in the 2024 Republican presidential major, Mike Pompeo, the previous secretary of state, accuses Nikki Haley of plotting with Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump to be named vice-president, even whereas she served as Donald Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations. Describing his personal anger when Haley secured a private Oval Workplace assembly with Trump with out checking with him, Pompeo writes that Haley in truth “performed” Trump’s then chief of employees, John Kelly, and as an alternative of assembly the president alone, was accompanied by Trump’s daughter and her husband, each senior advisers.

“As finest Kelly might inform,” Pompeo writes, “they have been presenting a attainable ‘Haley for vice-president’ choice. I can’t verify this, however [Kelly] was sure he had been performed, and he was not pleased about it. Clearly, this go to didn’t mirror a staff effort however undermined our work for America.”

It’s not clear if Jared and Ivanka have been hoping to swap Haley for then VP Mike Pence earlier than Trump’s first time period was accomplished, or in the event that they wished to accomplish that for a second one. (On Thursday, Haley called Pompeo’s assertions “lies and gossip to promote a ebook.”) As The Guardian notes, Pompeo’s declare is bolstered by contemporaneous reporting that Trump was trying to dump Pence for Haley on a 2020 ticket, which the then president felt the necessity to deny. In June 2021, Jared and Ivanka reportedly spent a weekend with Haley at her Kiawah, South Carolina, residence. A month later, my colleague Gabriel Sherman reported that Jared Kushner’s dad and mom had hosted a non-public lunch at their Jersey Shore home for buddies to meet Haley, the place Kushner‘s father, Charles, predicted that Haley can be “the primary lady president.”

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