Recent reporting from The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman has recently revealed that Donald Trump’s son-in-law and former advisor Jared Kushner was allegedly treated for thyroid cancer during his time serving in his father-in-law’s White House.
The reporting came last week, alleging that Kushner was treated for cancer in October 2019. The revelation hails from “an upcoming memoir set to be published” on Aug. 23. An excerpt from the memoir, Breaking History: A White House Memoir, was given to the Times.
Kushner writes, “On the morning that I traveled to Texas to attend the opening of a Louis Vuitton factory, White House physician Sean Conley pulled me into the medical cabin on Air Force One. Your test results came back from Walter Reed,’ he said. ‘It looks like you have cancer. We need to schedule a surgery right away.’”
The former Trump advisor reveals that he asked Conley not to “tell anyone — especially my wife or my father-in-law.”
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Haberman reports on the matter:
Mr. Kushner wrote that the cancer was caught ‘early’ but required removing a ‘substantial part of my thyroid’ and that he was warned that there could be lingering damage to his voice.
His illness was one of the few pieces of information that did not leak out of one of the leakiest White Houses in modern memory.
Mr. Kushner wrote little in the book about why he did not make the information public, other than to say he worked to make sure a small circle was aware of it.”
Kushner went on to write that a doctor “concluded that I needed surgery to remove an unusual growth in my thyroid, and we scheduled the operation for the Friday before Thanksgiving. That way, I would miss the least amount of time in the office. My absence might even go unnoticed. That’s how I wanted it.”
Trump’s son-in-law described his diagnosis as “a personal problem and not for public consumption,” and ultimately only told his wife Ivanka, acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, and a handful of his aides. Kushner notes that he didn’t tell his father-in-law, though Trump would go on to find out. However, Kushner claims Trump didn’t tell the others.
“The day before the surgery, Trump called me into the Oval Office and motioned for his team to close the door,” Kushner penned. “‘Are you nervous about the surgery?’ he asked.”
“How do you know about it?” Kushner asked.
“I’m the president,” Kushner says then-President Trump responded. “I know everything. I understand that you want to keep these things quiet. I like to keep things like this to myself as well. You’ll be just fine. Don’t worry about anything with work. We have everything covered here.”
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