Former Trump adviser Peter Navarro is skeptical of the revelation of Jared Kushner’s cancer and believes the former president’s son-in-law is using the diagnosis to help sell his upcoming memoir.
Asked why Kushner wouldn’t tell former President Donald Trump he had thyroid cancer, Navarro told Newsmax, “This thyroid thing, which came out of nowhere.”
“I saw the guy every day. There’s no sign he was in pain or in any danger or anything. I think it’s just sympathy to try to sell his book now,” he said Thursday night, adding that he thought Kushner’s book was “fiction.”
In Kushner’s new book, Breaking History: A White House Memoirthe former senior adviser to the president revealed he was diagnosed and treated for thyroid cancer while working at the White House in October 2019.
According to the memoir, Kushner tried to hide his cancer from Trump, but his stepfather eventually found out.
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Navarro, who helped lead the Trump administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic alongside Kushner, has criticized his White House colleague in the past.
On Thursday, he called Kushner a “one-man wrecking crew” and said his “only qualification was that he was the boss’s son-in-law.” Navarro alleged that Kushner would “take credit for any success we had,” but then blame others whenever the administration failed.
“Every time, whether it’s campaign mismanagement, pandemic mismanagement, taking too much credit for NAFTA, taking too much credit for the Abraham Accords “said the Trump loyalist. “I mean, the guy was just a one-man wrecking crew, 36 years old, I think, when he went in there untrained.”
While Navarro has been candid about the tensions between him and Kushner, this was reported by vanity lounge that Navarro was only appointed by Trump after Kushner cold-called the economist after reading his book Death by China.
On Wednesday, the Justice Department sued Navarro, seeking to force the former trade adviser to turn over communications he sent and received while working in the Trump White House.
According to the lawsuit, Navarro had a private email account that he used to “wrongfully store” documents that were supposed to be turned over to the National Archives. Prosecutors say those communications include about 200 to 250 emails.
“Mr. Navarro has refused to return any presidential records he kept absent a grant of immunity for the act of returning those records,” prosecutors said.
The lawsuit said federal officials tried to get a copy of the emails from Navarro and his legal team, but the former official refused unless he was granted immunity in exchange for the communications. .