Former White House chief of staff John Kelley has had scathing words for his old boss, saying during a CNN interview two years ago that former President Donald Trump is “the most flawed person I have ever met in my life.”
However, Kelly has his himself just been hit with a disturbing allegation. According to former Trump administration advisor Jared Kushner, Kelly once physically assaulted the president’s daughter.
Attack alleged to have occurred in a White House hallway
According to the Washington Post, Kushner made the allegation in his forthcoming book titled, Breaking History: A White House Memoir.
Kushner alleged that on one occasion, Kelly “had just marched out of a contentious meeting in the Oval Office” when he encountered Ivanka Trump, to whom Kushner is married.
“Ivanka was walking down the main hallway in the West Wing when she passed him. Unaware of his heated state of mind, she said, ‘Hello, chief,'” Kushner wrote.
“Kelly shoved her out of the way and stormed by,” he continued, adding, “She wasn’t hurt, and didn’t make a big deal about the altercation, but in his rage Kelly had shown his true character.”
Kushner then contended that Kelly went to Ivanka’s office to offer a “meek apology,” which his wife is said to have accepted.
Kelly denies shoving Ivanka Trump
The Post noted that Kelly, who previously served as a Marine Corps general, insisted to the Post when asked for a comment that no such incident ever took place.
“I don’t recall anything like you describe,” Kelly was quoted as telling the newspaper. “It is inconceivable that I would EVER shove a woman. Inconceivable. Never happen,” the former Marine insisted.
“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,” he went on.
Yet in his book, Kushner claimed that his wife’s chief of staff, Julie Radford, heard Kelly apologize. He added that Kelly’s presence was notable as this “was the first and only time that Ivanka’s staff saw Kelly visit their second-floor corner of the West Wing.”
A spokesperson for Ivanka Trump provided a statement to the Post which confirmed Kushner’s version of events.