Jared Kushner Had Cancer During Time at White House
Ivanka Trump’s husband, who’s also the son-in-law of former President Donald Trump and served as his senior adviser, reveals he was diagnosed with and treated for thyroid cancer during his time working for his father-in-law, former President Donald Trump.
Kushner’s thyroid cancer was discovered in October 2019, and the dad of three was made aware of the news while aboard Air Force One, he reveals in an excerpt to his upcoming memoir. #aff
“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,” Kushner writes. “‘Your test results came back from Walter Reed,’ he said. ‘It looks like you have cancer. We need to schedule a surgery right away.'”
He recalls telling Dr. Conley: “Please don’t tell anyone — especially my wife or my father-in-law.”
Kushner notes that the cancer was caught early, but required removing a “substantial part of my thyroid,” which he was warned could cause long-term damage to his voice.
The Harvard alum kept his diagnosis a secret from everyone but his wife Ivanka Trump, White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and two of Kushner’s aides.
After a doctor at New York Presbyterian Hospital concluded that surgery was needed “to remove an unusual growth” in Kushner’s thyroid, the operation was scheduled for the Friday before Thanksgiving, so that the former senior adviser “would miss the least amount of time in the office,” he writes in the book.
“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,” he explains.
Kushner recalls his father-in-law, 76, calling him into the Oval Office the day before his surgery and asking if he was nervous about the procedure, even though Kushner never told the former president about his diagnosis.
“I’m the President,” Kushner recalls Donald telling him. “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.”
Kushner inked a book deal last June with Broadside Books, a conservative imprint of HarperCollins, to write about his father-in-law’s presidency.
Since leaving the West Wing, Kushner and Ivanka, 40, have relocated to Miami, where Kushner launched his investment firm Affinity Partners last year.
Breaking History: A White House Memoir will be available in August.
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