- Donald Trump backed a campaign coup to replace Jared Kushner with Steve Bannon, a new book says.
- The plot backfired when Trump refused to tell Kushner he was gone, fearing “family troubles”.
- The claims are in a book by Trump’s former trade adviser Peter Navarro, a longtime Kushner critic.
Donald Trump agreed to a plan to fire his son-in-law Jared Kushner from leading his 2020 reelection campaign, according to an upcoming book by former Trump aide Peter Navarro.
The plan, Navarro claimed, was to replace Kushner with Steve Bannon, who led Trump’s successful 2016 campaign and served as his chief strategist in the White House for a chaotic stint.
However, the plan backfired when the president refused to deliver the news to Kushner in person, the book says.
Navarro, a former White House trade adviser, makes the claims in his upcoming book “Taking Back Trump’s America: Why We Lost the White House and How We’ll Win It Back,” a copy of which was obtained by The Guardian.
In The Guardian excerpt, Navarro described his role in the plot to oust Kushner, whom Navarro has made no secret of that he doesn’t love.
Navarro said he had arranged a meeting between Trump and Bernie Marcus, the founder of Home Depot and a major Republican donor, during which the president “quickly agreed with Bernie that Jared should be replaced by Steve.”
The plan was also backed by Donald Trump Jr., The Guardian noted.
Bannon was fired from his position as White House strategist in 2017 after months of reported infighting with Kushner and other advisers.
Trump feared ‘family problems like’ [he] had to bring the bad news himself to… the father of his grandchildren, so he asked Marcus to be the messenger, according to The Guardian’s excerpt.
But when Marcus tried to get the message across, Kushner told him that “the campaign was all right, there was no way he was going to step down.”
“And that was that. And the rest is a catastrophic strategic failure history,” Navarro writes in the book.
Trump then lost the 2020 election to Joe Biden.
According to The Guardian, Navarro wondered in the book “why a president, who is supposed to be one of the greatest judges of talent… would make such poor staffing choices for so many White House and cabinet-level positions.”
Kushner was his father-in-law’s senior advisor throughout his tenure, along with his wife Ivanka.
Navarro cited part of his book “Both Nepotism and Excrement Roll Downhill,” in an apparent dig in the direction of Kushner, The Guardian report says.
The schism between Kushner on the one hand and Bannon and Navarro on the other is an example of the many feuds in Trump’s inner circle.
Navarro has been charged with illegally defying the House committee investigating the Capitol riots, and will face trial in November on charges of contempt of Congress.