After the death of a counterprotester at a demonstration by white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which President Donald Trump said there was blame on “both sides,” White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump defended his statements.
Ivanka Trump, the president’s oldest daughter, also defended him in a conversation with Gary Cohn, Trump’s chief economic adviser, who is Jewish.
“My dad’s not a racist; he didn’t mean any of it. That’s not what he said,” Ivanka Trump, who is Jewish, said after the president failed to condemn the white supremacists, who also chanted slogans such as “Jews will not replace us.”
The exchange is chronicled in a book about the rise to power at the White House of Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, which will hit bookstores next week, the New York Times reported.
“Kushner Inc.” is written by journalist Vicky Ward, who spent two years conducting interviews for the book, according to the Times. She granted many of her 220 subjects anonymity, according to the report. It will be released on March 19.
The book discusses the upbringings of both Ivanka Trump and Kushner and the initial skepticism by the parents on both sides, mostly for religious reasons, about their marriage, according to the Times.
It talks about the president’s waxing and waning desire for the couple to leave Washington, D.C., and attempts to drive them to resign from their White House positions.
Kushner now serves as a member of the White House team in charge of the Trump administration’s Middle East peace plan, which is expected to be rolled out shortly after Israel’s national elections on April 9.
JTA Wire Service