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Jared Kushner wrote in his book that he was treated for thyroid cancer while in the White House.
Peter Navarro said he never saw any signs of pain in Kushner and suggested he made it up.
Most thyroid cancers do not show up early in the disease. Nor is Navarro a friend of Kushner.
Peter Navarro, the former White House trade adviser, has suggested that Jared Kushner faked a claim that he had cancer to help sell copies of his upcoming memoir.
Trump’s son-in-law wrote in his book, ‘Breaking History: A White House Memoir,’ that he was diagnosed and treated for thyroid cancer while working in the White House as a senior adviser, a reported the New York Times.
According to the book, Kushner was diagnosed in October 2019 and sought to hide the disease from Trump, although the then-president eventually found out.
Navarro was asked in a Thursday night interview with Newsmax, shared by Mediaite, why Kushner would hide his diagnosis from Trump.
Navarro replied: “This thyroid thing, which came out of nowhere. I saw the guy every day. There was no sign that he was in pain or that he was in any danger or anything. I think it’s just sympathy to try to sell his book now.”
Navarro has repeatedly criticized Kushner in the past, an example of one of many feuds among those in Trump’s orbit.
According to the Mayo Clinic and the UK National Health Service, thyroid cancers can cause swelling and pain in the neck, sore throat and difficulty swallowing, but often have no obvious signs or symptoms at first. of the disease. Kushner said his cancer was caught early, The Times reported.
Navarro then called Kushner a “one-man wrecking crew” whose “only qualification was that he was the boss’s son-in-law.”
Representatives for Trump and Broadside Books, the publisher of Kushner’s memoir, did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Navarro criticized Kushner in his 2021 book, “In Trump Time: A Journal of America’s Plague Year,” specifically pointing to “Project Airbridge,” a short-lived program designed by Kushner to fly personal protective equipment from Asian manufacturers to US hospital providers. .
Navarro wrote that Kushner’s project has undermined U.S. PPE makers, saying economic measures like Kushner’s “have helped widen the trade deficit even as it drives this country further into its import dependency ditch. foreign”.
Other revelations from Kushner’s memoir include allegations that John Kelly, who worked as Trump’s chief of staff from 2017 to 2019, secretly listened in to all of the then president’s phone calls and once pushed Ivanka Trump. , Kushner’s wife and Donald Trump’s daughter. Kelly flatly denied the stampede claim.
Earlier this week, the Justice Department sued Navarro for handing over communications he sent and received while working at the White House, accusing him of ‘wrongfully retaining’ records that should have been handed over. in the National Archives after Trump left.
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