Donald Trump openly mocked his son-in-law and White House adviser Jared Kushner in front of his aides during a 2020 campaign strategy meeting, The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman reports in her upcoming book.
It was one of a series of disparaging comments the then-president made about Kushner, who is married to his daughter Ivanka Trump, according to an excerpt from “Confidence Man” published by The Guardian on Thursday.
Trump, according to Haberman, was talking about a camping trip his daughter was hoping to take in an RV when he said of Kushner, who was in the room: “This skinny guy wants to do it. Can you imagine Jared and her skinny ass camping? It would be like something out of ‘Deliverance.'”
Trump then imitated “the banjo song from the 1972 movie about four men on vacation in rural Georgia who are attacked, chased and in one case brutally raped by a local resident,” Haberman wrote.
On another occasion, Trump claimed that Kushner “sounds like a child.”
He also questioned whether Kushner, who is Jewish, was “just avoiding work” by observing Shabbat.
In previously released excerpts from the book, Haberman said Trump came close to announcing the firing of Kushner and Ivanka Trump via Twitter, but was told by then-White House chief of staff John Kelly that I had to talk to the couple first.