- Former Trump adviser Jared Kushner wrote that he and Steve Bannon clashed at the White House.
- Bannon threatened to “break” Kushner “in half” if he decided to oppose him.
- After Bannon was fired, advisers joked that his only role was to leak stories to the press, Kushner wrote.
After former President Donald Trump fired Steve Bannon, other White House advisers joked that Bannon’s only job was to leak stories to the press, Jared Kushner wrote in his new memoir.
“Stephen Miller joked with Hope [Hicks] and me, ‘I have a plan to split Steve Bannon’s massive workload. Hope, you’re fleeing to Jonathan Swan at Axios. Jared, you’re calling Mike Bender from the Wall Street Journal. I’ll call Jeremy Peters of the New York Times, and… we’re done,” Kushner wrote, according to CNN.
“Breaking History: A White House Memoir,” details the fallout between former Trump adviser Kushner and Bannon.
Kushner calls Bannon a specialist in “manipulating the media” and writes that Bannon threatened to “leak” Kushner to the press following a call he made with The New York Times. At the time, Kushner was trying to shut down a story about Trump’s displeasure with Bannon and former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, CNN reported.
According to Kushner’s account, after telling Bannon to stop leaking stories about senior economic adviser Gary Cohn, Bannon said he would “break ‘Kushner’ in half”.
“‘Jared, right now you’re the one undermining the President’s agenda,’ he continued, his eyes intense and his voice escalating to a scream. ‘And if you go against me, I break you in two — with me,” Kushner wrote, according to CNN.
Kushner wrote that Bannon’s termination as Trump’s chief strategist and senior counsel in 2017 was one of his accomplishments.
“Admitting that I had yet to show major political success in my seven months in government, I joked, ‘At least I was able to get Steve Bannon fired,'” Kushner wrote.
Bannon’s attorneys did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.