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Jared Kushner avoided Trump the day after January 6 because he thought they would 'get in a fight': book

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Jared Kushner, a former senior White House advisor.Win McNamee/Getty

  • Jared Kushner wanted to avoid Trump the day after the Capitol riot on January 6.

  • “We’ll just get in a fight if I go” to the White House, Kushner reportedly told a lawmaker that day.

  • That’s according to a forthcoming book by ABC News’ Jonathan Karl.

After the Capitol riot on January 6, Jared Kushner said he would avoid going to the White House and seeing then-President Donald Trump, according to a forthcoming book by the ABC News correspondent Jonathan Karl.

“We’ll just get in a fight if I go over there,” Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law who was then working as his senior aide, told a Republican lawmaker the day after the riot, the book said.

The scene is included in Karl’s latest book, “Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show,” set to be published on Tuesday. Insider obtained an early copy.

Kushner had been flying back to the nation’s capital from Saudi Arabia when the riot began. When he landed at Joint Base Andrews, he went “straight home,” the book said. Secret Service agents had warned that it’d be “dangerous” for him to go to the White House, Kushner later told people, according to the book.

Unlike his wife, Ivanka Trump, Kushner did not release a statement in response to the insurrection. The day after the riot, the couple invited some Trump administration officials, including the economic advisor Larry Kudlow, over for a dinner at their home in Washington, DC. Nobody spoke about the riot — the conversation focused on the creation of a new think tank, according to the book.

In Trump’s White House, Kushner worked on everything from the response to the COVID-19 pandemic to US policy in the Middle East. He became one of the best-known and powerful figures in the Trump administration. Trump once called Kushner “my star.”

Since Trump left office, Kushner has reportedly tried to shift away from politics. In July, Reuters reported that Kushner was finalizing the launch of Affinity Partners, an investment firm headquartered in Miami, where he and Ivanka now live, not far from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach.

But they’ve visited Trump less and less frequently and do not show up for big events at Mar-a-Lago, CNN reported in June; the former president’s fixation on the 2020 election had reportedly driven them away. A CNN report in March said Kushner had barely been in touch with Trump.

In June, The New York Times reported that Kushner wanted a “simpler relationship” with his father-in-law and was focused on writing his memoir. The book, set to come out next year, would recount his time in the Trump administration.

A spokesperson for Kushner did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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