- Trump is jealous of son-in-law Jared Kushner’s 7-figure book advance, per a CNN report.
- The former president is also worried that Kushner will take credit for his administration’s accomplishments.
- Trump has been interviewed for 17 forthcoming books but still doesn’t have a book deal of his own.
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Former President Donald Trump is envious of his son-in-law Jared Kushner’s seven-figure book deal for a memoir about his work as a senior White House official, CNN reported on Wednesday.
Kushner has inked a deal with Broadside Books, a division of HarperCollins, for an as-yet-untitled book set for 2022 publication. In it, Kushner will recount his work on everything from criminal justice policy to foreign policy, an area in which he took a prominent role to broker Middle East peace agreements.
CNN reported that Kushner and his wife Ivanka Trump, who also served as a White House advisor, have increasingly distanced themselves from the former president and taken a step back from his inner circle of top advisors.
Trump, who is “suspicious” of Kushner, is also worried that his son-in-law will take undue credit for the administration’s accomplishments, CNN said.
Excerpts from two forthcoming books on the last year of the Trump administration – “Nightmare Scenario” and “Frankly, We Did Win This Election” – also detailed how the tension between Trump and Kushner boiled over in the last year of the presidency.
Trump blamed Kushner for everything from the White House’s criminal justice efforts not helping his standing with Black voters to leading the administration’s partnerships with the private sector to increase the US’s testing capacity in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic.
And while Trump has granted 22 interviews for 17 forthcoming books on his presidency, Axios recently reported, he has yet to land a book deal himself.
Trump, for his part, boasted in a recent statement that he’s “writing like crazy” on “the book of all books” and “turned down two book deals from the most unlikely publishers.”
Politico reported, however, that none of the “big five” publishing houses, which includes HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, Hachette, Macmillan Publishers, and Simon & Schuster, have made offers for Trump’s post-presidency memoirs – and that editors are wary of working with him because of his voluminous lies about the 2020 election and the baggage from the January 6 insurrection.
One prominent literary agent told Politico that a publisher willing to take on Trump “is looking at a fact-checking nightmare, an exodus of other authors, and a staff uprising in the unlikely event they strike a deal with the former president.”