Jared Kushner Had Cancer While Serving in Trump White House: Memoir

Former President Donald Trump’s son-in-law has revealed in his upcoming memoir that Jared Kushner was diagnosed with thyroid cancer while serving in the West Wing.

White House physician Sean Conley announced the diagnosis while Mr. Kushner, a senior White House adviser, was aboard Air Force One in October 2019.

Mr. Kushner writes in “Breaking History: A White House Memoir,” “The morning I flew to Texas to attend the opening of the Louis Vuitton factory, White House physician Sean Connelly pulled me into the medical cabin of Air Force One.”

“‘Your test results are back from Walter Reed. It looks like you have cancer. We need to schedule a surgery immediately,'” he writes.

Excerpts from the book, which is due out next month, were first published by The New York Times.

Mr. Kushner, who was busy negotiating a trade deal with China at the time, asked Dr. Conley to keep the diagnosis confidential until he was able to speak with him in his office the next day.

“Please don’t tell anyone — especially my wife or my father-in-law,” he told Dr. Conley, according to his memoir.

Mr. Kushner eventually scheduled his surgery to remove a “substantial” portion of his thyroid for the Friday before Thanksgiving to “minimize lost time in the office,” he writes.

“My absence may not go unnoticed,” he writes. “I wanted it this way.”

He said he kept the diagnosis close to the vest, telling only his wife Ivanka Trump and a small circle of aides and White House officials.

He also managed to keep the diagnosis and surgery out of the press, but he writes that Mr. Trump finally got the word out before going under the knife.

“The day before the surgery, Trump called me into the Oval Office and motioned for his team to close the door. ‘Are you worried about the surgery?’ he asked,” Mr. Kushner writes.

”How do you know about that?” Mr. Kushner asked.

“I am the president,” Mr. Trump said, Mr. Kushner writes. “I know everything. I understand you want to keep these things quiet. I like to keep things like that to myself, too. You’ll be fine. Don’t worry about anything with work. We have everything covered here.”

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