Volatile former White House strategist Steve Bannon once threatened to break Jared Kushner “in half” when they worked together in the West Wing, Donald Trump’s son-in-law has revealed in his upcoming book.
Bannon contributed to a toxic atmosphere in the turbulent West Wing during Trump’s tenure in the Oval Office, according to Kushner’s book, “Breaking History: A White House Memoir,” due out next month.
Kushner, who was a senior White House adviser at the time, said Bannon yelled at him and threatened him in the Cabinet Room after Gary Cohn told Kushner that Bannon had leaked negative information about the chief economic adviser at the time.
“Steve, you gotta stop running away from Gary,” scolded Kushner Bannon, he recounted in his book, according to CNN, which obtained an advance copy of the memoir. “We are trying to build a team here.”
Bannon, according to Kushner, fired back saying it was Cohn who leaked harmful information about him.
“‘Jared, right now you’re the one undermining the president’s agenda,'” Bannon said, Kushner recounted. “He continued, his eyes intense and his voice escalating to a scream. ‘And if you go against me, I will break you in two. Don’t fuck with me. “
Kushner was intimidated. He realized he was “woefully unprepared” to deal with Bannon, who had “a black belt in the dark arts of media manipulation”, he wrote, according to the account of the book by CNN.
In another incident, after Kushner called The New York Times about a story involving Bannon, the White House strategist exploded, “How dare you tell me about this? If you run away from me, I can run away from you 28 ways starting Sunday,” Bannon told him, Kushner recalled in his book, according to CNN.
Kushner also noted in his book that Trump ultimately latched onto Bannon before firing him in 2017.
Trump then tweeted that “Sloppy Steve” “cried when he was fired” and “begged for his job.” Trump also said that Bannon “was dumped like a dog by almost everyone. Too bad!” he scoffed-crowned.
Kushner joked with a friend at the time that firing Bannon was one of his greatest White House accomplishments.
Bannon could not immediately be reached for comment.
Since his outburst at Kushner, Bannon has often publicly displayed some of his “black belt” in media invective.
Earlier this week he called on 4,000 “shock troops” to “deconstruct” government “brick by brick” on one of his “War Room” podcasts.
He was found guilty last week of two counts of contempt of Congress for ignoring a subpoena to testify before the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection.
Bannon vowed to “go medieval” with his enemies when he received his subpoena last year and said he would make the charges against him “crime from hell” for the Biden administration. Instead, he didn’t even speak up in his defense. The jury determined he was guilty after deliberating for less than three hours.
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