According to excerpts from the book seen by Reuters, Kushner wrote that White House doctor Sean Conley had told him in private on Air Force One while Trump was in trip to Texas, that the results of his test at Walter Reed Medical Center they showed that he had cancer and that they “need to make an appointment” to have surgery immediately.
Kushner underwent the surgery just before Thanksgiving that year and was able to keep his cancer a secret despite working in the White House, where leaks were common. Excerpts from the book were first published in the New York Times.
Unbeknownst to Kushner, Trump was aware of his brother-in-law’s cancer: “The day before the surgery, Trump called me into the Oval Office and asked his team to close the door, then asked ‘Are you worried about the surgery?’
“How did you know?” Kushner asked.
Kushner quoted Trump as saying, “I’m the president … I know everything. I understand your desire to keep things like that secret. I also want to keep things like that to myself. It’ll be okay. Don’t worry about anything about work.”
Kushner revealed his diagnosis of the disease in his memoirs, which will be published on 23 August.
Kushner said much of the thyroid gland was removed during the surgery, which was performed during tense negotiations with China on a trade deal.
Kushner was a major negotiator in the US-mediated normalization talks between Israel and a number of Arab countries in 2020. He now heads global investment firm Affinity Partners and is out of politics for the time being.