Jared Kushner, senior advisor to former U.S. President Donald Trump, says in an as-yet-unpublished memoir that he was diagnosed with and treated for thyroid cancer while in the White House, according to The New York Times.
Kushner recounts that the White House doctor broke the news to him in the medical cabin of Air Force One in 2019 while he was traveling to Texas. "It looks like you have cancer. We need to schedule a surgery right away," Kushner wrote in “Breaking History: A White House Memoir.”
He continued that although the cancer was diagnosed at an early stage, a sizeable portion of his thyroid had to be removed and that his voice could have been damaged as a result of the surgery.
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In his memoir, Kushner doesn't go into great detail as to why he chose not to make the information public, explaining that it was a private issue that was "not for public consumption."
Former senior White House officials claim that because Kushner was not an elected official, he was under no responsibility to disclose his illness with the public.
According to him, even the president at the time, Donald Trump, who is also his father-in-law, wasn't initially told about Kushner's diagnosis.
Trump eventually learned about Kushner's condition, though Kushner claims he doesn't know how.