Trump joked Kushner was 'more loyal to Israel than the US', book reveals

Trump joked Kushner was 'more loyal to Israel than the US', book reveals
The forthcoming book, created by Washington Post journalists, talks about how Trump, on multiple occasions, said his son-in-law and senior adviser had more loyalty to Israel than the United States.
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18 September, 2021
Peril talks about the number of times Trump made what were considered anti-Semitic remarks [Getty]

Former US President Donald Trump joked that his son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, was more loyal to Israel than his own country, according to a new book.

Written by Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, the book Peril alleges that Trump made the joke on several occasions.

During a meeting at the White House once, Trump reportedly targeted Kushner with racist remarks and used an anti-Semitic expression when indicating his loyalty to Israel.

In another meeting, Trump joked: “You know, Jared Kushner, who grew up in an Orthodox Jewish family, is more loyal to Israel than to the United States.”

The book quotes US-based Anti-Defamation League (ADL) as saying that "Trump repeatedly used the idea of ​​dual loyalty to say, albeit jokingly, that American Jews are more loyal to Israel than the United States, a charge that has been used for centuries to harass, marginalize and persecute the Jewish people," says Peril.

Among the multiple occasions Trump allegedly made the comments, the book mentions a time in April 2019 when he addressed an audience of American Jews and said they showed “either a complete lack of knowledge or great disloyalty” if they vote for Democrats.

In 2019, Kushner designed and presented to Palestinian and Arab leaders what he called ‘Deal of the Century’, a proposal by the Trump administration they said aimed at resolving the Israeli–Palestinian conflict by creating a two-state solution.

It was, however, heavily biased towards Israel and was met with fierce rejection by Palestinian factions.