Jared Kushner said that he had been diagnosed with thyroid cancer while working as a senior advisor for former President Donald Trump. Learn about his surgery that was “not for public consumption.”
Jared Kushner revealed that he had a medical scare during his time in the White House.
According to a portion of his memoir given to The New York Times, the 40-year-old stated that he was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in October 2019 while serving as the former president’s senior advisor and son-in-law. Kushner recalled the moment he learned of his diagnosis in Breaking History: A White House Memoir.
“On the morning that I traveled to Texas to attend the opening of a Louis Vuitton factory, White House physician Sean Conley pulled me into the medical cabin on Air Force One,” he wrote, per the outlet. “‘Your test results came back from Walter Reed,’ he said. ‘It looks like you have cancer. We need to schedule surgery right away.'”
Kushner disclosed that he made the decision to keep the diagnosis as private as possible. In fact, he said that he first requested the doctor to keep the news a secret until they could meet in person the next day: “Please don’t tell anyone—especially my wife or my father-in-law.” (He said he later told his wife Ivanka Trump.)
“This was a personal problem and not for public consumption,” he wrote. “I didn’t tell anyone at the White House—including the president.”
But despite keeping the medical findings a secret, Kushner stated in his memoir that President Trump learned about his surgery, which necessitated the removal of a “substantial part” of Kushner’s thyroid.
“The day before the surgery, Trump called me into the Oval Office and motioned for his team to close the door,” he recalled. “‘Are you nervous about the surgery?’ he asked,” to which Kushner replied, “How do you know about it?”
According to Kushner, the reality star told him, “I’m the president. I know everything. I understand that you want to keep these things quiet. I like to keep things like this to myself as well. You’ll be just fine. Don’t worry about anything with work. We have everything covered here.”
As per Eonline, his memoir will be published on Aug. 23.