KUSHNER INC.: Greed. Ambition. Corruption. The Extraordinary story of Jared Kushner & Ivanka Trump by Vicky Ward. Narrated by Vicky Ward & Fiona Hardingham.

Whenever I complained about Ivanka Trump, my husband would tell me: “Don’t knock Ivanka. She’s the only adult in the room who can do anything about Trump.”

666 Fifth Avenue (now called 660 Fifth Avenue) bought by Charles Kushner in 2007 turned out to be a money quagmire that led son Jared Kushner to seek funding from abroad. Photo Creative Commons, taken by David Shankbone.
Jivanka with MBS at the Murabba Palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, May 2017. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

I was never so sure. This book proves that I was right to doubt Ivanka. It was a depressing read. Of course I was not surprised to learn that Jared Kushner used his position as “senior adviser” to his father-in-law Trump to cut deals with the Saudis and make a fine commission for himself. After all, his family has been involved in corrupt deals for decades, so it was not a gasp of surprise to learn that he solved the 666 Fifth Avenue problem for his family with Saudi money. But, as I suspected, Ivanka was deep into this money laundering herself. She turns out to be a charming, highly intelligent, blond beauty of a surface covering up all sorts of murk and dirt.

If you want to know why we should NEVER have family members become “senior advisers,” why elected officials despite all their flaws are so much preferable to oligarchies, read this book. It is excellent. Five stars.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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