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Vicky Ward says 'you can not underestimate the dangers' of Ivanka Trump, Kushner



"I think you can not underestimate the dangers of these two," Vicky Ward, the author of "Kushner, Inc.," told CNN's John Berman Wednesday during an interview on "New Day." "And I think that actually (President Donald Trump) knows that."

Asked why she believes they're dangerous, Ward pointed to Kushner's heavy involvement in the foreign policy administration, including efforts to broker a peace agreement in Middle East.

"Instead of solving Middle East peace, Jared almost put us into a war in the region," she said, as she described how he essentially took over the State Department from then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. also raised Kushner's take on many international relations when Tillerson was secretary of state, which she details in her book, and Kushner's relationship with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, also known as MBS.

"His complete control of the relationship with MBS in Saudi Arabia meant that he had kind of got played by MBS," Ward said, adding that Saudi Arabia "made a mockery" of the US in 201
7 by cutting off diplomatic ties with Qatar
Ward reports in her book that Tillerson blames Kushner for Trump's initial support of the Saudi's blockade, despite the US maintaining a military airbase on Qatar

"That's our security on the line, "Ward said. "That was when Rex Tillerson and Jim Mattis, the defense secretary who had no idea about any of this, thought Jared went from being a really annoying obstacle and being a dangerous one."

CNN has reached out to both Tillerson

A spokesman for Kushner's attorney Abbe Lowell and the White House have both pushed back against the claims made in Ward's book

Peter Mirijanian, a spokesperson for Lowell, previously told CNN that "every point that Ms. Ward mentioned in what she called her 'fact checking stage' was completely false. "She seems to have written a book of fiction rather than any serious attempt to get the facts. 19659002] The White House also took aim at the book last week.

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] "It's sad, but not surprising, the media would spend time promoting a book based on shady anonymous sources and false information instead of all the incredible work Jared and Ivanka are doing for the country," White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said last week . "

Ward told CNN that Ivanka Trump and Kushner are" absolutely not what they are seem "in pushing back against the view that they are moderating influences in the White House. She also argued that Ivanka Trump's expansion of the child care tax credit "smacks of self-interest."

"It fits with her personal brand," Ward told CNN. "She still had not sold her fashion line at the time of – that child tax credit that went to Congress, but, meanwhile, her own fashion brand was employing these awful labor practices. "

In the book, Ward writes that President Trump actually asked his then-chief of staff John Kelly to send Jared and Ivanka home.

"He felt, he understood that they were a liability to him." He said, adding that Kelly made life miserable for them in the White House and that it had gotten to a point where the couple were ready to leave. Efforts by CNN to reach Kelly were not immediately successful Wednesday

"It was a trump who could not pull the trigger, and I think his supporters believed he needed to fire them to save his presidency," Ward said

CNN's Devan Cole has contributed to this report


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