In a sign of more Trumpworld infighting, Peter Navarro called Jared Kushner 'the Rasputin son-in-law' and one of the 'worst' Trump staffers

Jared Kushner standing behind Donald Trump during a press conference at the White House
Several former White House aides have likened Jared Kushner, a former senior advisor, to Grigori Rasputin.Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
  • Peter Navarro went after Jared Kushner, Donald Trump's son-in-law, on a podcast this week.

  • Navarro dubbed Kushner "the Rasputin son-in-law" and said he was one of the "worst" Trump aides.

  • In August, Navarro accused Kushner of faking cancer to sell copies of his memoir.

Peter Navarro, a former White House advisor, this week went after Jared Kushner, former President Donald Trump's son-in-law, suggesting a schism in Trumpworld is growing.

Speaking on the podcast "The Stew Peters Show" on Tuesday, Navarro described Kushner as one of the "worst" aides to Trump.

"If Steve Mnuchin, the treasury secretary, and Jared Kushner, the Rasputin son-in-law, had never, ever darkened the door of the White House, I believe that Trump would still be in the Oval Office," Navarro said.

Navarro called Kushner and Mnuchin "bad personnel" who "not only created bad policy" but created "bad politics."

Representatives for Kushner did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider.

It wasn't the first time Kushner had been likened to Grigori Rasputin, an influential Russian political figure who held significant influence over the country's last czar, Nicholas II, and his family. Stephanie Grisham, a former White House press secretary, dubbed Kushner "Rasputin in a slim-fitting suit" in her book, "I'll Take Your Questions Now," released last October.

Navarro had also attacked Kushner in August, claiming, without evidence, that Kushner had faked a cancer diagnosis to sell his memoir, "Breaking History: A White House Memoir." In it, Kushner said he had been treated for thyroid cancer while working in the Trump administration.

"That thyroid thing, that came out of nowhere," Navarro said in an interview with Newsmax that was shared by Mediaite. "I saw the guy every day. There's no sign that he was in any pain or danger or whatever. I think it's just sympathy to try to sell his book now."

Trump and Kushner, who was one of Trump's top advisors, still appear to have a largely positive relationship.

But Kushner suggested in August that he would be unlikely to join a new Trump administration, saying he was "enjoying the private sector" too much. In his memoir, Kushner said that he was ready to leave the White House toward the end of Trump's presidency and that he had told his wife, Ivanka Trump, that they could get their lives back after "a wild five years."

Navarro, who has been accused of defying the House committee investigating the Capitol riot, is set to stand trial in November on charges of contempt of Congress.

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