Columnist says Jared Kushner told her how to get back into Trump’s ‘good graces’

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd told the Australian Financial Review that President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Republican threatens to push for Rosenstein impeachment unless he testifies Judge suggests Trump’s tweet about Stormy Daniels was ‘hyperbole’ not defamation Rosenstein faces Trump showdown MORE’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerHouse panel signals Russia probe document dump before midterms Mueller investigating Russian payments made by Trump Tower meeting organizers: report The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh confirmation in sudden turmoil MORE, suggested she could write flattering columns and tweets in order to regain favor with President Trump

"I think you could get back in his good graces with a nice column and two nice tweets or two nice columns and a tweet," Kushner reportedly told Dowd.


The suggestion came after Dowd called Trump a hypocrite during his 2016 campaign for criticizing former President Clinton’s marital infidelities and also reportedly asked him if he'd ever been involved with someone who had an abortion. Trump later that year called her a "neurotic dope."

"That's not going to happen," Dowd says she told Kushner. The conversation happened sometime after Trump became president, she told the paper.

Dowd, who has covered and been critical of multiple presidents, has not held back with Trump in office. 

"As great as the White House reporters are, if you put a nanny cam on Trump for two weeks and left him alone you would end up at the same place because he is so intent on self-destruction," she told the publication. 

Trump frequently appears on programs that are friendly to him, such as Fox’s “Fox & Friends,” and has an antagonistic relationship with the press, blasting media outlets in general as well as individual journalists for stories he calls "fake."

“The failing New York Times and the Amazon Washington Post do nothing but write bad stories even on very positive achievements - and they will never change!” Trump tweeted in July.