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 TrumpCDC updates website to remove dosage guidance on drug touted by Trump Trump says he'd like economy to reopen 'with a big bang' but acknowledges it may be limited Graham backs Trump, vows no money for WHO in next funding bill MORE’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerTrump shakes up WH communications team CNN's Jake Tapper takes aim at Trump over coronavirus response: Do you have a plan? Private equity firm with ties to Kushner asks Trump administration to relax rules on loan program: report 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.