Presidential Adviser Jared Kushner
Jared Kushner has been leading the president’s chorus of misleading claims.
In April, he caused an uproar when he called the administration’s response to the pandemic a “great success story.”
On that day, the nation’s official death toll surpassed 60,000 and has skyrocketed since then with no end in sight.
It’s now predicted to eclipse 500,000 deaths before summer.
Yet Kushner proclaimed: “We’re on the other side of the medical aspect of this, and I think that we’ve achieved all the different milestones that are needed,” he told Fox News.
He also predicted the country would be “rocking” again by July 2020.
Kushner’s coronavirus response team has been like the Keystone Kops because of its inexperienced volunteer staff.
The president’s son-in-law produced a plan for an aggressive, coordinated national COVID-19 response that was summarily shelved by the White House in favor of a “shambolic 50-state response,” according to Vanity Fair.
The White House’s failure to coordinate federal response to get personal protective equipment where it’s needed, resulting in needless deaths, can be laid directly at his feet.
The irony is that, after assembling the team that came up with an aggressive and ambitious national testing plan, Kushner then appears to have decided, for reasons that remain murky, to scrap its proposal,” according to an expose by Vanity Fair magazine.
It’s largely because of him that governors and mayors were forced to scramble for resources to fight the epidemic, in some cases bidding against each other for vital equipment like masks, ventilators and other personal protection equipment.
In one brazen statement of contempt, Kushner declared at one meeting: “The federal government is not going to lead this response. It’s up to the states to figure out what they want to do.”
“Free markets will solve this,” Kushner declared. “That is not the role of government.”
In April, as the first wave was gaining momentum Kushner openly disputed health experts on the need for more testing.
“I’m very confident that we have all the testing we need to start opening the country,” Kushner told Fox News. He even claimed governors had excess testing capacity.