Friday, 3 April 2020

Jared Kushner falls flat in coronavirus debut by claiming national stockpile is ‘ours’ -- not for states

White House adviser Jared Kushner listens as President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus.
White House adviser Jared Kushner listens as President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus.

Jared Kushner just gave America a taste of why #nepotism is trending on Twitter.
The presidential son-in-law stumbled badly in his debut appearance at the daily White House coronavirus press conference, suggesting that the national medical supply stockpile is “ours” -- and not for the hard-pressed states.
“The federal stockpile (is) supposed to be our stockpile,” Kushner said Thursday evening. “It’s not supposed to be state stockpiles that they then use.”
Kushner, who is married to President Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, also suggested some governors are exaggerating their need for life-saving equipment like ventilators.
“Some governors ... don’t know what’s in their state,” he said. "You have to be able to show that there’s a real need.”

The 39-year-old wunderkind has been tapped by Trump to lead a task force handling the supply chain for medical equipment during the pandemic.
Critics say his position as a close relative of Trump has caused confusion within the federal bureaucracy over whether to take orders from Kushner or the official coronavirus task force led by Vice President Mike Pence.
Kushner struck a tone-deaf note by saying that some governors are “better managers than others,” even though he himself has no experience in managing complex supply chains. Many point out that he has chalked up few achievements in his three years as Trump’s go-to point man for everything from Middle East peace to the opioid epidemic.

The nose-in-the-air scion of his family’s sprawling New York real estate empire has reportedly suggested that does not trust Gov. Cuomo’s estimate that New York will need 30,000 ventilators at the peak of the crisis.

“I’m doing my own projections, and I’ve gotten a lot smarter about this,” Kushner told pals, according to a report in Vanity Fair magazine. "New York doesn’t need all the ventilators.”

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