The Washington Post recently reported that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, is heading up a “shadow” coronavirus task force and causing chaos and confusion in the White House.
According to the report, Kushner has gathered a team of allies from both the political arena and private-sector realm and supposed to be helping improve the country’s healthcare, particularly in the creation of new drive-thru testing sites.
Vice President reportedly assigned Kushner to these efforts after he was appointed to lead the official White House coronavirus task force. A spokeswoman for Pence said the two were “closely collaborating” and talking “10 times a day.”
Two unnamed senior officials told The Post a different story, however, citing confusion about who is in charge and what the roles of each were. They also expressed concern about whether r not they were following government security protocols.
One unnamed official referred to the private sector employees that were sending emails from private addresses regarding government business, said, “We don’t know who these people are. Who is this? We’re all getting these emails.”
The officials also stated that Kushner’s status as close member of Trump’s family also made it difficult to determine if communications from him should be considered orders or requests.
The Post’s report is one of many regarding Kushner’s role in this crisis and his part in several missteps by President Trump.
The New York Times recently reported that Kushner was one of the people from the very beginning of the outbreak who was telling Trump it was being blown out of proportion by the media. Trump would later use that exact rhetoric when addressing the public.
Kushner was also crucial to Trump’s decision to suddenly announce a European travel ban, which completely came as a surprise to European nations and led the White House to walk back several of his claims and statements.
Kushner is also behinds Trump’s premature announcement that Google had developed a national testing website and was ready to launch it when in reality, it is just in the initial developmental phase.
And, as if that’s not enough to know that Kushner is borderline incompetent, it was recently revealed that Kurt Kloss, a doctor who is the father of Kushner’s sister-in-law, was using Facebook to crowdsource COVID-19 responses at the request of Kushner. whose daughter is married to Kushner’s brother, was crowd-sourcing coronavirus response suggestions from fellow doctors on Facebook at Kushner’s request.
Kushner’s behavior and role in this have led critics to say this is exactly the type of problem we should have expected when Trump started appointing members of his family to important posts in his administration. We now have someone with zero expertise in this field leading decisions for one of the most serious public health crisis the US has ever faced.
Kushner said to The Post, “We’re getting things done in record speeds and are doing everything possible to avoid damage and mitigate the negative impacts… In America, some of our best resources are in our private sector.”
Kushner also said he hoped to “establish a faster decision cadence, so we can empower them [government officials] to isolate the problems, agree on the proposed solutions and then empower the proper government department to move quickly.”