New Details About Jared Kushner’s Refusal to Help Stop COVID-19: ‘Free Markets Will Solve This’
President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and White House advisor Jared Kusher reportedly didn’t want the federal government to help stop the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kushner had formed a “shadow task force” that ran parallel to the official task force led by Vice President Mike Pence.
On March 20, corporations met with Pence’s task force, but could not move ahead until they met with Kushner.
They reportedly pledged to produce PPE equipment if the federal government promised to buy, and they wanted Trump to use the Defense Production Act to make that happen quickly.
One meeting attendee told Vanity Fair that Kushner opposed government leadership to battle COVID-19:
We were all saying, “Mr. Kushner, if you want to fix this problem for PPE and ventilators, there’s a path to do it, but you have to make a policy change.”
It felt like Kushner was the president. He sat in the chair and he was clearly making the decisions.
One attendee reportedly told Kushner that Americans were bidding against each other for the limited supply of PPE, and that businesses were looking for leadership from the federal government, but Kushner wasn’t having it:
Free markets will solve this. That is not the role of government.