Trump Promotes Kushner To Vaccines After He Fumbled Coronavirus Supply Shortage
May 6, 2020
Instead of putting experts in charge of developing a vaccine, Trump is once again turning to his son-in-law Jared Kushner, who is already under fire for fumbling the White House’s coronavirus response that led to mass supply shortages.
Trump is handing his son-in-law the responsibility of helping to develop a coronavirus vaccine by the end of year. That could be a problem.
The Daily Beast: “President Donald Trump, who has said he believes a COVID-19 vaccine will be available by the end of the year, is turning to his son-in-law to help streamline the effort, branded, ‘Operation Warp Speed.’ Kushner is working alongside White House senior adviser Peter Navarro, who pitched the operation via memo to the president’s coronavirus task force as early as this February.”
Kushner spearheaded Trump’s coronavirus response and relied on inexperienced volunteers, which exacerbated problems obtaining supplies.
Washington Post: “The coronavirus response being spearheaded by President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has relied in part on volunteers from consulting and private equity firms with little expertise in the tasks they were assigned, exacerbating chronic problems in obtaining supplies for hospitals and other needs, according to numerous government officials and a volunteer involved in the effort.”
Kushner instructed his volunteer force to prioritize leads on supplies from Trump’s allies, which often didn’t pan out.
New York Times: “The volunteers were told to prioritize tips from political allies and associates of President Trump, tracked on a spreadsheet called ‘V.I.P. Update,’ according to documents and emails obtained by The New York Times.”
Washington Post: “Supply-chain volunteers were instructed to fast-track protective equipment leads from ‘VIPs,’ including conservative journalists friendly to the White House, according to the complaint and one senior administration official.”