If you ask Donald Trump he’ll tell you that the country’s failed response to the coronavirus pandemic is not his fault. But new tapes of Jared Kushner’s interview with Bob Woodward, obtained by CNN say otherwise.
Kushner bragged about Trump sidelining public health experts when making decisions about the coronavirus pandemic. He told Woodward that Trump was “getting the country back from the doctors” and that he was the one in charge making it clear that whatever happen or did not happen is entirely Donald Trump’s fault.
“The last thing was kind of doing the guidelines, which was interesting,” Kushner told Woodward in April. “And that in my mind was almost like – you know, it was almost like Trump getting the country back from the doctors. Right? In the sense that what he now did was, you know, he’s going to own the open-up.”
Kushner continued: “There were three phases. There’s the panic phase, the pain phase and then the comeback phase. I do believe that last night symbolized kind of the beginning of the comeback phase. That doesn’t mean there’s not still a lot of pain and there won’t be pain for a while, but that basically was, we’ve now put out rules to get back to work. Trump’s now back in charge. It’s not the doctors. They’ve kind of – we have, like, a negotiated settlement.”
Kushner said taking the country back from the doctors was a “negotiated settlement” making it appear as if doctors were the enemy at war with the Trump administration instead of seeing them as allies in the fight against the coronavirus.
Donald Trump’s son-in-law comments are more damning since the country is seeing a resurgence of the coronavirus. It’s also politically inconvenient to Trump since he would like to talk about literally anything else other than the coronavirus pandemic six days before the election.