Jared Kushner, who is President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, has drawn criticism after an audio clip from April surfaced in which he said that Trump was taking the U.S. "back from the doctors."
CNN reports that Kushner spoke with journalist Bob Woodward on April 18, speaking about how the coronavirus pandemic was unfolding at the time. The comments arrived as over 40,000 Americans had already died due to COVID-19 complications. He said Trump was "getting the country back" as part of a "negotiated settlement," boasting how the country is moving away from the advice of experts. He suggested that the country was going through a "panic phase" and "pain phase" of the pandemic at the time, and that the "comeback phase" was on the horizon. As cases continue to rise across the world, it's clear he missed the mark.
New audio of conversations between Jared Kushner and Bob Woodward reveal plans to keep the President - not doctors - in charge of the Covid-19 national response.
"It just underscores the Trump-Kushner political strategy. They had one concern: Election Day," says @JamieGangel. pic.twitter.com/zfNNTSMibE
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) October 28, 2020
"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," Kusner said. "Trump's now back in charge. It's not the doctors. They’ve kind of – we have, like, a negotiated settlement." The audio was published by CNN on Wednesday, and the interview was originally conducted in April for Woodward's book Rage. He had a follow-up interview with Kushner the following month, in which they spoke about the President's relationship with public health advisers.
Kushner explained that getting the country to open "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."
The interviews also saw him refer to the Republican Party "a collection of a bunch of tribes," and described the GOP's platform as "a document meant to, like, piss people off, basically." He went on to allege that Trump has essentially conducted a "full hostile takeover" of the party, and that the "most dangerous people around the President are over-confident idiots." He went on to praise Trump, and said that he had since replaced these individuals with "more thoughtful people who kind of know their place."
See reactions to Kushner's dismissive comments below.
I'll say it again: when this nightmare is over, we need trials for crimes against humanity, and Jared Kushner is one who needs to answer for his actions.https://t.co/7x6ecQxGFB
— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) October 28, 2020
Oh boy. Bob Woodward has dropped new video of Jared Kushner ballyhooing trump's "hostile takeover" of the Republican party, and a plan to put responsibility for curtailing Coronavirus on governors, with trump taking credit for any successes. The tapes are damning. Very strategic.
— Mae B Someday Soon (@mspoint1106) October 28, 2020
New from CNN: Jared Kushner bragged in April that Trump was taking the country 'back from the doctors'
This is one of the most disturbing things I’ve ever heard in my entire life. Criminals like Kushner have no place in our government. They belong behind bars. Vote for Biden.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) October 28, 2020
Fortunate Son-In-Law Jared Kushner looks back upon the deaths he has caused, and smiles. pic.twitter.com/FrFn363xUX
— DPRK News Service (@DPRK_News) October 28, 2020
Jared Kushner would be nothing more than a junior manager at a men's store in Jersey if his last name wasn't Kushner and if he wasn't married to Ivanka.
He's the embodiment of an unqualified nepotism hire with an unwarranted ego and self-confidence.
— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) October 28, 2020
We were reminded today that Jared Kushner told Bob Woodward that Trump was taking decisions about the virus away from the doctors regarding reopening. They ignored the steps that Fauci & others put together for reopening & just pushed forward.
— Michael Ross Chernick (@mchernick13) October 28, 2020
Strictly for its medical and therapeutic value Jared Kushner needs to be kicked hard in the head by a trained professional. pic.twitter.com/lDqxiXoJ0R
— Adam McKay (@GhostPanther) October 28, 2020
A hostile takeover??
So according to Jared Kushner they had done a hostile takeover of the Republican party?
Some of us knew that already but to hear it from Jared that they planned it. Think about what the Republicans are thinking about that!
I bet their blood is boiling.
— DaRenda (@DaRenda18) October 28, 2020
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