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Friday, April 03, 2020

The Trump administration changed the Strategic National Stockpile website's description of the program yesterday after White House adviser Jared Kushner falsely claimed that the medical-supply stockpile is not meant to be used to help states.

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After Jared Kushner's comment about how the Strategic National Stockpile is not supposed to be for states, lots of people pointed to the fact that its own website says it is.

The language on the website has now been changed.

My screenshot from last night vs. one from today: pic.twitter.com/UwJFAr7uoV

--- Daniel Dale (@ddale8) April 3, 2020


Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law, claimed in a news conference Thursday that "the notion of the federal stockpile was it's supposed to be our stockpile, it's not supposed to be state stockpiles that they then use." Kushner made the remark while discussing ventilators and masks. (See transcript.)...


It seems like Amateur Hour in the White House.

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-04-03 03:48 PM | Reply

Wonder Boy Jared to the Rescue? It is Amateur Hour in the White House.

#WhenNepotismKills

#2 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-04-03 04:22 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Remember, it's not a lie if you... bully them to change the policy afterwards.

#3 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2020-04-03 04:27 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It's literally a dictatorship.

Soon to be a monarchy.

#4 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-04-03 04:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#WhenNepotismKills:

Ana Navarro-Cardenas @ananavarro

Those outraged Hunter Biden got a a board appointment b/c of his last name, should be screaming now. A guy who's only crisis management experience is dealing w/his daddy's prison term, and got his job b/c of his wife's last name, is running response our lives literally depend on.

#5 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-04-03 04:57 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

What's the worst that could happen?

I'm sure this guy has seen medical dramas on the television.

That makes him qualified.

#6 | Posted by LostAngeles at 2020-04-03 05:01 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

It's like these people can't fathom the notion that this stuff stays in the public domain for people to see forever. You can't hide anything anymore. Do they think that people will not figure out what happened, or do they just not care? Has the level of hubris reached the point in the Trump White House where they think that they're somehow immune to how history will portray them?

OCU

#7 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-04-03 05:09 PM | Reply

"the notion of the federal stockpile was it's supposed to be our stockpile, it's not supposed to be state stockpiles that they then use." -Kushner

So, who the frack is "ours"?

#8 | Posted by horstngraben at 2020-04-03 05:24 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 2

So, who the frack is "ours"?

#8 | Posted by horstngraben at

Jared, Ivanka, Donald.

#9 | Posted by Zed at 2020-04-03 05:47 PM | Reply

You can probably include a few Mar-a-Lago members as well, to say nothing of a few cabinet members and their families.

OCU

#10 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-04-03 06:09 PM | Reply

I was thinking for distribution in states important to Trump's election. Let 'em get desperate and then swoop in like a hero. Kushner is already on the record as looking at the pandemic through the lens of P.R.

#11 | Posted by horstngraben at 2020-04-03 06:21 PM | Reply

I'm sure this guy has seen medical dramas on the television.
That makes him qualified.
#6 | POSTED BY LOSTANGELES

I concur.

#12 | Posted by 6thPersona at 2020-04-03 07:30 PM | Reply

Not defending Kushner, who appears to be even sleazier than Hunter Biden, but I do think this is relevant:

"The response contains enough for multiple emergencies," former CDC acting director Richard Besser said. "Multiple does not mean 50 states plus territories and, within every state, every locality."

Trump is being a complete dick by the way he's blaming states, because he's thin-skinned man-child, but some of them do have unrealistic expectations that 100% of the federal stockpile would be available to them on demand.

#13 | Posted by sentinel at 2020-04-03 07:49 PM | Reply

some of them do have unrealistic expectations that 100% of the federal stockpile would be available to them on demand.

That's what the stockpile was created for, to be used up to 100% by states that need it during crises they can't possibly expected to be prepared for due to the structural differences between states and the federal government.

The stockpile can and must be replenished, and procurement should have started nearly 3 months ago in anticipation of what was coming with almost 100% certainty due to the unique and explosive factors that his virus has compared to other contagions.

I can't believe that most people cannot readily figure out that no state can afford to stockpile enough resources for a once-every-century unique occurrence with the possibility of affecting every single citizen of each state in a compressed period of time.

That is the federal government's responsibility, one shared by every state's taxpayers who fund both federal and state governments. Trump seems to think that the stockpile belongs to the Executive Branch for their own discretion and he couldn't be more wrong. Each state deserves to have their emergency needs met as warranted so that every American affected has the optimum protections available to them regardless of which state they reside in. And it's the federal government's responsibility to insure the fair and timely distribution of material to those with the most critical and immediate needs once the crisis has moved from theory to actuality.

#14 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-04-03 08:36 PM | Reply

@#14 ... That is the federal government's responsibility, ...

It is one reason why FEMA is at the Federal level, not state level.

Another reason it being at the Federal level is the availability of funds. Put simply, states cannot print money.



#15 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-04-03 08:56 PM | Reply

Republicans would prefer we were still under the Articles of Confederation. They really don't like most of the Constitution.

#16 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2020-04-03 09:05 PM | Reply

Except the 2nd Amendment...

#17 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2020-04-03 09:06 PM | Reply

but some of them do have unrealistic expectations that 100% of the federal stockpile would be available to them on demand.
#13 | POSTED BY SENTINEL

That shouldn't be Kushner's call to make:

In other words, the statute is all about working with the states. After all, the strategic national stockpile is contained in a section of the United States Code which is very clearly titled "Federal-State Cooperation."

Kushner is correct inasmuch that federal officials make the final call on where the supplies go. (Actually, two federal officials have a say: the Secretary of Homeland Security [Chad Wolf] and the Secretary of Health and Human Services [Alex Azar] are both allowed to order deployments.) Neither of those officials is named Jared Kushner.

lawandcrime.com

#18 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-04-03 09:12 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

@#18 ... In other words, the statute is all about working with the states ...

As we have seen, Pres Trump thinks laws are not made for those in his administration to follow.

#19 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-04-03 09:36 PM | Reply

#14, you'll get no disagreement from me that the Trump administration screwed this up and are still sticking their feet in it. These people have been wearing incompetence and corruption on their sleeves and laughing about it. That said, it's just as unrealistic for the federal government to constantly maintain a stockpile for a once-in-a-century occurrences for all 50 states as it is for each state to do it. It would have been irresponsible for them to give 100% of it to New York as Andrew Cuomo wanted them to do. Even while this is going on, they also have obligation to maintain resources in cases other events happen during it, like a catastrophic earthquake, hurricane or god forbid a trrst attack. This is how they should have explained it.

#20 | Posted by sentinel at 2020-04-03 09:45 PM | Reply

Even while this is going on, they also have obligation to maintain resources in cases other events happen during it, like a catastrophic earthquake, hurricane or god forbid a trrst attack. This is how they should have explained it.

#20 | POSTED BY SENTINEL AT 2020-04-03 09:45 PM | FLAG:

Well, considering that we're knee deep in the biggest catastrophe in American history, outside of possibly the Civil War, I think now is not the time to hold back. So in other words, there is no good explanation.

#21 | Posted by cbob at 2020-04-03 10:06 PM | Reply

One reason to sit on supplies is knowing in three weeks time they will be sorely needed in seing states. Which they will.

#22 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-04-03 10:13 PM | Reply

It would have been irresponsible for them to give 100% of it to New York as Andrew Cuomo wanted them to do.

I didn't know that you had a specific item in mind when you used the 100% metric. To a point, I agree, but I believe you are missing something. First, New York shouldn't need 100% of the stockpile unless the stockpile wasn't large enough to begin with or that it isn't being resupplied consistently like it should be during a time of maximum crisis. And second, New York should get every thing it needs in its time of maximum need because once the crisis ebbs in New York, the ventilators can be transported wherever they're needed next and so on and so on. Since America did not have stay-at-home orders instituted simultaneously, waves of need will vary across the states making such contingencies possible.

Right now, New York, one of our most populous states, is approaching its apex of need. Unless the stockpile will be immediately put to active use elsewhere, how can you tell taxpaying New Yorkers that they shouldn't receive needed care so that other states can be prepared later on? And as a matter of tax revenue, New Yorkers supply the federal government with more tax dollars than every other state except California. Of course, they've earned the right to have everything they need. I don't particularly like that metric, but for this example it points to the hypocrisy of saying NY is using too much in federal resources when they have the 2nd most skin in the game.

If the immediate need exists, then the supplies should go where that need is most critical regardless if that happens to be one state at any point in time. The government should always be resupplying and redirecting the existing assets as needs change from place to place.

#23 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-04-03 10:32 PM | Reply

The Trump White House is now claiming that they decided to update the wording of the Strategic National Stockpile website's description of the program for some time now but that it just took them this long to actually do it. That it was just a coincidence that the changes were NOT made until AFTER Jared had clarified exactly WHO the stockpile for intended for. I guess that means that they've been planning to cut-off the states for a while now, just that Jared appears to have let the cat-of-the-bag a bit early.

OCU

#24 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-04-03 10:42 PM | Reply

Where is all the bullschitt about Hunter Biden NOW?

#25 | Posted by e1g1 at 2020-04-04 12:29 AM | Reply

"the notion of the federal stockpile was it's supposed to be our stockpile, it's not supposed to be state stockpiles that they then use." -Kushner
So, who the frack is "ours"?
#8 | POSTED BY HORSTNGRABEN AT 2020-04-03 05:24 PM | REPLY | FLAG

Such a nasty question.

#26 | Posted by e1g1 at 2020-04-04 12:31 AM | Reply

OK - I am SO sorry, folks, but this really has to be read to be believed. So I'm posting just a section of the transcript from yesterday's press conference's Q&A - because of E1G1's post - which should have been just snark in a normal world. Here it goes:

Q President Trump, thank you. Yesterday, Jared Kushner said the notion of the federal stockpile was, it's supposed to be "our" stockpile. It's not supposed to be state stockpiles that they then use. What did he mean by "our"? And "

THE PRESIDENT: Well, why don't you ask him?

Q And even the fact that taxpayers from every state pays for it "

THE PRESIDENT: What's that? A "gotcha"? "I gotcha." You used the word "our."

Q No, it's not a "gotcha." What did he mean by it?

THE PRESIDENT: "Our" " you know, what "our" means? United States of America. That's what it means. It means "

Q So it means the states?

THE PRESIDENT: Our. Our. It means the United States of America. And then we take that "our" and we distribute it to the states.

Q So why did he say it's not supposed "

THE PRESIDENT: Not that we have to "

Q " to be state stockpiles that they then can use?

THE PRESIDENT: Because we need it for the government and we need it for the federal government.

Q To give to the states.

THE PRESIDENT: But when the states are in trouble " no, to also keep "

Q Then who are you giving to if it's not to the states?

THE PRESIDENT: To keep " to keep for our country, because the federal government needs it too, not just the states. But out of that, we oftentimes choose " as an example, we have almost 10,000 ventilators and we are ready to rock with those ventilators. We're going to bring them to various areas of the country that need them. But when he says "our," he's talking about our country. He's talking "

Q But he makes the distinction.

THE PRESIDENT: Excuse me.

Q And, sir "

THE PRESIDENT: He's talking about the federal government. I mean, it's such a basic, simple question, and you try and make it sound so bad.

Q It's not bad. I'm just trying to "

THE PRESIDENT: You ought to be " you ought to be ashamed of yourself.

Q " understand. No " by the way, Secretary Azar "

THE PRESIDENT: You know what? You ought to be ashamed. It's such a simple question. He said "our." And "our" means for the country and "our" means for the states "

Q But then he said it's not supposed to be state stockpiles.

THE PRESIDENT: " because the states are part of the country. Don't make it sound bad. Don't make it sound bad.

Go ahead, Steve. Go ahead, back here.

Q But, Mr. President, the HHS even changed the language on the website.

THE PRESIDENT: You just asked your question. You just asked your question in a very nasty tone.

(and it goes on...)

www.whitehouse.gov

#27 | Posted by YAV at 2020-04-04 08:47 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

So sad...starting to miss #37, at least there was the creation of the EPA. And #38 through #44, the worst of them was far better than the s$1t show we have now.

#28 | Posted by Ilya_Koslov at 2020-04-04 10:18 PM | Reply

Yes I'm saying the Nixon administration was a lot better than the Trump administration. I'm no fan of Nixon, FYI.

#29 | Posted by Ilya_Koslov at 2020-04-04 10:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

This controversy proves how essential it is that we investigate how Hunter Biden got his job.

#32 | Posted by anton at 2020-04-05 08:16 AM | Reply

#32 - LOL! Thanks Anton, I needed that. :)

#33 | Posted by YAV at 2020-04-05 09:10 AM | Reply

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