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Wednesday, May 06, 2020

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.

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When nepotism kills:

A volunteer on Kushner's coronavirus response effort was so worried by what they saw that they filed a complaint w House Oversight. The complaint, obtained by The Washington Post, was submitted by a volunteer who has since left the group and who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of retribution from the administration. Key elements of the complaint were confirmed by six administration officials and one outside adviser to the effort, many of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-05-05 09:37 PM | Reply

"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"

STFU, Jared:

Kushner challenges Michigan governor's claim about state's coronavirus testing capability

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner on Sunday challenged an earlier assertion from Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer that her state is having difficulty obtaining supplies needed to conduct crucial coronavirus tests.

www.cnn.com

#2 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-05-05 10:14 PM | Reply

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner...

...probably, like the rest of the "Family", wishes donald's Ego-based accidental presidency had never happened.

Those bright lights are nasty. I'm sure all of them are extremely miserable.

Yo Jared! Got that Mid-East peace plan locked up yet? Flight Risk got that bullying thing fixed?

No news @ 11.

#3 | Posted by REDIAL at 2020-05-05 10:27 PM | Reply

Jared Kushner definitely has a Patrick Bateman vibe about him.

#4 | Posted by truthhurts at 2020-05-05 10:34 PM | Reply

Jared Kushner definitely has a Patrick Bateman vibe about him.

I get it. Except Patrick Bateman was successful and intelligent. Kushner is just a poser.

#5 | Posted by horstngraben at 2020-05-05 11:01 PM | Reply

Kushner challenges Michigan governor's claim about state's coronavirus testing capability

This isn't about COVID19.

This is about winning in November.

Trump needs Michigan. He needs his supporters to be rabid and amped up enough to show up to vote in force fully armed and intimidating anyone who isn't as crazy as they are.

#6 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-05-05 11:36 PM | Reply

'Meeeeeh...the private sector can do it. Smmmeeeeeeehhhhh!!'

#7 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-05-06 12:23 AM | Reply

No words that are fit to print:

The NY Times reports on the story:

Nick Confessore @nickconfessore

NEW: A pushy Pennsylvania dentist. A former Apprentice star. A bogus deal for New York ventilators. And a dozen young, overwhelmed volunteers from Wall Street.

Inside a chaotic--and possibly fruitless--Trumpworld quest for medical supplies.

www.nytimes.com

#8 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-05-06 08:13 AM | Reply

Kushner a week ago:

During an interview on Fox News on Wednesday morning, Kushner said, "I think that we've achieved all the different milestones that are needed. So the government, federal government, rose to the challenge and this is a great success story. I think that's really what needs to be told."

He also claimed that by June "a lot of the country should be back to normal," and that by July, "the country's really rocking again"

www.usatoday.com

Sure, Jared:

Greg Miller @gregpmiller

Amazing details in this Kushner scoop:
- his team followed leads from "Fox&Friends" on where to find PPE.
- took 30% of national stockpile for drive-through testing site plan that failed.
- had no experience in health care, procurement, supply chain etc.

#9 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-05-06 08:20 AM | Reply

... with little expertise in the tasks they were assigned ...

Can't that be said of many people within the Trump administration?

People seem to be hired with loyalty to Pres Trump as the main criterion, and not for the knowledge and experience the position requires.

#10 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-05-06 11:47 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

How could putting Jared "Fratsputin" Kushner in charge of a critical program go wrong? He will only hire people like himself, so there's that.

#11 | Posted by john47 at 2020-05-06 12:36 PM | Reply

Please, we have got to get rid of the Trump crime family in November:

Jared Kushner Task Force Mocked as "the Children" in FEMA Headquarters

Inside the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Kushner doesn't inspire anywhere near the confidence Trump seems to have in him"in fact, his task force is derisively labelled "the children" since they seem to have no idea what they're doing and are more focused on tapping personal contacts than making effective decisions. Kushner appears convinced that the best way to meet a fast-moving pandemic is to take a page from tech start-up culture: he's bent on disrupting federal emergency management policy, a move that governors and public health official tell NBC News has turned the response effort into chaos and a slowdown. "Jared and his friends decided they were going to do their thing," one senior government official involved in the response said. "It cost weeks."

Kushner's task force operates largely in the dark, releasing little information and facing no accountability or official scrutiny for any of its decisions. Typically, FEMA would use its regional offices to tap smaller local vendors for emergency supplies. Under Kushner's leadership, his task force has scrapped all of that, preferring to contract with massive corporations.


www.gq.com

#12 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-05-06 01:19 PM | Reply

Also, I fear Kushner's corruption on behalf of his father-in-law's administration is moving into a new cover-up phase (emphasis mine):

State health department tells university COVID-19 modeling team to stop work, limits data access

The Arizona Department of Health Services told a team of university experts working on COVID-19 modeling to "pause" its work, an email from a department leader shows.

The modeling team of about two dozen professors at Arizona State University and the University of Arizona was compiling the most robust public model in Arizona of COVID-19.

The state is instead relying on a model from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. This model has not been released to the public.

The universities' model had shown that reopening at the end of May was the only scenario that didn't dramatically increase cases.


www.azcentral.com

#13 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-05-06 01:40 PM | Reply

"Jared and his friends decided they were going to do their thing,"

Never let a crisis go to waste.

Might as well create some new crises while you're at it.

#14 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-05-06 01:41 PM | Reply

Sure, why not?:

Kushner's Screwed Up His COVID Jobs"Now He's Got an Even Bigger One

Operation Warp Speed is certainly ambitious. But Trump's own advisers say it's overly so, even with his son-in-law involved.

Already under fire for his role atop a shadow task force aiding the administration's response to the coronavirus, senior White House aide Jared Kushner is now being handed another critical job: helping get a vaccine for the disease developed in record time.

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.


www.thedailybeast.com

ETTD, which looks like it could now literally becoming true.

#15 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-05-06 02:01 PM | Reply

Quite the headline from WaPo, seemingly divorcing Kushner from the decision to staff this effort with unqualified rubes in the first place.

#16 | Posted by JOE at 2020-05-06 02:28 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Might as well create some new crises while you're at it.

#14 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

Creating new a crisis to deflect from the old crisis they created to deflect from the last crisis is The Plan.

#17 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-05-06 02:32 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Kremlin Ken continues to fail upwards. Simply amazing! He has failed at EVERYTHING he has attempted in government, except of course enriching himself and his father-in-law. Who could have predicted that a bunch of entitled douches with no medical knowledge, no experience in procurement or supply chains, no contacts with the suppliers or the hospitals would be a miserable failure at a time when we NEEDED THEM TO SUCCEED! So then Kremlin Ken goes to the cameras and declares his efforts a success. He has seen Dotard do it, Pompeo do it, Pence do it, so he does it, this entire regime lies with zero conscience.

#18 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2020-05-06 02:53 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Operation Warp Speed is certainly ambitious. But Trump's own advisers say it's overly so, even with his son-in-law involved."

It is also utter nonsense. It takes time to develope vaccines and with a mutating virus it becomes impossible. "Operation Warp Speed" is just nonsensical words designed to placate a frightened population. Jared Kushner being in charge just adds to the foolishness of the entire thing.

#19 | Posted by danni at 2020-05-07 09:09 AM | Reply

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