In a taped interview on April 18, Kushner told legendary reporter Bob Woodward that Trump “reclaimed the country from the doctor” in what he called a “negotiated solution.” Kushner also announced that the United States is rapidly passing the “panic phase” and “painful phase” of the pandemic, and that the United States is at the “starting stage of a comeback.”
Kushner said: “This doesn’t mean that there will be no pain, and there will be no pain for a while, but basically, we have now established the rules for resuming work.” “Trump is now back in power. No. Not a doctor.”
The statement reflects a political strategy. Trump and Kushner did not follow the advice of health experts, instead focusing on helping the president on election day. According to their calculations, Trump will be the “open president.”
Kushner also disdains party politics, calling the Republican Party “a collection of tribes” and describing the Republican platform as “a document that is basically designed to make people angry.” Kushner also told Woodward that when Trump made a “full hostile takeover” of the Republican Party, he became the presidential candidate.
He also told Woodward that “the most dangerous people around the president are overconfident idiots” and Trump has replaced them with “more thoughtful people who know where they are.”
Kushner’s comments on the government’s response to the pandemic emphasized that Trump and Kushner have minimized the extent of the public health crisis, even if the crisis broke out last spring.
At that time, in the United States, the average daily incidence of positive cases was about 30,000. On April 15, three days before Kushner’s interview, the number of deaths from Covid-19 reached the highest ever recorded, exceeding 2,600 per day. Moreover, hospitalization for the virus reached its first peak, reaching almost 60,000 in a few days in April. During this period, New York still bears the brunt of the virus, and the deadly surge has not yet swept the entire South and Midwest.
Kushner’s comments reflect what many health experts say is at the core of the government’s flawed approach to the pandemic-premature push to reopen the country and sideline medical staff, leading to a new wave of infections in the summer and A record number of cases were created this fall.
“It’s like Trump taking back the country from the doctor. Right?” Kushner told Woodward on April 18. “In a sense, all he has to do now is that he will have this pioneer.”
The increase in cases followed the increase in the number of deaths from the coronavirus.
This month, 11 states reported the highest number of new deaths since the pandemic began. Although researchers are working hard to develop a vaccine, it will take several months before the vaccine is widely used, and health experts warn the public that the virus needs to be taken seriously.
CNN medical analyst Dr. Jonathan Reiner said on Tuesday: “If we continue our current behavior, by the time we start to go down the other side of the curve, half a million people will be killed.”
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, since the beginning of October, at least a record one day of new cases have been reported in 29 states.
Become the “cheerleader” of the economy
Kushner also described the president’s political will for Woodward-Trump did not propose a federal plan to resolve the virus, but instead delegated this responsibility to the governor. In an interview on April 18, Kushner described how he believes Trump is ready to gain political benefits from the successful containment of the virus, while ensuring any failure to stop the spread The blame is on the governor, not the president.
Kushner said: “States must have testing.” “The federal government should not have testing procedures. The federal government should not have certain rules. It must be decided by the governor because this is how the federal system works.”
He went on to say: “But the president is also very clever politically. His fight with the governor is basically saying, no, no, no, no, I have a vacancy. Because, again, the vacancy will be very much people want this country to open. But if the opening is wrong, the question will be, does the governor follow the guidelines we set?”
In his second interview with Woodward on May 8, Kushner insisted that one of Trump’s tasks to boost the economy is to become a “cheerleader.” Kushner called this a “market psychology.”
Kushner said to Woodward: “So if you basically say you will come back in the fall and don’t step up preparations, then people will no longer be hired, people will be unemployed.” “And, if you plan for the worst Prepare, it will become a self-fulfilling prophecy. One of the things the president does best is to be a cheerleader. He is trying to make people happy with the results.”
Another audio clip obtained by CNN stated that the president himself supported Kushner to speak to Woodward in an expression of “anger”, calling him “a smart cookie.”
Trump said to Woodward on February 19: “I told Jared to talk to you, and I believe he has done it.”-Very capable man, Jared.
Activists and “excessive idiots”
When talking with Woodward, Kushner also expressed contempt for the Republican Party and praised his father-in-law for rebelliously taking over the Republican Party.
He said on April 18: “I said he basically took over the Republican Party completely hostile, and I think it has nothing to do with the problem. I think it has something to do with attitude.”
Kushner called the political parties a “collection of tribes.” They refuted Republican activists who were out of touch with regular voters and helped them build the party’s policy ideas and ideal platform.
Kushner mused: “You know, the development of gatherings is often more about exclusivity than inclusiveness.” “So, you know, like the Republican platform, it’s a platform designed to basically make people angry. File. Because it was done by activists.”
A few months later, at the National Convention, the Republican Party refused to update its platform and instead chose to re-adopt the 2016 platform.
Kushner’s disdain also extends to government officials and advisers who frustrated the president earlier in the presidency-people describe Kushner as an “overconfident idiot.”
He told Woodward: “We have gotten rid of many overconfident idiots.” “Now, he has more thoughtful people who know where they are and what to do.”
Woodward wrote in Anger that he believed Kushner was referring to former cabinet members and advisers James Mattis, Rex Tillerson and Gary Cohen Cohn). In an interview with NBC’s “Today” program in September, Kushner said that Woodward “misunderstood him” and denied that he called the three men “excessive idiots.”