Jared Kushner earned plenty of criticism after his appearance at the White House’s daily coronavirus presser on Thursday. One of Kushner’s critics on Twitter, Vox writer Aaron Rupar, mocked what he saw as “meaningless corporate buzzwords” deployed by Kushner during the latter’s address to the American people.
The White House adviser, who is also the son-in-law of President Donald Trump, has reportedly assumed a large and important role in the administration’s response to the coronavirus, per Politico. With top medical expert Dr. Anthony Fauci not attending the daily conference, Kushner spoke to the public on the issue for the first time.
The appearance did not go over well with many of Trump’s critics, including Rupar, who slammed the White House adviser’s use of what he perceived to be empty cliches as Kushner spoke to reporters.
Kushner was also criticized for appearing to push back against the states that have pressed the federal government to do more in distributing much-needed medical supplies. Kushner claimed that the federal reserve of ventilators was not meant to be shared with states.
“The notion of the federal stockpile was it’s supposed to be our stockpile it’s not supposed to be the state’s stockpile.”
Here's Jared Kushner going for the world record of most meaningless corporate buzzwords used in a single one-minute video clip pic.twitter.com/Vy1QJEhLQa
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 2, 2020
Others claimed that Kushner, who has no history in the medical field and had no governmental experience before his father-in-law won the presidential election in 2016, was not qualified to be holding responsibilities attached to the federal government’s response to the coronavirus.
Jared Kushner and Peter Navarro, along with Mike Pence, the key players in this pandemic. We truly are doomed
— Norman Ornstein (@NormOrnstein) April 2, 2020
Critics noted that cable news networks did not appear to put much stock in Kushner’s statements to reporters, with MSNBC cutting away as he began to speak. The network, along with CNN, had been more selective in their coverage of the daily live press conferences, sometimes cutting away while Trump is speaking and resuming live coverage when some of the White House medical experts are addressing reporters, per Deadline.
The appearance came after a report that Kushner had been pushing back against requests from states to help distribute more ventilators. Vanity Fair claimed that Kushner dismissed a request from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo — a request allegedly seeking 30,000 ventilators to treat the surge of coronavirus patients across the state. The report went on to claim that Kushner cited his “own projections” in indicating that the state would not need that many.
“I’ve gotten a lot smarter about this,” he reportedly said. “New York doesn’t need all the ventilators.”
Trump repeatedly muttered “fake news…” in the background next to Pence and Navarro as Kushner, at the mic, started answering @GeoffRBennett’s question about recent reports that Jared has been running a “shadow” coronavirus task force that’s been bumping up against the actual 1
— Asawin Suebsaeng (@swin24) April 2, 2020
Kushner also pushed back against reports that he been running a “shadow” coronavirus task force, one that had usurped the power of the actual force led by Vice President Mike Pence.