As the federal government under the Trump administration does whatever it’s doing in response to the coronavirus pandemic, eyes are turning to perpetual man-behind-the-curtain Jared Kushner, who again seems to have his hands all over a thing he has no experience dealing with. Russel Honoré, the retired lieutenant general who took over the government’s initially terrible response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, made it clear that he thinks Donald Trump’s son-in-law should not be involved in the current crisis.
Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré, on Jared Kushner: "I don't believe he knows what the hell he is talking about." pic.twitter.com/nqDxyT6TAX— 😷 David Gura 🏡 (@davidgura) April 4, 2020
“I don’t believe he knows what the hell he’s talking about,” he said during an MSNBC interview. “He’s totally clueless as to what he’s talking about.”
And this is coming from a guy who is well acquainted with bungling during a crisis.
Honoré’s comments were in response to Kushner’s declaration that the federal Strategic National Stockpile, which includes vital protective equipment currently in critical shortage at hospitals across the country, is “not supposed to be states’ stockpiles that they then use.”
Kushner’s highly criticized comments were in response to the growing outrage over shortages as news continues to break about the federal government getting involved in bidding wars that will make a few people very rich and leave healthcare workers and their patients with less.
“I never knew in my 37 years in uniform that the government would facilitate private companies by bringing stuff, handing it over to them, so they could sell it back at a higher—up to seven times the price—to the states, for which we are giving the states the money to buy it,” said Honoré. “I have never heard of that before.”
Meanwhile, reports are coming out that Kushner coordinated the distribution of key medical supplies with Republican donors and causing confusion as to who corporations should work with. At the same time, his real estate company Kushner Companies stands to profit from the mortgage freeze, and he’s been accused of breaking the law by working on Trump’s re-election campaign from the White House.
Even Meghan McCain seems to hate Kushner’s “leadership.”
Meghan McCain Says Trump Coronavirus Briefings Are Valuable to Expose Administration: They Show ‘How Inept’ Jared Kushner Ishttps://t.co/TRgcrmTCob— Mediaite (@Mediaite) April 6, 2020
And so do a lot of other people.
What the hell, Jared Kushner! What do you mean our stockpile vs state stockpile of health equipment? This is the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! This is a CRISIS! U & your inept father in law have bungled the response. You better get the PPE, respirators, ventilators to the states NOW!— Maxine Waters (@RepMaxineWaters) April 6, 2020
If Jared Kushner is going to run like half the government, it would be great if he could follow all the laws. https://t.co/lCjiXOq9jE— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) April 6, 2020
So, what idiot put Jared Kushner in charge?https://t.co/svCjscCiyQ— Richard W. Painter (@RWPUSA) April 6, 2020
Worth remembering that Navarro has a job in the White House because Jared Kushner was researching China trade policy and Navarro's book came up on Amazon's search engine. https://t.co/x5dds3H4dl— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) April 5, 2020
Things I trust more than Jared Kushner leading a pandemic response: pic.twitter.com/xmJLyzkvnm— Daisy Fuentes Marx (@DaisyFuentes) April 6, 2020
"Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something."— Ethics in Bricks (@EthicsInBricks) April 5, 2020
"We have the best people doing the best jobs making sure we have the right people focused on all the things that needed to happen to make sure that we deliver."
- Jared Kushner pic.twitter.com/YYZi6bZvoW
Things are not looking up for America.