Jared Kushner allegedly blasted health officials for long wait for face mask shipments, new book says


Jared Kushner was a White House adviser under the administration of his stepfather Donald Trump. A new book detailing the administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic that has hit the country has revealed that Mr Kushner was not at all satisfied with health officials during the long wait for face mask shipments.

The book, titled “Nightmare Scenario: Inside the Trump Administration’s Response to the Pandemic that Changed History,” written by Washington Post reporters Yasmeen Abutaleb and Damien Paletta, revealed that Kushner and other Trump administration officials had expressed their anger against HHS official Robert Kadlec, who was the agency’s civil protection officer. Kadlec approved the evacuation of U.S. patients with COVID-19 from the Diamond Princess cruise in February 2020.

At the end of March 2020, Kadlec visited Kushner to tell him that he had successfully purchased 600 million face masks. However, Kadlec went on to say that the masks would not arrive until the end of June, which led the White House adviser to “explode in anger.”

“You idiot !” Kushner screamed, wrote Abutaleb and Paletta. “We will all be dead in June! “

The former president also wanted Kadlec to be fired for saving COVID-19 patients from the cruise. Mark Meadows, then Trump’s chief of staff, also threatened to fire Kadlec over difficulties distributing remdesivir as a treatment for COVID-19.

Kushner has since remained out of public sight after leaving the White House and Washington in January. But during his tenure as a White House adviser, Kushner oversaw the Middle East peace accords on behalf of the United States, among other policies he was involved in. At Trump’s rally in North Carolina earlier this month, a New York Times report unveiled that Kushner would much prefer that his relationship with his stepfather go back to a more traditional version.

Kushner reportedly told advisers that he wanted a simpler relationship with his stepfather. The report also revealed that the former White House adviser also wants to focus on writing his next book. His wife, Ivanka Trump, has also retired from politics to focus on his family and other personal endeavors, leaving his brother Donald Trump Jr. and sister-in-law Lara Trump to carry on his father’s political values.

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