Back in April, as the U.S. coronavirus death toll surpassed 58,000, first son-in-law Jared Kushner took to the airwaves to address the crisis.
While it was widely acknowledged that the administration’s shambolic response to COVID-19—which included dubbing it fake news and then putting a dog breeder in charge of the Health and Human Services task force—had allowed the disease to gain a foothold in the country, the Boy Prince of New Jersey had a slightly different take on the situation. Claiming that America was “on the other side of the medical aspect of this,” Kushner told Fox News: “The federal government rose to the challenge and this is a great success story. And I think that that’s what really needs to be told.” Of course, in reality, that wasn’t true at all: In the time since young Jared claimed that the public health aspect of the pandemic was in the rearview, almost 140,000 more people have died in the U.S. Nearly five months and close to 200,000 dead people later, what does Kushner think of his father-in-law’s handling of the whole thing? He’s glad you asked!
Appearing on the Today show on Tuesday morning, Kushner told Savannah Guthrie that people should be thanking their lucky stars that a guy like Donald Trump is in charge right now. “All the different challenges that people were hysterical about, whether it was governors or the media, we worked with them very closely, and again, it was very good to have an entrepreneurial president who doesn’t do things in a bureaucratic way. He ran to all the different problems…He confronted them seriously.” Asked why Trump actively lied to the public about the severity of the disease, which he fully admitted to last week, Kushner, also lying, insisted that “the president was very forthcoming with the American people about what he knew and when he knew it.”
“The president was very forthcoming with the American people about what he knew and when he knew it,” Jared Kushner tells @SavannahGuthrie about the president’s initial response to the coronavirus. pic.twitter.com/gbX2MaI54i— TODAY (@TODAYshow) September 15, 2020
In a newly released tape, Trump privately tells Bob Woodward in April that COVID-19 "is a killer if it gets you." pic.twitter.com/Jiib9GJqwz— TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) September 15, 2020
“President Trump believes that people can make their own decisions,” Jared Kushner says when asked about a lack of masks and social distancing at the president's campaign rallies. pic.twitter.com/JCkMWGboM2— TODAY (@TODAYshow) September 15, 2020
Don't want this to get lost:— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) September 15, 2020
Jared Kushner on Woodward: "He's got tapes of everything, I have tapes of everything."
Kushner says he has "tapes of everything."https://t.co/XF1VduFgf5
Vanity Fair — Bess Levin contributed to this report.