Former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton took aim at White House senior adviser Jared Kushner’s qualifications to be leading within U.S. President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force. Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law who has also been tasked with creating Middle East peace, has come under fire in recent days for his role and actions in combating the growing coronavirus epidemic in the U.S.
Chelsea took a subtle dig at Kushner on Twitter, writing, “(Keep thinking: I’ve a Masters in Public Health; wrote my doctoral dissertation on global efforts to tackle AIDS pandemic; co-authored a book on global health governance; teach MPH courses on health systems & global health & I’m not qualified to lead a national #covid19 effort.)”
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In further highlighting the nature of Kushner’s role, one Twitter user wrote in response, “Imagine Hillary Clinton in the White House putting Chelsea Clinton’s husband, Mark, in charge of handling the COVID-19 situation. “ Clinton shot back in reply, “My imagination doesn’t stretch that far.”
Trump angrily defended his approach to coronavirus during his Friday news conference, his early sunny demeanor darkening as he was pressed on expected death rates and his son-in-law Jared Kushner’s comments suggesting the national stockpile is not intended for states. He sparred with reporters and insisted his administration was “doing our best for New York,” the pandemic’s epicenter, even as Governor Andrew Cuomo warns the state is in danger of not having enough ventilators to help patients stricken with coronavirus in a matter of days.
The alteration of the language describing the stockpile was reflected on government websites on Friday, a day after Kushner, a White House senior adviser who has taken a larger role in the coronavirus response, offered a new argument about the supplies.
After saying that states should use their own stockpiles first, Kushner on Thursday said, “And the notion of the federal stockpile was it’s supposed to be our stockpile. It’s not supposed to be states’ stockpiles that they then use.”
And asked what Kushner meant by “our stockpile,” Trump snapped at a reporter, “You know what our means: United States of America...our. Our. It means the United States of America.”