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    Kushner coronavirus team sparks confusion, plaudits inside White House response effor

    Kushner coronavirus team sparks confusion, plaudits inside White House response efforts


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    Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and a senior adviser, has created his own team of government allies and private industry representatives to work alongside the administration’s official coronavirus task force, adding another layer of confusion and conflicting signals within the White House’s disjointed response to the crisis.
    Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, center, listens as President Trump meets with bank chief executives about coronavirus in the Cabinet Room on Wednesday. Kushner, who joined the administration’s coronavirus efforts last week, is primarily focused on attempting to set up drive-through testing sites with the help of technology and retail executives, as well as experts in health-care delivery. The goal, officials familiar with the work said, is to have limited testing in a handful of cities running by Friday and to expand the project from there.
    But Kushner’s team is causing confusion among many officials involved in the response, who say they are unsure who is in charge given Kushner’s dual role as senior adviser and Trump family member. Some have privately dubbed his team a “shadow task force” whose requests they interpret as orders they must balance with regular response efforts.
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    Some members of Kushner’s team are working out of offices on the seventh floor of Health and Human Services headquarters — one floor above the office of HHS secretary Alex Azar — while others are working out of an office in the West Wing of the White House, officials said.
    They include representatives of companies such as UPS, FedEx and Flatiron Health, as well as Kushner allies inside the government such as Brad Smith, director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.

    Jared Kushner, Donald Trump are posing for a picture: Jared Kushner listens as President Trump speaks during a signing ceremony for the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement on the South Lawn of the White House on Jan. 29.




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    Two senior officials said some government officials have become increasingly confused as they have received emails from private industry employees on Kushner’s team and have been on conference calls with them, unsure what their exact role is in the government response. Several people involved in the response said the involvement of outside advisers — who are emailing large groups of government employees from private email addresses — also raises legitimate security concerns about whether these advisers are following proper government protocols.
    “We don’t know who these people are,” one senior official said. “Who is this? We’re all getting these emails.”
    Kushner defended his role in an interview, saying his team’s goal was to bring “an entrepreneurial approach” to the crisis.
    “We’re getting things done in record speeds and are doing everything possible to avoid damage and mitigate the negative impacts,” Kushner said. “In America, some of our best resources are in our private sector. The federal government is not designed to solve all our problems; a lot of the muscle is in the private sector and there’s also a lot of smart people.”
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    This account of Kushner’s involvement in the administration’s coronavirus response effort is based on interviews with 10 senior administration officials and people familiar with the effort, most of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal dynamics and speak candidly.
    Katie Miller, a spokeswoman for Vice President Pence, who is heading the official task force, dismissed concerns over Kushner’s growing role.
    “For those who are involved in the effort, they aren’t confused,” Miller said. “For those who deal with this day-to-day, the structure is quite clear.”
    Kushner said he is “closely collaborating” with Pence, whom he talks to “ten times a day.”
    Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, also praised Kushner’s ability to enlist companies and individuals outside government to help in the response.
    “The White House recognizes many solutions we will need today and tomorrow to combat this virus reside in the private sector and Jared has been essential in bringing those insights to critical discussions,” she wrote in an email.
    But Kushner operates from a nearly untouchable perch within the White House hierarchy, which has worried some officials. Some aides say that regardless of the official organization chart, they know that Kushner can walk into the Oval Office when he wants or call the president late at night, allowing him a final private word after the routine meetings have ended.
    The president has grown frustrated with him at times — including over his widely criticized Oval Office address last week, which Kushner helped write — but he remains family and so far has outlasted and outmaneuvered internal rivals.
    Kushner — who already has an overly large portfolio, which had become the subject of mockery by his critics — did not become involved in the virus response until last week, at the request of Pence’s chief of staff. Kushner had previously counseled the president that the media and some in the administration were overreacting to the threat of the virus.
    Kushner helped write Trump’s widely panned prime-time Oval Office address last week that sent markets into a free fall, pushed Trump to ban travel from Europe and orchestrated a Rose Garden news conference last Friday where Trump announced a ramped-up testing effort that turned out to be in only the early stages of development.
    Trump announced that Google was developing a website where Americans could provide their symptoms, find out whether they needed to be tested and then be directed to a testing site near their homes that retailers including Target, CVS and Walgreens would help set up. But several of the companies quickly distanced themselves from the claims, and little has come of the efforts so far.
    Two officials said Kushner was the one who called the various company executives and convinced them to come to Washington to meet and discuss the initiative. While the announcement was premature, they said getting the president to hold the news conference helped focus attention on the issue.
    Kushner’s team is primarily focused on getting the testing project launched by the end of this week in “hot spot” areas with large outbreaks, such as Seattle, the San Francisco Bay area and New York City, officials said. The team is also focused on procurement issues, particularly related to the nasal swabs needed to conduct the diagnostic tests, which officials have warned could face shortages as the number of tests expands.
    “The government is designed to do certain things in certain ways, but this is not a usual circumstance,” Kushner said. “I’m just trying to establish a faster decision cadence, so we can empower them to isolate the problems, agree on the proposed solutions and then empower the proper government department to move quickly.”


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    The world is battling an outbreak of a new coronavirus called COVID-19, which started in the city of Wuhan, China, and has been spreading since. The virus has claimed more than 7,000 lives and infected more than 150,000 people around the world. The World Health Organization declared a global pandemic on March 11.
    (Pictured) An unusually empty Champs de Mars near the Eiffel Tower on March 18 in Paris as a strict lockdown requiring most people in France to remain at home came into effect at midday the day before prohibiting all but essential outings in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus.








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    The team includes Kushner allies such as Smith and Adam Boehler, chief executive of the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation, as well as a host of private industry representatives who Kushner believes can more quickly solve the testing issue than the government officials who have been overseeing it for the past two months.
    Nat Turner, chief executive of Flatiron Health, a health-care technology company focused on cancer research, as well as some of his employees are key members of Kushner’s team and are working out of HHS, officials said. Flatiron Health confirmed it was working on an HHS project. Kushner also brought in employees from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to embed with his team at HHS, and has called UPS and FedEx to help work on logistics issues, while still working with retail executives who are key to the testing initiative, two administration officials said.
    Walmart is one of the retailers that plan to participate in providing coronavirus testing, a representative said Wednesday, “working with the federal, state and local officials to finalize operational details of our first pilot sites.”
    There have been growing pains within the West Wing and agencies as Kushner largely oversees testing and Pence’s team runs broader aspects of the response, including public relations, public-health guidelines to mitigate the spread of the virus and emergency preparedness to ensure states have the resources they need.
    Some officials involved in the coronavirus efforts said they do not know who is in charge and whether Pence’s team has been sidelined. Three senior officials involved in the response said Kushner was generally letting the task force know what he was doing, but that they did not know precisely what he was working on. Kushner regularly briefs the president separately from the rest of the task force, one official said.


    One potential conflict for Kushner is the fact that Oscar, a health insurance company co-founded by Kushner’s younger brother, Joshua, last week launched its own digital portal that helps direct people to virus testing centers and assess their own risk of becoming infected. A spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment, including about whether Oscar plans to seek a government contract.
    Richard Painter, a law professor at the University of Minnesota and the former chief White House ethics lawyer under President George W. Bush, said one key consideration of involving the private sector in any virus response is ensuring that government officials who own any stock in the companies recuse themselves from decision-making.
    “The first concern is to make sure no government officials are participating in those discussions that own stock in any of those companies, because if they do or their spouse do, there’s going to be a lot of trouble,” Painter said.
    But, he added, as long as “you clear out the conflicts, then yes, this is something that’s going to happen. This is going to be necessary. On any kind of emergency, we do use the private sector, especially in wartime.”

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    KUSHER & IVANKA pushing to bring in hundreds of thousands of H1-B visa workers into this country.

    Bring in their CHEAP LABOR to take jobs and flood our communities.

    Pushing to bring in MORE refugees and asylum liars, TPS, from around the world and GIVE them our citizenship.



    Pushing their Amnesty for millions of illegal aliens, and DACA, with NO concept of the unintended consequences of the harm this causes the American people.

    Dumping entire cities from around the World on our backs and into our communities with NO end in sight. Add in their offspring and the mounting costs to the U.S. taxpayers to pay for this too out of our empty wallets!

    Taking our jobs, overcrowding our schools, housing, social service programs, more traffic, and overwhelming our healthcare facilities. Court costs, jail, prisons, theft, crime, and more hate.

    Well, those "unintended" consequences just hit us smack in the face with this crisis.

    Now these foreigners are out of work, no income, sick, using our medical facilities. Are they getting the $1,000 dollar bail out money too?

    Who is paying THEIR medical bills? The U.S. taxpayers?

    The hundreds of thousands of Foreign Student Visa's are out of school. Are they going home? Who is paying their expenses, rent, food, medical bills. Good old dumb American's, that is who!

    What do these H1-B visa workers do now that their employers laid them off? Are they packing their bags and going back to their county? That is what they should be doing. Who is paying their rent, utilities, food, medical expenses?

    Many of these companies will not be up to full speed for quite some time, and American citizens should be placed in those available jobs FIRST and foremost. Many of these companies will be on a skeleton crew to make up for their lost revenue.

    What systems and tracking are in place to enforce, and ensure, these Work Visa's are leaving here?

    They will all become a Public Charge!

    We need a 10 year moratorium on all immigration and clean this mess up. This is your wake up call America of worse things to come with this unrelenting invasion if it is not stopped in it's tracks.

    This will not be the first "crisis" of this magnatude in this country. This is a pre-cursor to what is yet to come, you can bet on it if we do not stop this immigration.

    And if we do not stop this out of control swamp, their rotten policies, and stop the waste, fraud, and abuse of our money you will be hurting more than you can ever imagine in your lifetime. Just like no one, and I mean no one, would ever have anticipated that all 50 states are on almost complete shut down.

    Wake up people! Now more than ever it is crucial to realize the damage, complete lawlessness, and failed policies this swamp has shoved down our throats while they line their pockets full of lobbyist cash.

    This crisis does not affect them in the least and they have thrown you all under the bus.


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    Well now we know that it is Jared Kushner behind the terrible deal to get Google set up to collect private medical info on Americans seeking Covid-19 tests!

    Americans Say 'Hell No' to Trump's Google COVID-19 Triage Website Plan
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    We did it ALIPAC supporters! Please read, share and discuss this far and wide!
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    Google & Kushner Drop Plan To Use Website to Collect Medical Info on Americans Seeking COVID-19 Testing

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