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Jared Kushner served as a White House adviser under his father-in-law Donald Trump’s administration. A new book detailing the administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic that struck the country revealed that Mr. Kushner was not at all pleased with health officials over the long wait of 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 took their anger out on HHS official Robert Kadlec, who was the agency’s head of emergency preparedness. Kadlec signed off on evacuating American COVID-19 patients from the Diamond Princess Cruise back in February 2020.
In the latter part of March 2020, Kadlec went to Kushner with news that he successfully purchased 600 million face masks. However, Kadlec went on to say that the masks would not be arriving until late June, which led to the then-White House adviser to “explode in anger.”
“You f***ing moron!” Kushner yelled, wrote Abutaleb and Paletta. “We’ll all be dead by June!”
The former president also wanted Kadlec fired for rescuing COVID-19 stricken patients from the cruise. Trump’s then-chief of staff, Mark Meadows, also threatened to have Kadlec fired over the difficulties in the distribution of remdesivir as a treatment for COVID-19.
Kushner has since stayed out of the public eye after leaving the White House and Washington in January. But during his tenure as a White House adviser, Kushner oversaw peace deals in the Middle East on behalf of the US, among other policies that he was involved in. During Trump’s rally in North Carolina early this month, a report by the New York Times revealed that Kushner would much prefer that his relationship with his father-in-law return to a more traditional one.
Kushner reportedly told advisers that he wants a simpler relationship with his father-in-law. The report also revealed that the former White House adviser also wants to focus on writing his upcoming book. His wife, Ivanka Trump, has also stepped back from the political scene to focus on her family and her other personal projects, leaving her brother Donald Trump Jr. and sister-in-law Lara Trump to carry on her father’s political values.