Kushner's Claims About National Stockpile Contradicted by Trump's Own Administration - 2020-04-03
President Donald Trump's top adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner insisted on Thursday that the government had not built up a national stockpile of medical equipment for states to use during threats like the coronavirus since those states have strategic reserves of their own.
The remark drew raised eyebrows from experts, considering presidents have dispersed supplies from the national strategic stockpiles for use by states dozens of times over the last twenty years. In fact, the Trump administration itself has dipped into the federal reserves to help states in need. Most notably, in 2017, the administration used the stockpile to send materials such as beds and medical equipment to states ravaged by Hurricane Harvey.
That Kushner either didn't recall this or had deliberately glossed over it sparked additional questions about Kushner's suitability to play a leading role in the administration's response to the coronavirus threat.