Ah yes, the son-in-law always rises and now it looks like it’s time for the son-in-law to set, as well. These are dark and moody days at the White House and Jared Kushner, the man who advised Donald Trump to fire James Comey, is also the same guy who advised Trump more recently:
- Not to declare a national emergency;
- To ignore his health advisers’ admonitions; and
- To treat the coronavirus as a PR problem.
Additionally, as the cherry on the sundae, as it were, Jared is the guy who made up the Google website story, which earned Trump a sound thrashing by the press and deservedly so. Gabriel Sherman, Vanity Fair:
With the markets in free fall despite emergency action by the Fed over the weekend, Trump is waking up to the reality that’s been clear to everyone: Coronavirus poses a once-in-a-hundred-years threat to the country. “In the last 48 hours he has understood the magnitude of what’s going on,” a former West Wing official told me. As Trump processes the stakes facing the country—and his presidency—he’s also lashing out at advisers, whom he blames for the White House’s inept and flat-footed response. Sources say a principal target of his anger is Jared Kushner. “I have never heard so many people inside the White House openly discussed how pissed Trump is at Jared,” the former West Wing official said.
Sources told me Trump is regretting that Kushner swooped into the coronavirus response last week. Kushner, according to sources, encouraged Trump to treat the emergency as a P.R. problem when Fauci and others were calling for aggressive action. “This was Jared saying the world needs me to solve another problem,” a former White House official said. One source briefed on the internal conversations told me that Kushner advised Trump not to call a national emergency during his Oval Office address on March 11 because “it would tank the markets.” The markets cratered anyway, and Trump announced the national emergency on Friday. “They had to clean that up on Friday,” another former West Wing official said. Trump was also said to be angry that Kushner oversold Google’s coronavirus testing website when in fact the tech giant had a fledgling effort. Trump got slammed in the press for promoting the phantom Google product. “Jared told Trump that Google was doing an entire website that would be up in 72 hours and had 1,100 people working on it 24/7. That’s just a lie,” the source briefed on the internal conversations told me.
And then of course there were Jared’s more substantive efforts towards solving the coronavirus problem, just in case it might not be all PR. He contacted his supermodel sister-in-law’s daddy, Kurt Kloss, who is an MD, to ask his friends on Facebook what to do. Why deal with established governmental procedures or listen to expert personnel, when you can implement policy with in-laws and Facebook? The New York Times reported that the group of doctors that Kloss solicited opinions from were “far from a group of experts” and more a “rando collection of doctors on social media.”
When Jarvanka got rid of John Kelly, it was said that Jared was “walking around with his balls hanging out.” That may have been true then. But if he’s doing it right now, he might be finding out that the White House has just become a much chillier place.