Vanity Fair reports on March 2020 meeting between Silicon Valley leaders and Jared Kushner:
Kushner, seated at the head of the conference table, in a chair taller than all the others, was quick to strike a confrontational tone. “The federal government is not going to lead this response,” he announced. “It’s up to the states to figure out what they want to do.” One attendee explained to Kushner that due to the finite supply of PPE, Americans were bidding against each other and driving prices up. To solve that, businesses eager to help were looking to the federal government for leadership and direction.
“Free markets will solve this,” Kushner said dismissively. “That is not the role of government.” The same attendee explained that although he believed in open markets, he feared that the system was breaking. As evidence, he pointed to a CNN report about New York governor Andrew Cuomo and his desperate call for supplies. “That’s the CNN bullshit,” Kushner snapped. “They lie.”
According to another attendee, Kushner then began to rail against the governor: “Cuomo didn’t pound the phones hard enough to get PPE for his state. His people are going to suffer and that’s their problem.”
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This Vanity Fair story is another inaccurate and disgusting partisan hit job. President Trump has consistently put the health of all Americans first.
— Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) September 18, 2020
“His people are going to suffer and that’s their problem” he says about dying New Yorkers. Totally consistent with everything they have said and done in public. https://t.co/uTXcjLvB3a
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) September 18, 2020
NEW: Jared Kushner reportedly told a roomful of business leaders in March “free markets will solve” the PPE shortage—then shifted blame to Cuomo https://t.co/4b2Bv8mBPW
— VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) September 17, 2020