Kushner On Tape To Woodward: Trump Wanted States To Close So He Could Take Credit For The Reopening

“So with testing now, what he’s been saying to us is, don’t fall into the same trap that we fell into the first time. The states have to own the testing, the federal testing. And the federal government should not own the testing, the federal government should not own, kind of, the rules.

“It’s got to be up to the governors, because that’s the way the federalist system works. But the president is also very smart politically with the way he did that fight with the governors to say ‘No, no, no, I own the opening.’

“Because, again, the opening is going to be very popular. People want this country open. But if it opens in the wrong way, the question will be, did the governors follow the guidelines we set out or no?” – Jared Kushner, on an April tape released by Bob Woodward.