“obnoxious know-it-all” Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner The nation’s first major response to the hijacked COVID-19 Deaths from the disease were rising as soon as the pandemic last year – and thwarted it, the former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham Revealed in his new book.
The couple, who had no experience in government or government policy, had no business being the then-president’s top White House adviser. Donald Trump, Grisham wrote in his book, “I’ll take your questions now, according to an excerpt published on Friday by politician.
When Grisham initially acted as Melania TrumpK’s press secretary, “we had all” – including the first lady – “come in to call Jared and Ivanka the ‘interns’ because they Unpleasant in our minds, deserves to know everything, “He told me.
“As the coronavirus pandemic – “one of the most significant crises to hit the country in a century” – emerged, “interns were behaving right for form,” Grisham said.
After the World Health Organization first declared COVID-19 a pandemic in March 2020, the couple insisted in an Oval Office meeting that Donald Trump give a televised address to the nation, according to Grisham.
“Ivanka kept screaming, ‘But I think maybe there should be an address to the nation tonight,’ Grisham wrote. Eventually, Ivanka turned to her most powerful ally, other than her father. ‘Jared, don’t you agree?'”
Then there was a shock. Big question: what Was Message?”
After all, Donald Trump directed everyone – including the vice president mike pence and Dr. Anthony Fauci – According to the former press secretary, to walk out to the cabinet room and “figure out what to do”.
Kushner, who “sit next to the Vice President of the United States, commanded the meeting and was calling all the shots,” Grisham recalled.
“The number of times I saw him treat senior staff members this way, that particular time made me as uncomfortable as it was with the vice president. It was humiliating, and I remember feeling both embarrassed and disgusted. , “He said.
Despite Kushner’s power in the White House, he “wasn’t an expert in anything – he advised – closing borders, economic consequences, health consequences – yet he was single-handedly able to address one of the most devastating crises.” We’re deciding the nation’s first course of action in our history,” Grisham wrote.
Meanwhile, “Ivanka was also doing her ‘my father’ and ‘my father’ thinks that routine, which makes it impossible for staff members to argue a contrasting point of view,” she said.
Kushner ended up writing Trump’s speech, but it contained “many misstatements and sloppy words,” and it “sowed confusion,” Grisham wrote, and employees had to deal with the fallout.
Grisham says in the book that he told Donald Trump “several times” that if he lost re-election in 2020 it would be “because of Jared.”
“It was my fervent opinion that his arrogance and presumption had grown over the years, and he threw away his power without shame,” she wrote. And when things turned out badly, he always blamed others, said Grisham, who called Kushner “Rasputin in a slim-fitting suit.”
Kushner, who was reprimanded by medical experts a year ago Comparing COVID-19 to the Common Flu, did not end his involvement in the nation’s coronavirus response with the speech. Despite Pence being in charge, he met with his team to develop some sort of post-COVID plan.
Late Sen. Robert F KennedyMax Kennedy, the grandson of Kushner, volunteered to serve on Kushner’s COVID-19 task force and ended up sending complaints to Congress about what he saw.
Kennedy details a poorly managed operation to procure desperately needed medical supplies, run by an inexperienced team of volunteers. appeared there No vision, no strategy and no real leadership, he said. He described the operation as a “family office meeting”. Organized crime, in association with ‘Lord of the Flies’.‘”
Kushner reportedly predicted last year that New York would be “suffering” with COVID, adding, coldly, “that’s their problem.” He said that a “free market” would solve the problem and that Fighting a pandemic is “not the role of the government.”
More than 400,000 Americans died from COVID during the Trump administration. By Friday, the death toll had reached nearly 700,000.