White House Senior advisor Jared Kushner just got blasted in a piece by the New York Times Thursday. This following his expanded role in coordinating response to a global pandemic presently punishing the United States.
The New York Times reported:
The culture clash between public and private sectors has been jarring. The senior official described the Kushner team as a “frat party” that descended from a U.F.O. and invaded the federal government. To government officials, the outsiders demonstrated a lax attitude to policy discussions, at one point using the website FreeConferenceCall.com to arrange high-level meetings. Others have used personal email accounts in delicate policy exchanges.
Though Kushner said he viewed himself as an enabler of government agencies to overcome obstacles. He stated, “From the White House, you can move a lot faster.” Plus added, “I’ve put members of my team into a lot of components. What we’ve been able to do is get people very quick answers.”
He announced, “You have to take inventory in your state, and you have to be able to prove that there’s a real need.” In addition, “This is a time of crisis, and you’re seeing certain people are better managers than others.”
Kushner also declared, “The president also instructed me to make sure that I break down every barrier needed to make sure that teams can succeed.”
But Democratic Rep. Bennie G. Thompson of Mississippi, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said, “There is some kind of communications failure between FEMA and the White House.” Adding that, “FEMA was brought into the response to provide logistics support and the White House should let them do their work. There is no reason for Jared or any other inexperienced person to be getting in the way of that.”
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo gives Kushner high marks. “He’s been extraordinarily helpful on all of these situations,” Cuomo expressed. While a FEMA spokesperson told, “Mr. Kushner and his team, from the White House Office of American Innovation, have played an integral role by facilitating close coordination between the federal government and the private sector during this critical time.”
Troubling to hear that kind of dissension when people are in such a desperate state.