Kushner is head boy of a “a ‘frat party’ that descended from a U.F.O. and invaded the federal government.”

The Times is covering Jared’s marvelous activities in taking over control of the government during the Coronavirus crisis.

Well, I exaggerated a little bit. Actually, I’m being sarcastic.

If you want to hear the couple of nice things people said about Jared, read the entire article. Otherwise, you can read these excerpts. I’ve bolded some choice phrases:

At one of the most perilous moments in modern American history, Mr. Kushner is trying in a disjointed White House to marshal the forces of government for the war his father-in-law says he is waging. A real estate developer with none of the medical expertise of a public health official nor the mobilization experience of a general, Mr. Kushner has nonetheless become a key player in the response to the pandemic.

In an interview, Mr. Kushner would not discuss the president’s actions but said he views himself as an enabler of government agencies to overcome obstacles. “From the White House, you can move a lot faster,” he said. “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.”

“There is some kind of communications failure between FEMA and the White House,” said Representative Bennie Thompson, Democrat of Mississippi and chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. “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.”

Mr. Kushner has embedded dozens of political appointees and recruits from the private sector in critical spots like FEMA. His “impact team,” as he calls it, has been nicknamed the “Slim Suit Crowd” for its sartorial preferences by khaki-wearing FEMA veterans.

… Mr. Kushner…enlisted friends with glossy entrepreneurial backgrounds to help, including… Nat Turner, a software entrepreneur.

Mr. Turner once ran a snake-breeding business out of his childhood bedroom before growing up to help found and later sell Flatiron Health… he has involved Flatiron employees, who have issued orders to health agencies, stirring resentment, according to a senior administration official involved in meetings.

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.

After the president at Mr. Kushner’s urging made a splashy announcement last month that Google was helping build a national screening website to direct Americans to testing locations, it turned out there was no such national site anywhere close to being launched by Google.

…Likewise, Mr. Kushner’s effort to open an array of drive-through testing sites has resulted in just five locations, at a Rite Aid in Pennsylvania, two Walmarts and a Walgreens in the Chicago area and a CVS in Massachusetts, each of which were set up to run only 250 tests a day, according to two government officials.

Mr. Kushner early on agreed with his father-in-law that the news media was hyping the coronavirus to attack the president…Mr. Kushner shares the president’s view that governors are driving their residents into a panic by airing worst-case projections of medical needs.

In conversations with advisers to the president, many of whom were stunned by the remark, Mr. Kushner has stressed what he sees as his own abilities, saying that he’s figured out how to make the government effective.

Despite the views of staff members who see Mr. Kushner as a novice at government, Mr. Kushner still views himself as a person who can fix things. “I learned very early on that when you try to work around an existing government structure, it rarely works,” Mr. Kushner said in the interview. “You have to take the machinery that exists and empower it rather than recreate it.”

Jared Kushner has no conception of government. He thinks he’s better than that.

 

 

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