Recently published footage of an interview with journalist Bob Woodward on April 18 revealed that Jared Kushner, senior White House adviser and son-in-law of Republican President Donald Trump, said Trump was trying to “get the country back from the doctors” when he tried to quickly reopen the country’s economy shortly after the first outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
The first COVID 19 case in the United States occurred on January 20. Trump declared the pandemic a national emergency on March 13. After nationwide closures of schools, non-essential businesses and public places, Trump said on March 24 that he wanted to reopen the country by Easter, April 12.
With the blessing of the White House, Kushner spoke with Woodward as part of his research for his then forthcoming book on the Trump presidency, Rage.
“The last thing he did was the [reopening]policy, which was interesting, and it was almost like Trump was getting the land back from the doctors, wasn’t it? Kushner told Woodward. “In the sense that what he has done now is an opening.”
“There were three phases: the panic phase, the pain phase and then the comeback phase,” Kushner continued. “That doesn’t mean that there isn’t a lot of pain and that there won’t be any pain for a while. But what it basically means is that we have established rules that we can work by again. Trump is in charge again now, it’s not the doctors. We have a negotiated solution.”
Kushner’s comments show the Trump government’s adversarial approach to doctors throughout the pandemic.
In July, four former directors of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) accused Trump of “undermining scientific expertise” and “unnecessarily endangering lives. In a Washington Post statement, they wrote: “No president has ever politicized science [the CDC]as Trump has.
Previously, Trump had criticized the CDC’s guidelines for the safe reopening of schools, calling them unnecessary and costly.
Shortly after schools reopened, there was an increase in COVID-19 cases among children of all ages in the United States. While children accounted for 2 percent of all US cases in April, they accounted for 10 percent of all cases in September, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
On Monday, Trump said that doctors overstate COVID-19 deaths for financial reasons. However, Ashish K. Jha, Dean of Brown University School of Public Health, called Trump’s claim “Facebook garbage” and many other doctors and medical associations said overreporting could lead to doctors being prosecuted, which could jeopardize their accreditation.
In early October, the New England Journal of Medicine published its first editorial in the publication’s 200-year history, stating that Trump had “failed a leadership test” in his response to the ongoing COVID 19 epidemic.
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