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Jared Kushner reportedly said 'free markets will solve' the PPE shortage in March. Nurses are still paying for that approach

Posted On: Sep 18, 2020   |   Posted By: Business Insider

Jared Kushner reportedly said 'free markets will solve' the PPE shortage in March. Nurses are still paying for that approach

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Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, made comments at a March 21 meeting in the Situation Room so egregious that those present leaked them to Vanity Fair in a new report.
Kushner was speaking to a group of business people in realms like Silicon Valley and venture capital to hash out how personal protective equipment would get to hospitals battling COVID-19.
The private sector attendees were looking to convince Kushner and his well-documented " shadow coronavirus task force " to use the Defense Production Act to compel companies to produce PPE at scale to overcome the shortage facing the country at that point - a shortage that has persisted through the summer.
Kushner "was quick to strike a confrontational tone" at the meeting, according to those who recounted it to Vanity Fair for the first time, stunning those across the table who were expecting a sweeping national plan.
"The federal government is not going to lead this response," Kushner said,...

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