JARED Kushner says President Trump has been “vindicated” during the coronavirus crisis for vowing to protect the borders and pushing for US manufacturing.
Kushner, a White House senior advisor, says the pandemic has shown how much the US should avoid reliance on foreign governments.
Jared Kushner speaks with Fox News about the coronavirus crisis[/caption]
President Trump interrupts Jared Kushner during a press briefing earlier this month[/caption]
Trump appealed to his base when he promised to crack down on immigration four years ago when he defeated Hillary Clinton.
“I think the campaign platform that President Trump ran on in 2016 – which was basically ‘you have to secure your borders and you have to control your own manufacturing as a national security issue’ – I think those have been totally vindicated positions from the virus and I doubt it will be easy for people to argue against them in the future,” Kushner told Fox News.
Earlier this year Trump banned travel from China and other countries, and more recently he temporarily suspended all immigration.
He has touted those measures often during the last few months as Democrats and others have criticized his response to the virus.
Even though more than one million people in the US have tested positive, Kushner said progress is being made.
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner attend the State of the Union earlier this year[/caption]
Kushner at the White House[/caption]
Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law who rarely speaks to the media, talked at length about COVID-19 on the Fox News show The Next Revolution.
“We believe by the month of April we will have close to five million tests that will be performed,” he said.
“We’re anticipating for the month of May, the number we were originally asked to do, we can exceed it.
“We think we can double that number and we should have more than ample amount of tests in the market for the month of May.”
He added that “the limiting factor is not going to be swabs or reagents or transport media, it’s going to be the different states’ ability to collect the samples and do it in an efficient way.”
Jared Kushner looks on as President Trump makes remarks during a meeting with healthcare executives earlier this month[/caption]
Added Kushner, who is married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka: “We feel really good.”
“We’ve eliminated a lot of problems when it comes to testing and I think we will continue to see it do better and better over the coming weeks.”
Kushner also said during the interview he is focused on “the inner cities and indigenous populations” and has “been working very hard to make sure they have adequate testing and PPE proportionate to where vulnerable populations are.”
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He said “behavior changes” has been critical in the fight against COVID-19.
“People are washing their hands and wearing masks and I think we’re learning how to live with this in a much better way, which will enable us, at least the people who are not high-risk, to start going back to work in a phased and responsible approach,” he told Fox News.
More than 55,000 people in the US have died from the coronavirus.