- With leading White House health experts available, Jared Kushner decided to go the other way in designing a national COVID-19 testing strategy.
- According to a new Vanity Fair report, Kushner has hired his college roommate to work on a team to simplify testing at the federal level.
- While Kushner’s ubiquity in major White House initiatives is not new – experts have pushed his coronavirus impact team as a “Slim Suit Crowd” – but the details of the test plan report are new.
- Kushner’s plan “just fell into the air,” one of the team members told Vanity Fair.
- The report states that the team also procured 1 million expired coronavirus tests from a company that incorrectly stated its name on the invoice.
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If this is the main problem at Trump White House, Jared Kushner will probably run away.
When he was tasked with developing a national coronavirus testing strategy, the president’s brother-in-law and chief adviser went to a roommate of trusted medical experts for an initiative that eventually “just aired,” participants told Vanity Fair this week.
The Vanity Fair report, released on Thursday, provided new details on Kushner’s role in responding to the nation’s coronavirus response, particularly in forming a personal team to create a strategy that never materialized.
Efforts to build an advanced testing and surveillance operation at the national level have been scrapped. One explanation was that he had persuaded Kushner to abide by the plan that the White House was in the mood to limit the outbreaks to blue states, giving the Trump administration cover for Democratic governors for the damage caused by the pandemic.
The report also states that Kushner’s outfit received 1 million expired COVID-19 tests from a company that incorrectly wrote its name on the invoice as Cogna Tecnology Solutions.
Roommate Adam Boehler was part of Kushner’s “brain trust” with private-sector personalities working to respond to the virus, Vanity Fair said. In March, one of the people on Kushner’s team described the group with Politica as “a team of people who will end.”
Boehler, 41, who was Kushner’s summer roommate when they were in college, is the CEO of International International International Finance Finance Corporation. Prior to becoming the founder and CEO of Landmark Health, one of the country’s largest home medical care providers, he worked privately.
Boehler’s father, Dr. Rich Boehler works at Landmark’s office in Latham, New York and has extensive experience as a chief physician, according to his LinkedIn site.
In 2018, Adam Boehler was appointed Director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. Although Boehler has a medical degree, he has no medical education. He served in the team under Kushner, who excluded the owner of the so-called Test line of the Trump administration, Adm. Brett Giroir, Assistant Secretary of Health.
Kushner’s preference for foreigners in the private sector over government officials with qualified expertise is part of a model that has been the subject of a large number of reports. An article in the New York Times in April described the careers of Federal Emergency Management Agency officials as mocking Kushner’s “impact team” as a “slim suit crowd.”
“Other agencies were in their own bubbles,” said one of the Vanity Fair participants in addition to the Kushnera team. “The circles never overlapped.”