- With the country’s best experts available to the White House, Jared Kushner decided to go in a different direction when it comes to drafting a national COVID-19 testing strategy.
- Kushner hired his college mate to work on a team tasked with simple testing at the federal level, according to a new Vanity Fair report.
- While Kushner’s involvement in key White House initiatives is not new – experts have derivated his coronavirus “impact team” as “Slim Suit Crowd” – the details of the report in the test plan are new.
- Kushner’s plan “just got into the thin air,”; one team member told Vanity Fair.
- The report said the team had also purchased 1 million intact coronavirus tests from a company that mistyped its name on a bill.
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If it’s a major issue in Trump’s White House, Jared Kushner is certainly the guiding point.
When he was in charge of drafting a national strategy for coronavirus testing, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser went to his college colleague on trusted medical experts for an initiative that eventually “simply went into thin air,” a by its participants told Vanity Fair this week.
The Vanity Fair report, released Thursday, includes new details about Kushner’s role in the nation’s coronavirus response, particularly in forming a handmade team to create a strategy that was never implemented.
Efforts to build an advanced nationwide testing and tracking operation were thwarted, the report said. One explanation that Kushner is said to have persuaded to throw into his plan was a feeling in the White House that the blasts would be limited to the blue states, providing cover for the Trump administration to blame Democratic rulers for damaging the pandemic.
The report also said Kushner’s clothing had procured 1 million invalid COVID-19 tests from a company that mistaken its name on an invoice like Cogna Tecnology Solutions.
The roommate, Adam Boehler, was part of Kushner’s “brain trust” of private sector figures working on the virus response, Vanity Fair said. One of the people on Kushner’s team described the group at Politico in Mars as “an A-team of people who become -“.
Boehler, 41, who was Kushner’s roommate during a summer in college, is the CEO of the American Finance Corporation for International Development. His background was privately owned before he became the founder and CEO of Landmark Health, one of the country’s largest providers of home medical care.
Boehler’s father, Dr Rich Boehler, works at the Landmark office in Latham, New York and has a broad background as a senior medical officer, according to his LinkedIn site.
In 2018, Adam Boehler was appointed director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. While Boehler has a medical background, he does not have a medical degree. He was serving on a team under Kushner that ousted the Trump administration’s so-called testing czar, Adm. Brett Giroir, Assistant Secretary for Health.
Kouchner’s preference for private-sector outsiders over government officials with credible expertise is part of a model that has been the subject of abundant reporting. A New York Times article in April described the career of Federal Emergency Management Agency officials deriving Kushner’s “influence team” as the “Crimd Slim Suit.”
“The other agencies were in their bubbles,” in addition to Kushner’s team, one of the participants told Vanity Fair. “Circles never overlap.”