Apr 3, 2020
US president Donald Trump has deployed his son-in-law Jared Kushner to the coronavirus taskforce. Kushner said he will ‘break down every barrier needed to make sure the teams can succeed’. When questioned on the distributing of the medical supplies, both Trump and Kushner sought to shift blame to individual states. Along with Kushner, Trump introduced Peter Navarro, the national Defense Production Act (DPA) policy coordinator. Navarro, a hardliner on trade, said the pandemic showed ‘we’re over-dependent on a global supply chain’ and was a ‘vindication’ of Trump’s stance on buying American goods and strengthening borders.