Jared Kushner convened ‘China Virus Huddles’ 3 times a week during the Trump administration to discuss pandemic messaging, documents show

Jared Kushner at a press briefing about the coronavirus at the White House on May 11, 2020.

A House committee investigating the US’s pandemic response released a new report on Tuesday.
Jared Kushner led thrice-weekly meetings on the pandemic dubbed “China Virus Huddles,” the report revealed.
That group, which included “herd immunity” proponent Dr. Scott Atlas, was separate from the official task force.

As the Trump administration worked to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, White House advisor Jared Kushner began to convene thrice-weekly “China Virus Huddles” to strategize on pandemic messaging, according to newly-released documents.

Those “huddles, according to a House committee probing the US’s COVID-19 response, would typically include Kellyanne Conway, a senior counselor to the president; Hope Hicks, an assistant to the president; Paul Mango, the deputy chief of staff for policy at the Department of Health and Human Services; and Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House’s coronavirus response coordinator. 

They also included Dr. Scott Atlas, a fellow at the conservative Hoover Institution who was later brought into the administration as a special advisor to President Donald Trump on issues concerning COVID-19.

The meetings, according to the report, were “used to hone the White House’s coronavirus messaging and address key ‘operational aspects’ of the response outside of the White House Coronavirus Task Force structure.”

The subcommittee’s report also shows how Atlas, a proponent of “herd immunity,” convinced the Trump White House to embrace a strategy of mass infection in the early months of the pandemic.

“As today’s report makes clear, senior officials in the previous Administration embraced a dangerous and discredited herd immunity via mass infection strategy promoted by non-expert advisers like Dr. Scott Atlas and recklessly allowed the coronavirus to infect Americans before vaccines were widely available,” said subcommittee chair Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina in a statement. …read more

Source:: Businessinsider

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