The description of the Strategic National Stockpile was changed on Friday to align with the way White House senior adviser Jared Kushner described it at a press briefing the day before.
Amid states bidding against each other for medical supplies and officials begging the federal government for help in procuring much-needed items, Kushner said they should not look to the reserve for help
‘The notion of the federal stockpile was it’s supposed to be our stockpile.It’s not supposed to be states stockpiles that they then use,’ he said.
The description of the Strategic National Stockpile was changed on Friday to align with the way White House senior adviser Jared Kushner described it
The language from earlier this week describing the Strategic National Stockpile
The new language describing the Strategic National Stockpile
But the description on the website for the Strategic National Stockpile actually said state and local governments could count on it for help.
‘Strategic National Stockpile is the nation’s largest supply of life-saving pharmaceuticals and medical supplies for use in a public health emergency severe enough to cause local supplies to run out,’ it read, ‘When state, local, tribal, and territorial responders request federal assistance to support their response efforts, the stockpile ensures that the right medicines and supplies get to those who need them most during an emergency.’
But, on Friday, there was a new description of the stockpile, one that reflected Kushner’s description.
‘The Strategic National Stockpile’s role is to supplement state and local supplies during public health emergencies,’ it now says.’Many states have products stockpiled, as well. The supplies, medicines, and devices for life-saving care contained in the stockpile can be used as a short-term stopgap buffer when the immediate supply of adequate amounts of these materials may not be immediately available.’
A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services told DailyMail.com the language change had been in the works for ‘a week’ to ‘more clearly explain to state and local agencies and members of the public the role of the’ the stockpile.
‘This is language we have been using in responding to inquiries for weeks now.ASPR [The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response] first began working to update the website text a week ago to more clearly explain to state and local agencies and members of the public the role of the SNS,’ the spokesperson said.
The stockpile is a repository of antibiotics, vaccines, chemical antidotes, antitoxins, and other critical medical supplies.
It was formed in 1998 when then-President Bill Clinton read a fiction book about mad scientists spreading a virus throughout New York City.He inquired of his staff about medical supplies on reserve. While there was a stockpile for the military, there was not one for civilians, so his administration created one.
President Donald Trump and his administration has been pushing blame for the lack of medical supplies to respond to the coronavirus to the states. The White House has sought to portray itself as the rescuer of states’ incompetence
Kushner pushed that idea on Thursday.
He lectured governors – many of whom have been begging the federal government for medical equipment as they struggle to respond to the pandemic amid dwindling supplies – on how to be ‘good managers.’
‘You have to take inventory in your state, and 에그벳 you have to be able to prove that there’s a real need,’ he said of the requests for they were getting for ventilators, marks and other protective gear for workers on the front line, who are at high risk of contracting the contagious disease.
He said that governors should know ‘the number of how many ventilators they have in their state because that’s the first thing a good manager will do.’
‘What a lot of the voters are seeing now is that when you would like somebody to be a mayor or governor or president, you’re trying to think about who will be a competent manager during the time of crisis.This is a time of crisis, and you’re seeing certain people are better managers than others,’ he added.
Kushner’s extraordinary behind-the-scenes role as a key figure in the administration’s task force is drawing bewilderment from some officials who see a non-health expert exercising authority.
The president’s son-in-law has brought in former associates and friends as he tries to short-circuit procedures to get medical supplies to states and localities.
And he has taken a role in one of the central questions of life-saving medical equipment: who should get priority access to precious ventilators.
White House senior adviser Jared Kushner lectured governors pushing for medical equipment during a White House briefing room appearance.An unnamed official described his team as a ‘frat party’ descended from a UFO
An official compared Kushner’s team to a ‘frat party.’ Its members include Brad Smith, a fellow Harvard grad, and Jared’s former college roommate Adam Noehner
A senior administration official involved in meetings about the coronavirus outbreak told the Kushner’s team was like a ‘frat party’ that ‘descended from a U.F.O.and invaded the federal government.’
But Kushner has defended his work, saying he can make things happen quickly from his West Wing office just down the hall from the Oval Office.
From the White House, ‘you can move a lot faster,’ he said.”I’ve put members of my team into a lot of components. What we’ve been able to do is get people very quick answers.”
The figures Kushner has involved in order to expedite requests for equipment include friends and associates from his time as a senior White House aide and as a player in New York real estate.
They include Kushner’s former roommate Adam Boehler, the head of an international finance agency, and Brad Smith, who leads an innovation center at the Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services.
According to his CMS bio, Harvard grad Smith ‘was the Co-Founder and CEO of Aspire Health, which he grew from an idea into the nation’s largest home-based palliative care provider operating in 25 states and over 70 cities.’
The paper also identified software entrepreneur Nat Turner as part of Kushner’s improvised team.
The Kushner effort comes as governors around the country have been publicly and privately begging for medical equipment as some hospitals begin to be overrun with patients.
He has stepped in as the coronavirus outbreak hits close to home, with New York and New Jersey seeing a spike in cases, even as his father in law has offered conflicting information about whether the situation is contained or dire, sunny pronouncements about having enough equipment available, and threats to use government powers to force manufacturers to make more of it.
White House adviser Jared Kushner attends a teleconference with governors at the Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters From left, President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf, White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr.Deborah Birx and Adm. Brett Giroir, assistant secretary for health and Kushner on March 19, 2020 in Washington, DC
Kushner has taken leading roles in numerous areas, including a Mideast peace proposal
Democratic Congresswoman Kathleen Rice of New York, a former federal prosecutor, called on White House senior adviser Jared Kushner to ‘resign or be fired immediately,’ arguing his inexperience poses ‘a direct threat to American lives’
Kushner gave a window into the type of assignments he is carrying out at the White House Thursday.
‘Got a call from the president, he told me he was hearing from friends of his in New York that the New York public hospital system was running low on critical supplies,’ Kushner told reporters while the president looked on.
He said he made a series of calls to officials and said the result was the administration would ‘send a month of supply.’
‘We’ll be doing similar things with all the different public hospitals that are in the hot spot zones,’ he said.
House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep.Benny Thompson – who is calling for a special commission to probe the coronavirus response – publicly criticized Kushner’s role.
‘FEMA was brought into the response to provide logistics support and the White House should let them do their work.There is no reason for Jared or any other inexperienced person to be getting in the way of that,’ he told The Times.
And Democratic Congresswoman Kathleen Rice of New York, a former federal prosecutor, called on Kushner to ‘resign or be fired immediately,’ arguing his inexperience poses ‘a direct threat to American lives.’
Kushner has been running a ‘shadow’ coronavirus task force, which has brought in private sector officials to augment the government response.
‘Since day 1 we’ve known that Jared Kushner was nothing more than a product of nepotism.Entirely inexperienced, unqualified and ill-informed for the position he held. But during this crisis, he poses a direct threat to American lives. He needs to resign or be fired immediately,’ she wrote on Twitter.
Meanwhile the blame game from the administration has played out as the backdrop of the pandemic, which has seen more than 245,000 Americans infected and more than 6,000 dead from the disease.
President Trump also has pushed the blame to the states and engaged in a verbal war of words with various governors.
President Donald Trump has engaged in a verbal war of words with various governors
President Trump and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo exchanged barbs last week on the number of ventilators sent to help the state
He and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo exchanged barbs last week on the number of ventilators sent help the state – which has the highest infection rate in the nation – combat the coronavirus.They later made amends.
Additionally last week, he attacked the governors of Washington and Michigan for not being appreciative enough to him during the crisis.
‘I think they should be appreciative,’ he said during his daily White House briefing.’When they’re not appreciative to me. They are not appreciative to the army corps. They are not appreciative to FEMA. It’s not right.’
He added that: ‘If they don’t treat you right, I don’t call.’
Both Washington Governor Jay Inslee and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has complained they’re not getting enough supplies and support from the federal government as their states battle the coronavirus.
Whitmore refused to engage the president on the matter, saying officials should be fighting the coronavirus, not each other.
‘Right now, we all need to be focused on fighting the virus, not each other.I’m willing to work with anyone as long as we get the personal protective equipment we need for the people of Michigan,’ she tweeted after the president’s remarks.
In an interview with