White House adviser and President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner told journalist Bob Woodward that Trump should avoid talking about the virus making a comeback in the fall because it would undermine his plans to reopen the economy. The revelation came in a newly released audio recordings published by CNN,
“So if you basically say this is coming back in the fall, don’t gear up, then people won’t rehire, people will stay unemployed,” Kushner explained. “And if you’re planning for the worst-case scenario, that will become a self-fulfilling prophecy.”
Kushner then said that ignoring dire warnings about a fall surge also helped Trump in his role as economic “cheerleader.”
“One of the things that the President’s great at is he’s a cheerleader,” Kushner said. “He’s trying to make people feel good about the outcome.”
More than 225,000 Americans have died from the novel coronavirus pandemic in the past eight months alone.
But despite Trump’s silence in the face of new coronavirus surge across the country, the economy continues to decline. On Wednesday, the dow plummeted more than 800 points at the opening bell.