Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) are demanding that the White House comes clean about Jared Kushner’s role in distributing life-saving supplies during the coronavirus pandemic, Huffington Post reports.
In a letter sent Monday, Warren asked six companies to explain how and where the Trump administration has decided to direct critically needed medical supplies now that the White House is deeply involved with managing the nation’s supply chain. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) also sent a letter demanding answers, according to the report.
“Given the ‘unprecedented’ nature of this partnership, and the numerous reported problems with states and hospital officials being unable to obtain personal protective equipment and other medical supplies, or having shipments of these materials seized by federal officials and spirited to unknown destinations, the American people need an explanation for how these supplies are obtained, priced, and distributed,” the letters read.
As noted by HuffPost, the senators’ questions revolve around Project Airbridge, a public-private partnership with almost no oversight, overseen by President Donald Trump’s close adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, created to accelerate overseas shipments of supplies like personal protective equipment.
Watchdogs are concerned that Kushner is consulting individuals who are self-interested health care profiteers. And the supply chain is riddled with holes, accusations of price-gouging, and reports that the Trump administration is seizing orders of protective gear from states in need.
So far, the administration is not complying with requests for more transparency about its response.