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Jared Kushner makes mistake; HHS updates website hours later to cover up the mistake

Jared Kushner makes mistake; HHS updates website hours later to cover up the mistake

Kushner Mistake Leads to HHS Cover Up Attempt

On Thursday, April 2nd, 2020, during the White House’s COVID-19 press briefing, Jared Kushner argued that the strategic stockpile of medical equipment:

“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. “So we’re encouraging the states to make sure that they’re assessing the needs, they’re getting the data from their local situations, and then trying to fill it with the supplies that we’ve given them.”

– Jared Kushner

However, at the time of his statement, here is a screenshot of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s website (HHS) regarding the strategic stockpile:

HHS Strategic Stockpile website as of April 2, 2020 before Jared Kushner misspoke.
HHS Website for the Strategic Stockpile as of April 2, 2020 at 4:58 a.m. Image screenshot courtesy of The Internet Archive: https://web.archive.org/web/*/https://www.phe.gov/about/sns/Pages/default.aspx

Kushner’s statement doesn’t make sense on its own as he references “ours”. Assuming he means the Federal government versus the states (or the citizens of the U.S.) However, it contradicts the organization’s own web page which states that the opposite – that the stockpile goes to “state, local, tribal and territorial responders”.

So, because Kushner misspoke, someone (likely at the White House), directed the HHS to update the website which took place the morning of Friday, April 3, 2020. The website now reads as follows:

HHS Strategic Stockpile website within hours of Jared Kushner (or someone on his behalf) instructed it be updated to reflect his false statement.
The same webpage after it was updated hours after Jared Kushner misspoke. It was updated to match the misinformation he shared with the American public.

Should Americans be concerned that its elected officials are changing public records to cover up misstatements, mistakes, and misinformation?

 

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