The U.S. coronavirus death toll of 170,000 is a ‘success story,’ says Jared Kushner

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Jared Kushner, the U.S. president Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, once again gave a bullish assessment of the U.S.s’ coronavirus response on television, despite the nation leading the world in cases and deaths.

The president’s son-in-law and senior adviser doubled down on comments from April, where he called the U.S. administration’s efforts a “great success story” and that the country would be “really rocking again” by July.

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked Kushner “Are 170,000 dead Americans — would you still suggest that this has been a success story?”

“Yes,” Kushner responded, without taking a beat. “Look, there’s a lot of challenges. This has been a global pandemic, a lot of unprecedented challenges.”

Blitzer followed up, giving Kushner another opportunity to demonstrate some humility.

“One thousand Americans dying every day, that’s not a success, right?”

Kushner did not fully agree.

“One American, you know, dying every day is too much, but if you look at where we were back in April, we had 2,500 Americans dying a day.”

April was when Kushner made the biggest splash of any of his public appearances by making the “great success story” comments that Blitzer was asking him about in the first place.

According to the World Health Organization’s August 18, 2020, 05:56 GMT update the U.S. coronavirus scene was the following:

Coronavirus Cases: 5,612,027

Deaths: 173,716

Recovered: 2,973,587



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