- Jared Kushner’s volunteer group charged with securing personal protective equipment (PPE) for hospitals nationwide reportedly prioritised inquiries from Fox News hosts Jeanine Pirro and Brian Kilmeade, according to the Washington Post.
- Volunteers were told to fast-track any PPE queries from “VIPs” and conservative media personalities sympathetic to President Trump, according to a complaint filed by one of the volunteers.
- Kilmeade passed on a lead to the administration on getting PPE “in an effort to be helpful,” while Pirro kept vying for a specific New York hospital to get a “large quantity of masks,” according to two sources familiar with the outreach who spoke to The Post.
- The complaint was filed last month to the House Oversight Committee.
- A Fox News spokeswoman told The Post Pirro and Kilmeade were unaware their tips were being prioritised.
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Fox News hosts saw their PPE queries fast tracked by Jared Kushner’s team of volunteers tasked with securing the equipment for hospitals nationwide, according to a Washington Post report on a complaint filed by one of the volunteers.
President Trump’s senior advisor and son-in-law reportedly oversaw the team filled by consultants with no experience in health care or supply-chain procurement, according to The Post.
In a complaint filed by one of the volunteers to the House Oversight Committee, “VIPs” and Trump-friendly TV hosts are alleged to have gotten their tips on PPE fast tracked.
Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro and Brian Kilmeade were named by two sources familiar with their outreach to the Kushner team.
Pirro “repeatedly lobbied the administration for a specific New York hospital to receive a large quantity of masks,” while Kilmeade got in touch with the administration about where to get PPE, according to The Post.
A Fox News spokeswoman told The Post that neither host was aware their queries were being prioritised.
The report is another blow to Kushner in his outsize role dealing with the pandemic.
Kushner’s loyalists have been mocked as the “Slim Suit Crowd” and a “frat party” by FEMA veterans.
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