The interview came shortly after the Trump administration announced guidelines for the reopening of parts of the country that were dubbed “Opening Up America Again”.
“In my eyes, it was almost like Trump getting the country back from the doctors,” said Kushner.
“But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot of pain and there won’t be pain for a while,” added Trump’s son-in-law.
Kushner’s comments came amid the virus’ first wave as it struck New York City and other parts of the Northeast. Since the pandemic began, more than a quarter of a million people have died across the country and more than 8.8 million have contracted the disease, including Trump and members of his family.
Trump and his advisors have been criticized at various times for ignoring or overriding recommendations from government experts in an attempt to fuel economic recovery and protect the president’s chances of re-election.
Trump himself has argued that the severe economic restrictions put in place in response to the virus are having a negative impact – including exacerbating substance abuse, domestic violence and mental health issues – and pressuring governors and locally elected officials to follow suit cancel.
He has also claimed the media focused on the ongoing pandemic to politically injure him and that coverage of it will wane after the elections.
“It’s Covid, Covid, Covid,” Trump said at a rally in Michigan this week. “You can’t see anything else. You won’t hear that much about it on November 4th.”