Before losing the election to President-elect Joe Biden, President Donald Trump pointed a finger at Jared Kushner and said it would be his son-in-law's fault if November 3 didn't go well.
'You're killing me! This whole thing is! We've got all the damn cases,' Trump yelled at Kushner in August. 'I'm going to lose. And it's going to be your fault because of the testing.'
On Thursday The New York Times published a behind-the-scenes look into Trump's politicized coronavirus response - that he lashed out about too much testing, because the numbers made him look bad - while also dismissing his pollster's numbers that said his base would, in fact, embrace mask-wearing.
President Donald Trump (left), returning to the White House Thursday with first lady Melania Trump (right), pointed a finger at Jared Kushner and there being too much coronavirus testing predicting he would lose the election, the New York Times reportedInsurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
IN THE DOGHOUSE: President Donald Trump told Jared Kushner it would be his son-in-law's fault if he lost re-election as Kushner set up some of the COVID-19 testing. The president wanted fewer Americans to be tested because the high numbers made him look bad
The Times reported that White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows (left) and adviser Stephen Miller (right) both told President Donald Trump that a mask mandate wouldn't go over well with his base, as the president tried to combat the coronavirus pandemic in an election year
The Times' reporting makes clear that Trump's pandemic response was being looked at through a political lens, with the November 3 election always in sight.
The newspaper recalls an August 19 Oval Office meeting where Trump tore into Kushner because American testing was showing too much spread.
'I want to do what Mexico does,' Trump said. 'They don't give you a test 'til you get to the emergency room and you're vomiting.'
The paper also reported that Trump's main pollster Tony Fabrizio presented the president with numbers that showed his supporters would embrace mask-wearing.
But Trump's political gut said otherwise.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
He was also influenced by key aides including Chief of Staff Mark