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Kushner ‘absolutely’ sending his own children back to school

White House adviser Jared Kushner said Sunday that he is not concerned about his young children returning to school during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Asked by CBS’s Margaret Brennan on “Face the Nation” whether he was sending his own children back to in-person classes, Kushner, who is President Trump’s son-in-law, responded, “Absolutely.”

And when Brennan asked whether he is concerned about their potential exposure to the virus, Kushner said, “No, because children have a six times higher chance to die from the flu than from the coronavirus, so based on the data I’ve seen, I don’t believe that’s a risk.”

“This virus impacts different people at different rates,” he added. “Our school’s not opening back up five days a week. I wish they would, but we absolutely will be sending our kids back to school, and I have no fear in doing so.”

Kushner also defended the Trump administration’s “aggressive” response to the pandemic even as daily deaths reached 1,500, comparable to May mortality rates. “Most importantly, the president’s really advanced the use of a lot of therapeutics, which is bringing the case fatality rate down better,” he added.

Brennan also pressed Kushner on whether he was concerned that the president’s frequent condemnation of mail-in voting would depress the vote among many of the people most vulnerable to the virus who were part of the Trump campaign’s 2016 victory margin.

“I think what President Trump wants is a fair election. You can’t have a new system being tried where there’s not the right time to do it and then expect them to get it right and expect Americans to have confidence in the elections,” Kushner said. He added that the campaign was unconcerned about affecting turnout for the president, saying, “We have a great operation. We’re very confident. We’re in much better shape now than we were in 2016.” 

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