National Security: Importance of US Manufacturing and Coronavirus Outbreak Validated Concerns

| Washington Examiner

Senior presidential adviser Jared Kushner said the novel coronavirus outbreak validated President Trump's 2016 campaign messages on trade and immigration.

During an interview on Fox News with Steve Hilton that aired Sunday evening, Kushner said the federal government is responding to the pandemic, ensuring the United States is "never reliant on foreign supplies again."

"I think that the campaign platform that President Trump ran on in 2016, which was basically you have to secure your borders, and you have to control your own manufacturing as a national security issue, I think those have been totally vindicated positions from the virus. And I doubt that it will be easy for people to argue against them in the future," Kushner said.

This comes after a report said Kushner pushed back against the president's initial, temporary ban, seeking exemptions for refugees, temporary workers under the H-1B visa program, and farmers under the H-2A visa program. A senior White House official said in response that the president's son-in-law fully supports Trump's policy. Stephen Miller, a chief architect of Trump's initial, unrevised executive order, said the order is part of a long term vision of reduced immigration into the country, according to the Washington Post's report on the off-record conversation.

Last week, Trump announced on Twitter his intention to sign an executive order to halt immigration temporarily during the coronavirus pandemic. “In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens, I will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States!” he tweeted.

Since then, the president has enumerated several exceptions for the moratorium, including for landscapers, farmworkers, and other immigrants. The president has argued restricted immigration and amended trade policies have been geared toward protecting U.S. jobs.

"It would be wrong and unjust for Americans laid off by the virus to be replaced with new immigrants, labor flown in from abroad," Trump said at last Tuesday's White House coronavirus briefing, referring to the 26 million people who have filed for unemployment benefits over the past several weeks. "We must first take care of the American worker." READ MORE

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