The statement drew massive criticism and was deemed highly insensitive.
As the Coronavirus pandemic spreads uncontrollably in the United States, the Governors of the states are looking for federal help in terms of finance and essential supplies to help people tide over the difficult times. But, President Trump's son-in-law and White House advisor, Jared Kushner, does not believe that the federal stockpile of essential supplies can be used by the states.
In the recent press briefing, he took the podium and said: "The notion of the federal stockpile was it’s supposed to be our stockpile. It’s not supposed to be states’ stockpiles that they then use."
It was a highly insensitive thing to say but instead of apologizing for the statement, the government seems to have changed the description on the official website overnight to match what Jared said. As reported by MSNBC, the earlier description read: "Strategic National Stockpile is the nation's largest supply of life-saving pharmaceuticals and medical supplies for use in a public health emergency severe enough to cause local supplies to run out. When the state, local, tribal, and territorial responders request federal assistance to support their response efforts, the stockpile ensures that the right medicines and supplies get to those who need them most during an emergency. Organized for a scalable response to a variety of public health threats, this repository contains enough supplies to respond to multiple large-scale emergencies simultaneously."
The changed version fell in line with Jared's statement and read: "The Strategic National Stockpile's role is to supplement state and local supplies during public health emergencies. Many states have products stockpiled, as well. The supplies, medicines, and devices for life-saving care contained in the stockpile can be used as a short-term stopgap buffer when the immediate supply of adequate amounts of these materials may not be immediately available."
This brings into question the priority of the government between doing the right thing or changing descriptions to suit their own lack of understanding.