- For several weeks in March and April, Max Kennedy Jr., then 26, served on Jared Kushner’s White House COVID-19 Supply Chain Task Force.
- Kennedy, who is Robert F. Kennedy’s grandson, quit the task force in April. Soon after, he wrote an anonymous whistleblower complaint to Congress accusing the task force of corruption and ineptitude.
- According to Kennedy, most members of the task force were young, inexperienced volunteers “cold emailing” Chinese factories from their personal email accounts.
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When Max Kennedy Jr. volunteered to help out on Jared Kushner’s White House COVID-19 Supply Chain Task Force, he thought he’d be helping out senior staff with rote tasks like data entry.
“My old boss called me and said he heard Kushner’s task force needed younger volunteers who had general skills and were willing to work seven days a week for no money,” Kennedy, now 27, said in the forthcoming documentary about the Trump team’s coronavirus response, “Totally Under Control.” The film, which was made in secret over the past five months, is slated for on-demand release on October 13.
Despite his “apprehension” about working for the Trump administration, Kennedy volunteered because he felt like it was the right thing to do, he said.
So Kennedy traveled to Washington, DC, and showed up at the headquarters of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Once there, he said volunteers were led to Conference Room A, a windowless underground meeting space. TVs covered the walls, all blaring Fox News.
After they sat down, Kennedy said representatives from FEMA and the military came in and gave them a