White House senior adviser Jared Kushner said the coronavirus outbreak highlighted the importance of President Donald Trump's stance on securing the country's borders.
During an interview on Fox News' "The Next Revolution" on Sunday, Kusher said the pandemic has shown why it is so important to move manufacturing back to the U.S.
The U.S. has had to rely on foreign governments for essential items like masks and personal protection equipment. Kusher, who has been charged with managing the flow of the U.S. supply chains during the crisis, has seen firsthand the challenges that relying on the global supply chain has caused the government in its response to combating the coronavirus.
"I think 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 it will be easy for people to argue against them in the future," Kushner said.
The president's son-in-law said the federal government is now looking into ways to change how the national stockpile of items "that are critical for our national security" are obtained.
"We're thinking of ways right now to redo our stockpile, given the nature of the hospital system and the medical distribution system, and figure out how we can take all the learnings from this virus and figure out how we can be more prepared for the future," he said.
Kushner said many key industries have expressed interest in moving manufacturing onshore.
"If you look at why it went overseas before, it's because people were a big cost of manufacturing. Now, it's really robots ... the personnel component of manufacturing has actually gone down but we've lost a lot of the capability here in America to be the leader in advanced manufacturing and President Trump is very committed to making sure that over the next couple of years, America regains their ability to be the leading global advanced manufacturer," he said.
"We're onshoring a lot of these industries, working to make sure we're never reliant on foreign supplies again, and the doctors have learned more about how to treat this."
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