Putting a positive face, Trump delivered his daily update on coronavirus
and Kushner described the administration's much-criticized response to the pandemic as "a great success story.
Trump also talked about the good news the day provided: hopeful results for a possible Covid-19 treatment.
The US economy
shrank at a 4.8 per cent annual rate in first quarter of the year a precursor to far grimmer reports that are expected this summer from the severe recession triggered by the pandemic.
The White House has been trying to pivot to a new stage of the crisis, focused on efforts to reopen the nation's economy state-by-state amid concerns that lifting restrictions too quickly and without sufficient testing and contact tracing will spur a resurgence.
"We're heartened that the worst of the pain and suffering is going to be behind us," Trump said as he led a roundtable with executives from companies like Hilton and Toyota.
Trump laid out a vision of a return to pre-coronavirus
normalcy with or without a vaccine with packed restaurants and filled stadiums. That vision flies in the face of sober assessments from doctors who say the country will need to embrace a new normal" that includes extended social distancing and mask-wearing.