Virginia Rep. Bob Goodlatte, who serves as the House Judiciary Committee Chairman, appeared on the Fox News Channel Monday evening to share a frightening new wrinkle in the ongoing Ebola threat looming in the United States. According to the Republican lawmaker, there is evidence that the Obama administration will soon be transporting Ebola patients from West Africa to American hospitals for treatment.
“Members of the media, my office, have received confidential communications saying those plans are being developed,” he told host Megyn Kelly. “That’s why I wrote to the administration last week, to Secretary [of State John] Kerry and to Secretary [of Homeland Security Jeh] Johnson asking them to confirm or deny it and produce documents related to that.”
So far, however, there has been no such response.
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Goodlatte explained that it is “simply a matter of common sense” that those suffering from the deadly disease would only exacerbate an issue that has already led to confirmed cases of Ebola in two U.S. states.
“If you are concerned about this problem spreading, and this is a deadly disease that we’re even concerned about the great healthcare workers when they come back not spreading it,” he said, “we certainly shouldn’t be bringing in patients who will compound the problem.”
Kelly asked why transporting patients according to safety protocol would present an added risk to Americans, an issue Goodlatte was happy to explore.
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“The problem,” he responded, “is that the disease needs to be contained where it is now and people treated there.”
He said he supports efforts to send American doctors to the affected countries, noting that the “real heroes” who heed such a call should be given every resource needed to facilitate success.
“But the risk, of course, is we still don’t even know how the disease is spread.”
He warned against assuming the “added risk of introducing people into the United States when we can take the resources there and treat them there.”
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