Jay Carney, former White House Press Secretary and now CNN contributor, admits that the known Ebola cases do not help the Obama administration and “put them in a bad light.”
Carney discussed how, with the medley of crises happening simultaneously with ISIS, Ebola, and Ukraine, the administration gets put under strain–but adds that “you don’t get to choose the crisis you deal with as president.”
“I think in the end this is not a political issue. It’s an issue that has to be handled. That’s why the president has cancelled travel. That’s why he’s focused now that we have cases in the United States on taking more direct action to protect the U.S. to make sure that this crisis is one that is principally overseas and not a U.S. crisis,” Carney said. “But, there is no question in this environment it all washes back on the White House and that puts them in bad light.”
With the Ebola outbreak being the most local issue at hand, Carney expressed his belief that travel bans from Ebola-stricken countries is a novel idea.
“I think substantive actions have to be taken, and they may involve flight restrictions, they may involve moving all patients to specific hospitals in the country that can handle Ebola, and I think those would be wise decisions to make,” Carney said.
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