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Rep. Ellmers: New Ebola Czar Is 'Political Operative'

Friday, 17 October 2014 05:56 PM

Ron Klain, a trusted adviser at the Obama White House who was just appointed the nation's "Ebola czar," is "nothing more than a political operative," Rep. Renee Ellmers says.

"Our president is treating this as a major public relations situation rather than a major public health situation," Ellmers, a North Carolina Republican, said Friday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"It just makes me think this is going to be all about politics rather than protecting the American people."

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Klain was appointed to the post a day after a heated congressional hearing in which the testimony of CDC Chief Dr. Thomas Freiden was blasted by some lawmakers as being too vague.

Ellmers, a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee who attended the hearing, is among those left dumbfounded by Freiden's answers.

"He cannot keep his story straight as you point out.... I'm very concerned as to how this was spread. I don't think we're getting the answers that we really need to get....

"I know they don't want to create a panic. I don't want to create a panic, but because they're not being forthcoming with information, they're creating a situation where they're starting to see reactions across the country."

She added she is perplexed by Freiden's opposition to a flight ban to and from Ebola-affected countries.

"[After the hearing] I felt even more strongly that we need to put travel restrictions in place," she said.

"To have those individuals potentially traveling here and then exposing future Americans to this disease, I don't understand that thinking at all."

While some have suggested Freiden step down, Ellmers said that is "not the priority'' for now.

"At this point, he's being told what to say and what to do," she said.

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Ron Klain, a trusted adviser at the Obama White House who was just appointed the nation's "Ebola czar," is "nothing more than a political operative," Rep. Renee Ellmers says.
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