Obama Cancels Political Travel To Focus On Ebola Crisis, Pledges ‘More Aggressive’ Response

News outlets report on the White House response to the Ebola epidemic, as U.S. President Barack Obama cancels travel plans to focus on the crisis.

The Hill: Obama scraps Thursday travel to monitor Ebola
“President Obama scrapped his scheduled trip to Rhode Island and New York on Thursday to continue monitoring the Ebola crisis, the White House announced late Wednesday…” (Huggins, 10/15).

The Hill: Obama promises ‘much more aggressive’ response to Ebola
“President Obama said the federal government would adopt a ‘much more aggressive’ response to the Ebola crisis after reports that a second health care worker who contracted the virus flew across the country despite close contact with a patient…” (Sink, 10/15).

Politico: Obama cancels campaign trip; vows Ebola ‘SWAT team’
“…After meeting with a group of senior advisers who have been involved in the Ebola response, Obama told reporters that the Centers for Disease Control would deploy a ‘SWAT team’ to ‘go in as soon as a new case is diagnosed,’ preferably within 24 hours…” (Epstein, 10/16).

Wall Street Journal: Obama Calls for Rapid Response Teams to Contain Any Future Ebola Infections
“…Mr. Obama, speaking after meeting for more than 90 minutes with his senior advisers involved in the Ebola response, promised a review of every step of the government’s response since the first case appeared in the U.S. He said U.S. officials will more aggressively monitor incidents where the virus could potentially spread and apply ‘lessons learned’ from apparent breakdowns in the government’s response to any future cases…” (Lee/Sparshott, 10/16).

Washington Post: Obama cancels campaign trip to deal with ‘urgent’ Ebola situation
“…The president’s decision to scrap his travel schedule to attend to what press secretary Josh Earnest described as ‘a pretty urgent situation here in this country’ laid bare the challenge the White House faces in managing the federal response to the deadly disease. Federal officials are eagerly trying to restore public confidence in the nation’s public health system at a time when its flaws are glaringly evident…” (Epstein, 10/15).

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