White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest today said a ban on travel between the United States and Ebola-stricken portions of West Africa is “not on the table,” despite overwhelming support for such measures among the American public.
A Washington Post poll found that two thirds of Americans want flight restrictions. But the White House believes such measures will hamper efforts to fight the disease in the region.
Earnest, who spoke during the daily briefing, also indicated that President Obama for now is not going to appoint an “Ebola Czar” to oversee the federal effort to control the disease.
Earnest said White House Homeland Security Advisor Lisa Monaco is “coordinating” the response of agencies that are “responsible for their areas of responsibility.” But he rejected the suggestion that Monaco is in charge of the response.
Obama is meeting at 3:30 pm ET with his advisors on Ebola and will speak to Americans this afternoon, Earnest said.