White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest appeared outraged after reporters questioned whether the decision to cancel President Obama’s fundraisers in New Jersey and Connecticut for a White House meeting on Ebola was a political decision.
“It was not,” Earnest said flatly.
White House reporter Justin Sink pointed out that Obama frequently holds fast to his political schedule in spite of moments of national crisis, suggesting that the proximity of the midterm elections may have played a part in the decision.
“In this situation, the President thought it was important to convene a meeting of the senior members of his administration who are responsible for responding to this particular incident,” he said.
When pressed further, Earnest explained that he hadn’t even thought about the political implications.