Jay Carney: Ebola Puts Obama 'in a Bad Light,' Suggests 'Flight Restrictions'

Jay Carney: Ebola Puts Obama 'in a Bad Light,' Suggests 'Flight Restrictions'

On Thursday’s edition of CNN’s “New Day,” former White House press secretary Jay Carney, now a CNN contributor, admitted optics of the various crises around the world don’t bode well for President Barack Obama’s White House.

Carney specifically referenced the Ebola outbreak, ISIS and the Ukraine as problem areas for the White House.

“Well, I think, Chris, whenever there is a crisis like I think you have now with Ebola, whenever you have a situation like ISIS in that region of the world, the problem with Ukraine and you have these cascading problems all at once, which are very hard to control individually, let alone collectively, you get a White House and an administration that appears to be all out and under a lot of strain. But, you don’t get to choose the crisis you deal with as a president. All of these things land on your doorstep.”

“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 canceled 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. But, there is no question in this environment it all washes back on the White House and that puts them in a bad light.”

Later in the segment, in dealing with the Ebola outbreak, Carney seemed to endorse the idea of travel restrictions.

“I think substantive actions need 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.

(h/t Washington Free Beacon)

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