HOUSTON, Texas — Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert vocalized his disbelief and disgust at the Obama Administration’s push to treat non-U.S. citizens with Ebola in the United States.
“My concerns expressed in recent weeks that the Obama Administration had probably cut a deal with foreign leaders to let their Ebola patients come to the United States were apparently spot on,” Gohmert said.
The congressman’s statement follow the release of a memo written by a State Department official, which indicated that the Obama Administration is likely to admit non-U.S. citizens into the country for Ebola treatment. The document stated that planning to treat Ebola-infected foreigners is an “obligation” of U.S. agencies. According to Fox News, the memo said that the U.S. “needs to show leadership and act as we are asking others to act by admitting certain non-citizens into the country for medical treatment for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) during the Ebola crisis.”
Gohmert said of the alleged plan, “Completely ignoring the fatal nature of Ebola in horrible ways evidences the callous, wanton disregard for the American lives by President Obama and his appointees took an oath to protect. The evidence that the Obama administration is attempting to sneak foreign Ebola patients into the United States is electrifying since they have not even been able to say where the United States military that he sent to Africa could go if they get the Ebola virus.”
He continued, “One would think that it would be common sense not to bring infected patients across our border. In this administration, that kind of sense is extremely uncommon.”
The congressman additionally addressed the Obama Administration’s refusal to instate a travel ban from countries heavily afflicted by Ebola. Given the consistent insistence that such a ban is not necessary, Gohmert said he “knew there had to be an ulterior motive like a secret deal to put Americans involuntarily at risk by bringing in foreigners with the deadly disease.”
Gohmert concluded, “The President said yesterday Americans are not a people defined by fear. That has been true for most of our history. However, when we have a President who refuses to take actions which most Americans know to be common sense protections for Americans at their embassies, in our military, at our borders, in our hospitals, from radical Islamic terrorists, from fatal diseases, and from a government spying on its own people, then Americans’ common sense says there is reason to be very concerned or even fearful.”
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