Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) argued that new restrictions requiring individuals coming to the US from Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia to fly into five US airports were only “hospital gown coverage” and would not “provide the protection we need” on Tuesday’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto” on the Fox News Channel.
Gohmert argued that leaders in Nigeria were smarter than officials in the US because Nigeria has implemented travel restrictions on the countries with massive outbreaks of the Ebola virus, adding “saying that they can only land in five different airports and we’re going to check their temperatures, Neil, you’ve read the information. You can easily have this thing incubating for 21 days before it manifests itself. That’s not going to protect us, and what this policy does, what it provides, is what we call the hospital gown coverage. Their goal at the White House is just to make you think you are covered, when actually you’re exposed from areas you don’t see. This isn’t going to provide the protection we need. We’re exposed.”
He stated that a travel ban was “not an overreaction. It’s what every caring mother has told her kids…’ you’re sick, you’re not going over there and taking that, or they’re sick, you’re not going there.’ It’s what every mother knows and this president doesn’t get it, and so it’s not an overreaction when you want to save lives.”
He also criticized the White House for failing to secure the border in the case of Ebola spreading to Central America, and sending the US military to Africa to help fight the disease, saying “I do not think it’s a good idea to send 4,000 of our military, some of them 101st Airborne…we ought to be sending medical personnel who volunteer and he’s sending our military over there? You talk about hospital gown coverage. They’ve said they’re going to give them masks and gloves and tell them to wash their hands regularly. Our military will be exposed and then we can’t even find out whether our military will be allowed back in the United States if they get it. They’re not thinking of anything but politics.”
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