Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Friday he remains deeply skeptical about President Obama’s ability to prevent an Ebola outbreak in the U.S., claiming that federal health officials are still underplaying the risks.
Paul said while he doesn’t want the government to incite panic over Ebola, he doesn’t believe the administration has been entirely transparent about the threat.
“I understand people in government not wanting to create panic, and I don’t want to create panic, either. But I think it’s also a mistake on the other side of the coin to underplay the risk of this,” Paul told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.
Federal health officials have repeatedly tried to calm public fears about the disease after it was diagnosed in the U.S. on Sept. 30. The patient’s death on Wednesday renewed fears about Ebola, which had turned fatal despite treatment from a large U.S. hospital.
Obama, as well as the heads of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), have maintained that the American healthcare system is well-equipped to prevent an outbreak.