Obama not opposed to travel ban but has concerns

WASHINGTON (AP/KSNT) – President Barack Obama says it may be appropriate to appoint an additional person to lead the Ebola response in the U.S., a response to calls that he name an Ebola “czar.”

He also says he doesn’t have a “philosophical objection” to imposing a travel ban from Ebola-afflicted West Africa. But he says experts tell him it is less effective than measures already in place.

He says a ban could result in people trying to hide where they are coming from and thus being less likely to be screened.

Obama spoke at the end of a meeting with Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Thomas Frieden and top White House officials.

On Friday, Kansas US Senator Jerry Moran voiced his concerns about the employment of what he called an “Epola Response Coordinator”.

Moran is the ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Health Subcommittee and said “Without the right person in charge, I am concerned the President’s appointment of a political ally will only add to the bureaucratic inefficiencies that have plagued Ebola response efforts thus far.”

Moran added, “This is a real crisis and worth of an individual with extensive background in international diplomacy, experience coordinating large-scale interagency missions, as well as a proven ability to work with Congress and across the aisle.”

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