Hill Members Grill CDC On Ebola, White House Nixes Travel Ban

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President Obama spoke from the Oval Office after meeting for two hours with his Ebola team. He said a travel ban is “not the way to go.” He did not close the door to appointing an Ebola czar, saying: It may be appropriate for me to appoint an additional person – officials have other responsibilities.

At a congressional hearing on Thursday, CDC Director Tom Frieden admitted that officials still don’t know exactly how two nurses contracted Ebola from Thomas Eric Duncan. Debate over banning travel from West Africa dominated the hearing as Republicans clashed with federal health officials on the need to suspend flights.

However, White House spokesman Josh Earnest argued Thursday that there’s a big risk associated with a travel ban – people attempting to circumvent the ban, making it harder to ensure screenings.

ABC’s Mary Bruce joined us from Washington DC.

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