Obama Weekly Address: Banning Travel From Ebola Infected Countries Would “Make Situation Worse” (Video)
In his Weekly Address on the Ebola outbreak Barack Obama argued that banning flights from West Africa to the United States would make the situation worse.
Yes, he actually believes this.
From the president’s Weekly Address (October 18, 2014)
New screening measures are now in place at airports that receive nearly all passengers arriving from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. And we’ll continue to constantly review our measures, and update them as needed, to make sure we’re doing everything we can to keep Americans safe.
Finally, we can’t just cut ourselves off from West Africa, where this disease is raging. Our medical experts tell us that the best way to stop this disease is to stop it at its source-before it spreads even wider and becomes even more difficult to contain. Trying to seal off an entire region of the world-if that were even possible-could actually make the situation worse. It would make it harder to move health workers and supplies back and forth. Experience shows that it could also cause people in the affected region to change their travel, to evade screening, and make the disease even harder to track.
So the United States will continue to help lead the global response in West Africa. Because if we want to protect Americans from Ebola here at home, we have to end it over there. And as our civilian and military personnel serve in the region, their safety and health will remain a top priority.
Dozens of countries have already banned all direct flights from the Ebola infected region.